Rupert Murdoch has been interviewed and apparently this was aired in Sydney last weekend. Normally as we age and start to lose our faculties, it is of no great moment because we just become grumpy old men who no one listens to.
But with Rupert being so wealthy and enthusiastically pumping up Tony Abbott’s tires so he can become even more so, we suddenly find he can have great influence via his newspapers and that’s very bad news for the country.
A couple of highlights to think about.
- “At the moment the north pole is melting but the south pole is getting bigger,”
- ”If the sea level rises six inches, that’s a big deal in the world, the Maldives might disappear or something, but OK, we can’t mitigate that, we can’t stop it, we have to stop building vast houses on seashores.”
- ”We can be the low-cost energy country in the world,” he said. “We shouldn’t be building windmills and all that rubbish.”
- “My impression is that he [Tony Abbott] is the most admirable, honest, principled man, something we really need in a prime minister, someone we can look up to,”
The first point is wrong. The South Pole is reducing but at a slower rate. To claim this shows either ignorance or deliberate bullshitting.
On the second point, it’s fine for the mega rich to build a few more homes on higher ground but that ability exists only for a handful of folk. Compare that to the projected 600 million folk in poorer countries who have to cop it sweet.
On point three, we certainly could but it wouldn’t be using the heavily subsidised, and carbon producing Coal industry. Victoria’s biggest power station barely makes it into the black on base load even with the tax payer handouts.
Point four is from the same interview but a different news outlet. How many more promises does Tony have to break before the terms honest and principled get thrown out? According to the PM he has a mandate to remove the carbon tax but somehow that doesn’t apply to Gonski, the ABC and SBS, taxing the Aged, undermining Medicare, and a host of other promises.
Some may think that Rupert is simply out of touch living in the US but he clearly recognises which side his bread is buttered on.
Mad? Maybe. Greedy? Most certainly. Prepared to trick his readers for his own financial gain? Absolutely. Concerned for the long term well being of Australia? Not his country, not his problem.