At a press conference at CSL on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this, in part:
“I’m deeply troubled by the way that social media is corroding respect and dignity in how we all deal with each other. I think this has a lot to do with the sort of attitudes and the way we engage with each other, and particularly that can feed the sort of disrespect towards women that can result in the most awful, violent acts. And, you know, people would just say hateful things and write it down on a post. People are now saying these things to each other. Australia, we’ve got to fix this and governments alone can’t fix this. We’ve got to work harder on how we respect each other, because out of that well of respect will come respect for so much more.”1
It is difficult to know where to start with tone-deaf drivel that Morrison seems to utter on a regular basis. This latest effort was ironically uttered just as the bullying and harassment on social media by Liberal MP Andrew Laming of two women in his own electorate came to the public’s notice. There was no social media around when Porter’s accuser was raped. It was not because of social media that Ms Higgins was raped. It was not because of social media that Grace Tame was abused. It was not social media that had Tony Abbott talking in front of appalling placards abusing Julia Gillard. It was not social media who forced the Prime Minister to turn his back on an opposition female politician and fiddle with his phone. I suspect this is symptomatic of the attitude to women against which the latter marched for justice all around the country. I also suspect that they marched to counter the tone deafness of people like Morrison; because of his inability to think beyond his wife and daughters; because of his inability to demonstrate the slightest hint of empathy which isn’t just a façade, an act, or a pretence.
And when he talks about respect in general, I am inclined to type this with my fists, because it is the Coalition government that has used the dog whistle at almost every available opportunity, aided and abetted by the liars in the Murdoch media. The fact that Morrison could talk about respect for people when it was he who, in a shadow cabinet meeting, suggested that they use fear of muslims for political advantage, simply demonstrates his base motives2-4. Morrison is so lacking in ability, so lacking in humanity, that I find it almost impossible to watch him on the news. He sickens me. He reminds me of the quote often attributed to Groucho Marx: “The key to success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made”5. However, it now appears many are working him out, even some of the most gullible in the media, that it is all fakery and disingenuousness.