Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the former US President Richard Nixon have something in common in that they both went on national television and showed total contempt for their positions and the public when their own reputations were at an all-time low. The two videos below show this.
The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has shown total and utter contempt for the Australian public in refusing to answer one small question on the ABC Four Corners program on Monday night 13/2/12.
It has been written about in the papers the last few days and shown on TV. But you have the watch the 2 minutes preceding to get the full picture of her ducking and weaving which leads to this exchange with the reporter:
JULIA GILLARD: I heard your question and I’ve answered it.
ANDREW FOWLER: You haven’t answered the question.
JULIA GILLARD: Well, I’ve given you the answer I’m going to give you.
Well she had not answered the question and did not care who knew it.
She obviously feels that as PM she is above the public and voters. It will go down in history as one of the biggest political blunders that Australia has ever seen.
Given that polling figures show she is the most unpopular Prime Minister that Australia has ever had, and with many in her own party wanting her gone, it was not a blunder she could afford.
It reminded me of former US President Richard Nixon and one line he said in the famous David Frost interviews he did in 1977 three years after he had resigned. Richard Nixon is best remembered for the Watergate Scandal and below is what it says on Wikipedia and below that is the video with the key line.
“The Watergate scandal was a political scandal during the 1970s in the United States resulting from the June 1972 discovery of a break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon administration’s attempted cover-up of its involvement. Effects of the scandal eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon, the President of the United States, on August 9, 1974; the only resignation of a U.S. President. The scandal also resulted in the indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of 43 people, including dozens of top Nixon administration officials.” (For the full article click here)
Below is a 2 minute extract from the Four Corners episode titled “The Comeback Kid?” which shows Julia Gillard in full flight (Click here to watch the full show)
The fallout from that one blunder has escalated over the last two days and it is just a matter on time before Julia Gillard resigns whether on her own initiative or not.
Julia Gillard has a history of this arrogance of which the best example is a previous post titled “Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s criminal history and her hypocrisy with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange” which shows like Richard Nixon, she thinks she is above the law and whatever she does is legal because she is the Prime Minister. (Click here to read the post)
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