|CAMPBELL NEWMAN DISCUSSING THE POSSIBILITY|
OF TOURING THE STATE WEARING A SNAKE HEAD
TO AVOID ALL DEALINGS WITH ANGRY PUBLIC
A regular hillbilly caller from Brinsmead, bitching about Gavin King's abject failure on the crime issue, casually mentioned to John "Cueball" MacKenzie that the Premier would be in Cairns on Tuesday.
MacKenzie, obviously shocked, said "they haven't notified me" - in his arrogant way that tells his rapidly declining (and dying) listeners that "this Premier knows who's arse gets kissed when he comes to Cairns". Even MacKenzie's mate Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King came in for a flogging by Cueball, with callers now being allowed and even encouraged to attack the poor performance of the Member for
So then when the Premier blew into Cairns on Tuesday for a day of media events, interviews, and public events, John MacKenzie and his little radio show were left sucking hind teat with the radio work being given to Zinc105. No public callers invited. And given the high levels of public anger with Joh Bjelke Newman's announcements, he ducked the public in Townsville as well. Media and message management can no longer be guaranteed on the MacKenzie show, so he was off the list - and so is the public's ability to question this Premier.
Then on Wednesday, all hell broke loose. With David Kempton making a radio appearance, callers to him included a guy who said the proposed Emerald wind farm should be replaced with a coal-fired power plant, and another who was concerned the police were turning into a paramilitary force. Kempton handled the wackjobs with quiet aplomb, but he was quickly shown the door when he insisted on defending the alcohol management plans in the Cape. MacKenzie was clearly miffed - another LNP member who isn't doing what he's been told.
Then Gavin King spent the better part of an hour getting the shit beat out of him. A stunned mullet never had it so good. MacKenzie had earlier announced that King had a "new secret crime control plan" that they had spoken about during a "long phone call" the night before. This after Friday's cat fight, which King ascribed to "being on holiday".
Martin Tenni, angry that King and LNP mates haven't figured out a way to get the judges to do his bidding, suggested that it was time that the "Separation of Powers" doctrine had a good look so we could "fix up" the judges to "do what we want". Scary shit. Tenni has been increasingly unhappy with the LNP performance in Cairns because he thinks he has all the answers. He's a powder keg getting ready to blow.
DJ Hunt, who has been the subject of a sleazy Gavin King "innuendo campaign" for some months, then gave King a serve he won't soon forget. Hunt outlined the facts surrounding his medical retirement from the QPS, and then challenged King to agree with these facts or put his charges on the table. Like a stuttering schoolboy, King was cornered. He confessed to running this sleazy campaign, and seeing no out he reluctantly apologised and agreed to remove these statements from his Facebook page. But we have little doubt this doesn't end the subject.
With the Suncorp Survey of the "most family friendly cities to live" putting Cairns near the bottom (with a shitty inadequate theatre, bad and overpriced transit, poor schools, high living costs, and little sport infrastructure investment), the best Sleepy Manning and King could come up with as a response was "we're going to call Suncorp to complain".
Real men of action, these two. We await Suncorp's response to it. Don't hold your breath.
King closed his defence of the poor policing of Cairns with the statement "We don't live in utopia, unfortunately".
We predict this will be Gavin King's 2015 campaign slogan.