22 July 2005

biggest cojones of the week

Hats off to Louise Barry, who seized her 15 minutes yesterady with both hands, by asking Prime Minsiter John Howard whether the London bomb attacks were linked to the conflict in Iraq. In fact, asking him , while she was in traction, after an operation on both legs and her spine, caused by the bloody bombs. Note that Louise, described as an "environmental crimes investigator from Port Stephens" by the Sydney Morning Herald, gets only paraphrased, while the PM's retort is covered by over 100 words. In that one breath he manages references "our" Douglas Wood's opinion on the war (that we should be there).

Now gentle readers, do bear in mind that while Douggie undoubtably had a shitty scary experience in Iraq, he was actually there in the first place because of the war - ie. there are construction contracts for, er, profit. Poor old Miss Barry, was just minding her own damn business and nearly got her legs blown off. No great suprise their opinion would be different. Unlike her poor co-recoverer, Gillian Hicks, who did actually get both her legs blown off.

"They both had gone through an awful experience,"

"(Ms Hicks) has of course suffered a double amputation and self evidently I was very moved by the tremendous spirit that she displayed and the sense of optimism and hope that she demonstrated about her life into the future.

"I'm always touched when people who've been through such terrible experiences can have such positive outlooks.

"I think it's a lesson for all of us."

Thank you Prime Minister, you evil little worm. I'll leave you all to dwell on what that lesson might actually be, kiddies.

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