Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wikileaks and Bullshit

What a strange joy it is to read The Age, and to encounter candid political statements.  No press releases, guarded Doublespeak.  Just unpolished politics:
a close adviser to Mr Rudd failed in an attempt to persuade him to use the government's powers "to calmly and rationally put the issue in perspective" by acknowledging that only a small number of asylum seekers were arriving by boat compared with tens of thousands of visa over-stayers each year.
According to one cable obtained by WikiLeaks and provided exclusively to The Age, an unnamed "key Liberal Party strategist" told US diplomats in November 2009 that the issue of asylum seekers was "fantastic" for the Coalition and "the more boats that come the better".
Rudd playing along with the xenophobic status quo.  The Liberals using lives for political leverage.  This is Wikileaks in action, and it's a reminder of how much bullshit we're usually offered by the mainstream press.

(Photo: Adam Carr)


Elisabeth said...

True, Damon, true. At last a behind the scenes look at what some of our politicians really think. Perhaps.

Brendan said...

I love Wikileaks. It's finally shown what many of us have believed for a long time: diplomacy is a sham, where people say one thing in public to appease, yet their true thoughts are only known in private (yet recorded for posterity, bless 'em).