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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Deeper Throat

The Deckchair Shuffle


So, the deckchairs have been shifted …( Wriedt wins in Cabinet reshuffle ) and the Big Loser seems to be David Bartlett. My occasional carousing companion Deeper Throat predicted this a couple of weeks ago when we hung on a quick Green Fairy absinthe session.

His half-remembered words went something like …
… “Field’s white haired boy – DB – is on the move and staked his claim.

“Silly boy. The Left will nobble him quick smart.”

And DT wasn’t the only one to scoff at The Rise and Rise of Mr Bartlett.

An even more cynical friend observed – rather cruelly I thought – that a stake through the heart would be the only way to remove the Great Leader. That the Bartlett speculation was fundamentally a Stalin-era-type power-play in which the Great Leader was simply enjoying the spectacle of potential rivals crashing and burning.

Oh, C’mon guys he’s just a big, soft cuddly teddy bear at heart with a brain the size of Einstein. Isn’t he?

For the record, moi stands by my addled contention – and Sue Neales far more sensible one ( The Rise and Rise of Mr Bartlett ) – that he aint far from the big exit: Lennon, Exit Stage Right

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  1. don davey

    February 1, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    The trouble is David, they still have plenty of time to sweeten the pot ! come next election ! in the knowledge that the electorate (in the main) have short memories !

    There are many precedence for that eventuality.

  2. David Obendorf

    January 31, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Phillipa Duncan’s article in the Merc today (Thursday 31 Jan) seems to suggest that Sue Neale’s commentary earlier this month suggesting that David Bartlett was poised to take over from Lennon was the trigger for a backlash from within the factions in the ALP. Paula, Michelle, Steve and Jim get the Ministerial guernseys; maybe so.

    Labor would know Lennon is now an electoral ‘lame duck’, ditto the older members of Cabinet. Time to refresh politics in Tasmania! If Australia can dispense with John Howard Inc. after 11 years, then Tasmanians maybe up for a change in 2010 after 12 years of Tas Labor Inc.

  3. don davey

    January 30, 2008 at 4:08 am

    For some reason Tasmania has nearly always been labor, state and regardless of Lennon,s cosy little assignation with the Gunn,s juggernaut ! and the fact that we have a dowright useless Liberal alternative , i wouldn,t be in the least surprised that they could be returned despite his treacherous, uncaring, attitude towards most of the Tasmanian electorate regarding the mill issue.

  4. john Hayward

    January 30, 2008 at 12:21 am

    The big question here will be one of ownership. Will the new Premier need to be purchased anew, or has he already incurred sufficient debt to allow for a simple transfer to the real government in Launceston?

    It seems clear there will be no white knight from the Rudd Govt riding in on behalf of the Tassie public, or basic integrity.

    John Hayward

  5. Lyn

    January 29, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    By giving up all portfolios, I quess that this means Big Red will have more time for the important things in life, like hot tubs, football and racing. Not to mention running errands for John and checking in on property purchases in New Zealand.

  6. crud

    January 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    SHUFFLING deckchairs on the titanic.

  7. Charles and Claire Gilmour

    January 29, 2008 at 11:33 am

    So apparently Lennon doesn’t want to be ‘sidetracked’ by the pulp mill anymore. Did he enjoy his merry leading Tasmanians astray dance? Maybe it was tiring dancing the con con every day, sure know we got tired of listening to him and it was even more embarrassing to watch. But he wasn’t really suited to acting the part of their media spokes person. Just didn’t have that Laura Bingles quality to ‘sell’ Tasmania from underneath the feet of the public to the likes of the ‘wanting a sure bet’ Gunns.

    But donkeys always continue to use the side track don’t they? It’s in their nature. No amount of shuffling the burden onto other mules will erase the mark of that guns beast of burden.

    Let’s face it, just another year of fumbling and bumbling, premiering the parading circus performances as he shuffles around his inadequacy to grasp the concept, let alone act the part of Premier. Lennon’s allowed too much to flow in the wrong directions for him to try and resurrect any credibility.

    It will be just another year of buck passing and failing to be accountable, as he takes the state on yet another bumpy, yearly ride.

    Will he go down with his leaking ‘gunner’ ship. Do rats abandon a sinking ship?

    He can shuffle that deck all he likes, he ain’t going to find no ace up his sleeve!

    Too little, too late to save this soured lemon of a government.

  8. Dismord

    January 29, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Whilst admiring any attempt at literary creativity I suggest that this item takes news reporting to a new level of incomprehensibility. We know that TV news is being ‘creatively’ produced, must we have to follow suit?
    By the way, does ‘shuffling deck chairs’ imply in some way that the ship of state is about to sink?

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