My belated report on the leaders debate of Thursday.
A former colleague called me up at the last minute with a free seat to the lunch yesterday, I went along out of curiosity (mainly to see if the NPC was still serving the same soggy risotto and tastless lump of chicken).
The soggy risotto remains, but this time I’m pleased to report it was a delicous piece of beef. Very tender!
Anyway, apart from the food, the whole affair was very ho-hum. Neither side spoke particularly well. I was unfortunate enough to be seated near a table of Liberal sycophants, whose obviously pre-rehearsed routine of canned laughter and jeers was quite irritating.
Anyway, it seemed like the Libs had a deliberate strategy of simply bagging out the Labour government, rather that talking in depth about their own policies, which I found surprising. Isn’t the election only a month away? Nevertheless, it was quite effective and seemed to wrong foot Stanhope.
Anyway, Zed’s rousing finish to his speech about education seemed very familiar. I’d forgotten about it until I saw a mention about it on page 7 of the Canberra times tonight at the food court. It was a word for word rip off from the West Wing! I knew I’d heard it before! For those keen West Wingers like myself, it is that episode in season 4 where a bomb goes off at a uni and the President has to address a group of teachers right after. He has a stirring bit:
‘We’re not doing nearly enough, not nearly enough to teach our children well. And we can do better and we must do better, and we will do better. And we will start this moment today!’
And Zed ripped it off! For his own speech about education! From a fictional Democrat! How completely lame.
I can’t believe the Crimes buried it on p7. The one positive thing Zed has to say and he steals it from a TV show. What, did he google ‘education speech’ or something?
And the USA connection doesn’t end there. To keep Zed Bartlett company will be Clinton ‘for the White House’ White (yes, that’s really his slogan). And if they get thirsty, they can always call on ‘Jac(qui Myers) Lives Here. Clever targeting of the Charny vote that slogan! Hope she doesn’t get sued by Jack though! I heard rumours that Steve Doszpot got a strongly worded email from EMI about his unauthorised ‘Goldfinger’ rip off theme song.
Doesn’t seem to be on his website anymore, that could be why.