I give over one segment to the elections in Australia and Norway, both of which delivered good results to immigration-restrictionist candidates. Along the way I have a little harmless pun fun with the lexically-challenged Australian victor, Tony Abbott:
In the meantime, one thing Abbott definitely does need to do is brush up on his vocabulary skills. Here he was on the campaign trail in mid-August.
[Clip of Tony Abbott: “No-one, however smart, however well-educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom”]
That of course made Abbott the butt of many jokes. Australians in general were embarrassed: Abbott’s gaffe caused considerable discomfort Down Under. In China, which is Australia’s main trading partner, newspapers explained the unfamiliar term to their readers by using a phrase from Chairman Mao’s thoughts: “bullet for liberating masses.” Italian newspapers meanwhile used the standard Italian translation of “suppository”: innuendo.
Anyway, the bottom line here is that Tony Abbott survived the gaffe, and romped to victory in Saturday's election, leaving Kevin Rudd’s Labor Party bringing . . . up the rear.
I conclude the segment on an optimistic note:
Good luck too to Tony Abbott and his conservatives in Australia. I’m sure Tony will do the right thing . . . in the end.