7 Feb 2011
ABBOTT--"THEY TOLD ME WHEN I BECAME LEADER--THROW MUD AND SOME WILL STICK!
ISN'T THIS A FLOOD! NO I SHOULD LOOK AT THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY,
THIS IS MUD WE CAN USE.
I HIT THE LEVY FIRST SHOT!
You guys told me to keep throwing mud, well I am and it's not sticking like you said it would.
You mean that just shouting waste,waste,waste is not working because I've got to have an alternative plan, bloody hell, you didn't tell me that when you made me leader.
All you said was , say no to everything because the party is playing an obstructionist, you didn't tell me about thinking of the future, that's not fair you know I can only think of one thing at a time and even that is a battle sometimes.
When I was boxing all I had to do was avoid getting hit and I thought that's all I had to do in politics, just keep hitting the other side anywhere you can with anything you can even if it's bullshit.
Now you tell me that I have to be credible, come on everyone knows that credibility is not a prerequisite of a politician all I have to do is appear credible, not be really credible.
I've only just learned to spell some of these big words you know.
Frightening step towards a police state and we we are blindly letting it happen in the name of security.
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