A drunk, a fool, and a liar – Des Houghton
The vitriolic attacks upon the democratically elected Queensland Government have over the past few days moved from the sublime, to the ridiculous, and now to the downright deceitful.
The readers of Queensland’s leading newspaper and now being subjected to a propaganda assault of Goebbels proportions, and as a result the democracy that we have enjoyed for more than a century in our beloved land is at threat.
What is being printed in our major daily newspaper and asserted as fact is not honest opinion. The ‘facts’ being told to gullible readers are just downright lies that a 3-year-old could see through, if only they had some awareness of the basic truths. To illustrate the point let’s pick apart Drunken Des Houghton’s opinion piece published as gospel truth in Saturday’s Courier-Mail.
Look at some of the errant, downright deceitful nonsense published by the liar Des Houghton. Yes Des – you’re a liar – sue me if I’m being untrue, I dare you.
Dave Hanna was the boss of the Old Guard
No Des, you’re sadly mistaken. Hanna was the nominal figurehead – the convener – for a brief period, but never ran the show. He didn’t have the numbers to; that’s why he was never able to achieve his dream of being pre-selected for a Logan seat (some people have the weirdest dreams).
The real boss’s of the Old Guard – or what’s left of it – are the same people feeding Houghton his fairy tales. Hello boys!
Hanna may be a number of things, but a crook ain’t one of them
Hanna was accused of engaging in criminal activity in a workplace
Yes he was. By a partisan Royal Commission run by a Liberal elite, who referred his accusations to the police for investigation. But simply because your enemy accuses you of something, it doesn’t mean that it is true.
Some people – me for example – accuse Des of being a mad drunk who has pissed his once promising career down the river and has ever since sold his soul for a cigarette – well a good bottle of plonk – to the black market man.
In this case it’s true, but in regard to accusations against Hanna, here we are five months after Heydon dropped his unsubstantiated bile upon Hanna, blacking the man’s name in the process, yet not a single charge has been laid. Not one. Nil, zip, nada.
And never will be. Why? Because the accusations are simply untrue.
I’ve had a bit to do with Hanna over the years; and while I consider himself a self-serving, delusional clown with a never to be achieved political ambition, I can assure you that the bloke is not a crook. He doesn’t have the guts to become one.
How’s that for a backhanded compliment of a defence?
David Hanna is a member of the Queensland Central Executive of the Council of Unions, which dictates Labor policy.
No he isn’t, and no it doesn’t. There is no ‘Queensland Central Executive of the Council of Unions’. There is the Qld Council of Unions Executive, and the Qld Council of Unions Management Committee. Hanna is a member of the former – alongside 27 others – but not a member of the latter.
Neither body dictates Queensland Labor policy. The State Conference of the Australian Labor Party (Queensland Branch) does, alone and exclusively.
CFMEU members supporting the kids hospital appeal
The CFMEU has been described in Parliament as a criminal organisation renowned for its “extortion, thuggery and lawlessness”.
Yes it has. By gay deceivers and masters of deception like Campbell Newman and Jarrod Bleijie, under the protection of parliamentary privilege. They didn’t ever say it outside of parliament where they could be sued. Because it wasn’t true.
Great journalism isn’t it? Pass the bottle Des!
The Senate was told the CFMEU had links to criminals and bikie gangs
See above. Why don’t these bold sayers of the truth ever just come out and say it without the shield of privilege? And why intrepid journalists like Des hide behind the same shield? C’mon Des, twirl that wanger and accuse someone off your own baseless bat of being a criminal. Then run down to the lawyer’s office, and try not to stop at too many wine bars on the way.
A single day’s strike can cost a firm between $10,000 and $30,000, depending on the number of union members on site. So the losses for the three-month period may run as high as $120 million, or $10 million a week.
Umm – call for the calculator. $30 000 a day x 31 days = $910 000 per month.
3 x $910 000 = $2.73 million. Not $120 million.
Let’s do the sums a different way, for Houghton’s benefit. The grog slows down the brain, so his cerebral cortex must be very, very slow.
Ok Des, there are 7 days in a week, right? $30 000 x 7 days = $210 000 a week. Not $10 million.
This is the ultimate deception, because what Houghton has actually done is extrapolate the assumed total cost ‘lost’ per day for businesses, and then turning it into a per employee figure.
Which it is not, and never was. Put simply and crudely , this is total and utter bulls**t.
Here Des – catch!
And how much did industrial action cost the workers?
The incorrect figures Des is quoting are for ‘lost productivity’, making them most amorphous numbers indeed. Whereas directly quantifiable dollars are what the workers lost, because they don’t get paid when they are forced out on strike.
How much did the workers lose Des? Do you care?
Most of the stoppages were unlawful
Des is making this up as he goes. The ABS does not release statistics regarding whether the strikes were legal or illegal. Houghton is lying.
Des believes that the Premier is an honourable woman
And he also votes Green. Yeah right. Des just doesn’t want the Princess to sue him for defamation.
Decent Labor folk like Martin Ferguson say the CFMEU is bad for investment
Of course they do. They are the paid lap dogs for the investors.
But Martin Ferguson decent? Only a Branch Stacking sectarian or his drunken failed journo mouthpiece could possibly claim such a thing, although to be fair, only the drunk actually believes it. But he also believes in fairies, so draw your own conclusions.
The decent man and his nuclear paymaster – the uranium mining industry.
Bill Shorten has deep links with the CFMEU
You would have to be kidding. The CFMEU hate Shorten and his union the AWU. The 2 unions have been at war for loggerheads for decades over coverage rights on mining and construction work sites, and either union would crush the other at the drop of a hat, given half the chance.
Get Up! is a sinister group
Now Des is starting to move into whack job territory.
Get Up are an outfit that run online petitions. They do things like trying to save the Great Barrier Reef, and lobby for bravery awards to be posthumously awarded to teenaged heroes. If Des thinks that’s sinister then I suggest he head to the nearest mental health facility, and check himself in post haste.
“The reputations of those who speak out about union wrongdoing become the subject of baseless slurs and vilification”.
Finally, something that is true. I’ve copped it first hand, and in spades. The only true thing the slanderers call me is mad, but they’re generally too stupid to work out what that may mean for them (not the Branch Stacker though, he’s far from stupid – there you go, two backhanded compliments in just one night!)
But you don’t sign up to play for the Broncos and expect never to get hurt do you? The risk goes with the territory. So when you play in the cesspool you would be an imbecile not to realise that you may get covered in mud, and even drowned. It’s politics, not tiddlywinks.
The trick is in the comeback. And like a good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc its best served cold. Just the way old Des likes it.