In the news … November 2020

Biden looks like just another conservative

25 November 2020: US president–elect Joe Biden’s cabinet choices so far make him appear to be another conservative in the mould of Obama and Hillary Clinton.  US political rhetoric aside, the Republicans represent the extreme right, Democrats are mostly moderate conservatives, and only ‘outsiders’ like Bernie Sanders or ‘the Squad’ stand for progressive or even left wing policies.

Biden’s choices so far, subject to Senate approval, are all people that could be described as Democrat apparatchiks, having served during the Obama administrations in various positions.  There is no fresh blood.  Yet.  No positions for Sanders or the Squad.

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Morrison exposed as champion of toxic Coalition culture

The prime minister’s mishandling of the Four Corners exposé on the Coalition Government’s toxic workplace culture and ministerial sexual misconduct exposes the vulnerable fragility of his own Trumpian public persona: reflexively bigoted, bullying, and tone deaf.

The first indications of this came as attempts by his government to prevent the programme from ever being aired, and intemperate comments from Scott Morrison before he saw the Four Corners report.  He argued that he expected the ABC to expose sexual misconduct among Labor MPs as well as the Coalition, but without offering any evidence of it.

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