Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Step back from your monitor: Dominic Perrottet

To me, politics is a pile of tricks.

Tracy Morgan

During two decades in NSW Legislative  Bear Pit, I often longed for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood

You can always count on Politicians to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.

No one party can fool all of the people all of the time; that's why we have two parties

 - Bob Hope

Dominic Perrottet becomes 46th NSW Premier after winning Liberal leadership vote

I’d like to congratulate my great friend Dom Perrottet on being chosen as our new leader and becoming the NSW Premier.

One has to admire the chutzpah of Dominic Perrottet in becoming premier (“Pushing for the top job”, October 5). If his department’s oversight of icare underpaying thousands of sick and injured workers by up to $80 million, artificially inflating the state budget through the controversial $40 billion rail corporation, the endorsement of Trump and denigrating the reality of climate change were not enough to disqualify him, then surely his behaviour before the 2019 election should have. He threw the government into disarray while he demanded a move from the Hawkesbury electorate so he could spend more time with his five children at their Beecroft home. After Perrottet unsuccessfully attempted to tip out Ray Williams from Castle Hill, Damian Tudehope gave up his Epping electorate and moved to the Upper House to accommodate Perrottet’s aspirations. Now with an additional child in the clan, Perrottet is elected Premier. No wonder we have a trust deficit in our politicians. - Rhonda Seymour, Castle Hill

We are all aware of bible-waving politicians who use religion as a tool, and lack morals and ethics. Perrottet may be one of the good ones, but he will need to demonstrate it. He praised Trump’s election, mishandled icare and lacks credibility on climate change. As a mainstream Catholic I would have reservations if he is closely aligned to Opus Dei, because of their particular style of Catholicism. - Graham Lum, North Rocks

View this image from a distance (or perhaps at an angle). 

 Step back from your monitor

How come we choose from just two people to run for PM or Premier and fifty for Miss Australia?

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.


  1. There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
  2. The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other.
  3. The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back.
  4. Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
  5. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
  1. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy - Ernest Benn
  2. In politics, absurdity is not a handicap - Napoleon Bonaparte
  3. Practical politics consists in ignoring facts - Henry Adams 
  4. Nowhere are prejudices more mistaken for truth, passion for reason and invective for documentation than in politics - John Mason Brown
  5. Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other - Oscar Ameringer, 
  6. Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country - and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians - Charles Krauthammer
  7. A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life - Robert Byrne
  8. We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics - Hubert H. Humphrey
  9. We have the best government that money can buy - Mark Twain
  10. A lot has been said about politics; some of it complimentary, but most of it accurate - Eric Idle

  1. A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen - Winston Churchill
  2. An honest man in politics shines more there than he would elsewhere - Mark Twain
  3. Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word - Charles De Gaulle
  4. When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators - PJ O'Rourke 
  5. Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president but they don't want them to become politicians in the process - John Fitzgerald Kennedy 
  6. Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber - Plato
  7. Statesmen tell you what is true even though it may be unpopular. Politicians will tell you what is popular, even though it may be untrue - Anonymous
  8. A politician thinks of the next election - a statesman of the next generation - James Freeman Clarke
  9. Now I know what a statesman is; he's a dead politician. We need more statesmen - Bob Edwards
  10. Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress .... But I repeat myself - Mark Twain