Sunday, November 25, 2007

We need to talk about Kevin


The Rudd celebrates the end of a long drought - from the Sydney Morning Herald

Australians are waking up to the first new government in eleven years right about now. Labor has won the election. It was a result that, although widely predicted, few dared hope for. I know how great it feels and I'm very much looking forward to enjoying the new mood when I return to my birth-mother country early next year. That there's a pointless full stop, (and I hope this doesn't come across as gratuitous tautology on my part), after 'New Leadership' on the banner above, indicates a refreshing lack of slickness. After ten years of British New Labour's 'style over substance' approach to public interface, I find the lack of attention to presentation cause for celebration.

I imagine the conversation with brand for u on this campaign that went,

b4U: What's your goal for your new brand?

Team Rudd: We end up running the Government.

b4U: Yes, but what's vision behind that?

Team Rudd: More people vote for us than the other guys.

b4u: Whatever. That'll be $500,000 (please, thank you).

Money well spent.

There was, to be fair, a certain cringing at House of Pants over the Kevin07 campaign. I can only say in defence of the incoming Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, if your name does happen to rhyme with the calendar year in which you're making your first stab at high office, you should go with the linguistic flow. Kevin's just nerdy enough to get away with it, and sodding well did too. Sis Pants, who incidentally suggested the title for this post, tells me that locally the Ruddster is known as The Milky Bar Kid. As long as he continues the Kid's tradition of giving rather than taking, we'll get along fine.

When I talk to Ma Pants in the morning, I know she'll be thrilled with the
Ruddslide. She's a total Ruddite and won't mind me saying so. What we know so far is that the new government will withdraw Australian soldiers from Iraq and sign the Kyoto agreement. Already I feel as if I'll be going to live in a place that is so much more like the home that I recognise. I didn't know the place that imperilled and brutalised human beings fleeing persecution. I didn't understand the place that allowed working conditions to be eroded to a level below decency for the first time since the Great Depression. I do know that a change of government could make all the difference. It has before. And now there is hope of halting the march of greed and self-interest that made Australia all icing and no cake.

On ya Kev. The whole country woke up, smelt the low-fat latte, and saw that evil bastard Howard off. Not only did he lose the election, he lost his seat as well. Don't think you can start moaning about 'unfair dismissal' either Johnnie - you took away that right, remember? Let's hope your local Centrelink takes a tough line on lazy prats like you and hassles you to do voluntary work.



12 comments:

phil said...

I have a dream...for Australian working class families..for whom lattes will be mandatory. No, damn it all, make that obligatory.

Yay for the good team.

That's so pants said...

Hi Phil

Your work is done. Take the rest of the year off.


xxx

Pants

Reading the Signs said...

Happy for you, Pants. But all I really have to say is that there is nothing wrong with lattes - they are a good thing; just skinny lattes, which are lacking in substance and pointless. Like the term "cafe culture".

That's so pants said...

Hi Signs

It is true that Australia has the best coffee outside of Italy which makes the intolerable smugness about it almost justifiable. The nice weather simply adds to the enjoyability of going for coffee.

xxx

Pants

Dame Honoria Glossop said...

I wish the UK had a Socialist party to vote for.

That's so pants said...

Your Dameship

There is one - Her Majesty's Socialist Alliance. They're pants though. I don't think the Australian Labor Party is any more socialist than our lovely UK model. Let's just hope they're less arrogant, more competent and not righteously hellbent.

xxx

Pants

Wisewebwoman said...

I was quite thrilled to read of the news of your mama country, Pants.
Then again I was thrilled when the Bliar took the helm only to be quickly sidelined to many and continuing WTFs.
Doing the same now with our slimeball neocon Harper.
Ol' cynical me awaits what Ruddite magic shall be dispensed, Kyoto would be a great start. I think we can all relax in that he will come nowhere near that repulsive Howard.
How great for you that you return to some decency.
XO
WWW

That's so pants said...

Hi WWW

It's a long time since I last believed a new administration could or would affect change. What I'm celebrating is that it now won't get any worse and there will be a mood of optimism in the country for a couple of years. I am grateful for small mercies these days.

xxx

Pants

R.H. said...

Oh joy: little goody two-shoes. Millionaire Socialist, Boy Rudd.
Snookums. Liberace. Teachers pet, front row.
And his Deputy, Miz Gillard, Smile Smile Smile. Grinning, a cadaver, mummified remains.

Welcome. To Blandsville. Heaven academe, bum degree. Wine and cheese, vego and chatter; faux Paree, rules again.

That's so pants said...

Hi RH

I dunno, sounds all right to me. After all, I'll no longer have the real Paris after all.

xxx

Pants

Janejill said...

Hi Pants-
Hope your good feelings last longer than mine did after Blair's fist success. I have heard australians serve the best coffee in the world - my step-daughter worked out there for a year worth going just for that. - my favourite (only) drink

That's so pants said...

Hi Jane Jill

I'm hoping to benefit from two years of quiet euphoria and several litres of superior cappuccino.

xxx

Pants