Late on Sunday night, on ubercool Triple J radio, Tory-spoof radio hosts Stirling Addison and Thom Thomlinson interviewed Angry Anderson, aspiring Nationals candidate. The show is known as ‘Restoring the Balance’
Anderson let his youth audience know that he was not interested in challenging Labor for the seat of Page, which includes includes God’s own country of Lismore, Ballina, Yamba and Grafton. He told the yoof:
The thing about is, Page was never in contention, and besides, I understand they have a wonderfully functional Labor candidate there doing a great job, so I don’t see the sense, if someone is doing well by their constituency, if they do love their member, I don’t see the sense in fixing something that’s not broken, so having said that, that makes me very politically naïve., too, I have very recently found out.
ANGRY ENDORSES LABOR MP
So Angry thinks the local Labor MP is doing a great job. If you were Janelle Safin, you would be using this ringing endorsement from one of blue collar Australia’s true grit celebrities who is meant to be on the Coalition’s side.
Furthermore, Nats insiders tell VEXNEWS, if Angry Anderson thinks he can pick out which seat he wants to run for, not a marginal Labor seat, he misunderstands how competitive the preselection process can be within the NSW Nationals’ ranks.
Anderson is inviting speculation about other seats on which he has personal designs.
Neighbouring Page is New England held by gentleman farmer of self-importance, Tony Windsor. New England’s largest population centre is Tamworth, Australia’s country music capital. On the face of it, Angry’s musical background may not be suitable for this electorate. He may surprise all and sundry next year if the Angry one attends the Tamworth festival in the early new year. This is also a seat in which the great white knight of populism, Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce, has expressed keen interest.
It is also possible that Mr Anderson is interested in Oakeshott’s precariously held electorate of Lyne – a seat poorly nurtured after decades of neglect by Mark Vaile, former Deputy PM and Leader of the Nats. It would be an easier seat to win. Shooting fish in a barrel, given Oakeshott’s performance since 2007.
NSW Liberal strategists will also be interested as they will have to judge the wisdom of running candidates against Nationals candidates. Three-cornered contests are expensive endeavours but they are usually considered worth a punt as the winning member usually wins a long term seat.
Anderson is asked by the comrades on ‘Restoring the Balance’ if he is prepared to curb his freedom of expression by anxious Nationals. He replies that he has ‘had therapy’:
Having gone through a process many years ago, for self illumination I might add, that all energy, regardless of where it’s directed, once comes from the well, come from a singular well.
Sound advice or psychobabble? Certainly his blog has a bit more babble than soundness posted on it.
ANGRY’S SHITE SITE OF SPITE
His condemnation of the “New World Order” is one of just a few dark conspiracy theories advanced on Angry’s site. When Barnaby advances these notions, he at least has some charm on his side. Angry’s site refers to the “Asiatic” region, a term dictionaries note is considered ‘sometimes offensive.’ A bit like Angry Anderson himself. His lashing of “international banking cartels” sounds like he’s been keeping up his reading on League of Rights’ leaflets or older material in the original German.
Time will tell if Anderson may be joining a number of conservative front-benchers with a strong interest in mental health issues.
ANGRY AT GILLARD BUT ANGRY AT HIS OWN
Anderson is a both a bell-weather and a celebrity candidate. His opposition to the carbon dioxide tax is entirely consistent with blue collar pride in brawny jobs in mining and manufacturing, a reaction against the persistent bullying, doom-boosting and guilt-tripping by insincere hypocritical frequent-flying red-green urbanistas and the general disappointment about the way Labor is governing in minority government.
As a celebrity candidate, the Nationals will be easily reminded of their list of examples whose overblown sense of entitlement and poor judgement have been ruinous. Think Maxine ‘Labor let me down’ McKew or Gareth Evans’ special friend Cheryl Kernot.