Monday, June 09, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Groupie from Down Under
Well he may be making a fool of himself on the world stage. Posing as a champion of democracy and Vladimir Putin's worst nightmare.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russian President Vladimir Putin is an “extreme nationalist” and an “imperialist” who is threatening global peace and security. And he doesn’t mind standing alone in the stridency of his denunciations of the Russian president.
And no doubt making other world leaders cringe, or laugh themselves silly.
But he does have one big groupie, Tony Abbott, the climate change denier from Down Under.
Stephen Harper is “a beacon” for conservative political leaders around the world, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday.
“He has been regarded as something of a beacon to centre-right parties around the world and certainly I have regarded Stephen Harper as an exemplar of a contemporary, centre-right prime minister,” Abbott said after touring the National War Museum.
With whom he shares so much in common, and not just his taste in shirts...
He also shares his reactionary position on climate change:
Abbott underscored Sunday their shared political beliefs, praising Harper for campaigning against a carbon tax in the 2008 election, from which he emerged victorious. “Stephen Harper and I are like-minded on this and on many other issues,” said Abbott, who won election last September on a platform that promised to repeal Australia’s carbon tax.
And his love of killing government:
Australia, like Canada, is in the process of enacting a number of austerity measures aimed at eventually balancing the country’s federal budget. On that score, Abbott said he’s hoping to learn from Harper’s example.
“Certainly there are many things that Stephen Harper has done well but I guess most noteworthy is taking a $55 billion deficit in the immediate aftermath of the (2008 economic) crisis and turning that into a surplus in the coming financial year,” Abbott said.
And even when he's not sure what country he's visiting
But what Abbott probably won't tell Harper is that Australia is now a poster child for climate change.
And what Steve probably won't tell his bosom buddy Tony, is that his failure to impose a carbon tax on Big Oil will probably cost him the Keystone XL pipeline.
Or that his brutish austerity program has helped make him the most hated Prime Minister in recent Canadian history.
But yes, they do deserve each other.
Stephen Harper and Tony Abbott, joined at the hip. In Canadia.
And judging by the latest polls.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists he will not be deterred by disastrous polling results following his government's first budget, saying the public had been "on notice" that the Coalition would have to make tough decisions.
Mr Abbott's personal approval rating dropped by 21 percentage points following the budget, which 53 per cent of respondents believe is bad for the country.
Going down TOGETHER...
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