Some Comments on the Matter

Well now. It seems that what was a joke between a few friends has now become a national media story. Even the PM was asked! Would be rather amusing, if it wasn’t all so juvenile – after all, the many detailed, well thought out, subtle posts I wrote on conservative values, messaging, and so forth never were an interest. It is, obviously, rather disappointing that, without having the courtesy of contacting me, or verifying facts, some journalists decided to get a “scoop” on a slow news day, and ran some negative stories about this. Perhaps most disappointing about this was the implication in the media that females involved in politics were somehow less serious than males. Rather sad indictment of our media though.

I suppose I should make a few comments though. Firstly, I (again) need to clarify that the post was a light-hearted, tongue-in cheek joke between me and a few (consenting) friends – the fact that PJ O’Rourke was quoted as the inspiration should have clued people in on this. How anyone could read the initial post and interpret it in any way other than a satirical piece is beyond me. Heck, to claim that I, who not only hold no Liberal positions, but live 10,000 miles away, am involved in some recruitment plan, is really rather laughable. In any event, what is done is done. So what now?

Firstly, to my friends on the site who had to endure the media harassment, I truly and unreservedly apologise. As those involved would know, subjecting my friends to such behavior by the press was never my intention. I am sorry.  Similarly, if there are those who feel my actions damaged the Liberal Party, I also say sorry. Again, it was never my intention to damage the party I love.

At the end of the day though, why was this such a story? I’m no longer in the Liberal Party, and the people involved are hardly power players. This, I feel, is one of the prime problems with Australian political discourse. There is a tendency to ignore the fact that people affiliated with a political party are individuals. Rather, everything is viewed as one monolithic block. What one or two members do is taken to reflect on the whole party. Any one individual – no matter how minor – doesn’t toe the line, they are made a scapegoat. And their views are attributed to everyone as a whole. Such an approach is not only logically unsound, it stifles democratic debate. On both sides of the Australian political sphere, people are too afraid to comment, for fear of their thoughts been applied to the party, from which criticism would ensue. Such a mindset can hardly be good for democracy.

Similarly, the Australian media’s obsession with persecuting anyone outside what they consider the ‘norm’ of politics is also harmful for our system of government. With a media culture obsessed with attacking anyone who shows personality traits that indicate individuality, how can we be suprised that we have such low public confidence in our government? The media forces politicians to conform to a standard no normal human could ever aspire to. And why? Why should our representatives – people who are just like us – be treated differently? I would suggest that politicians should never be treated as having to be put on a pedestal. They are ordinary people – with their foibles, their weaknesses, their idiosyncrasies. For us to expect and demand public perfection from them, particularly in this new media age, will only result in the bland and talentless getting elected. Indeed, with new technology, having the traditional media as gatekeepers on such matters really is becoming unworkable. It isn’t hard for anyone with a camera phone to snap politicians at times they’re “tired and emotional”, or to expose some of the comments they make when out with friends. Such things may be currently ignored by the press, for fear of missing out on the next story, but with the advent of citizen journalism, such protection of politicians (except when the media deems otherwise) I suspect is a thing of the past. The reality that politicians are humans is coming! Scary, I know…

In the last 12 hours I have received over 200 emails and message on this matter. All bar two were in support.For this I thank you – but there is no real need to email me with your support – I am confident enough in my self and my actions to survive peoples attacks on me. Rather, it would be far more productive for you to put your energies into changing our political culture. To ensuring Australia once again embraces the principles of individualism that made her the greatest country in the world. As much as support is nice for my ego, ultimately it achieves nothing. Do something positive instead!

One of the disadvantages of taking down the initial post, though, was that the introduction was no longer visible. As such, it was difficult for me to demonstrate just how non-serious this was. I will repost it now. So read it, have a laugh, and realise that this was all done in jest. We may be involved in the battle of ideas, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a laugh about it!

It is only natural for those of us on the conservative/libertarian side of the political fence to feel a bit glum at the moment. Big government everywhere seems on the rise. Here in Australia the fiscal vandalism of the Rudd Government is unparalleled in our history. Things seem bleak indeed.

However – there is reason for hope! For optimism! Definite proof that here in Australia we shall triumph!

How do I know this? Easy – the Babe Theory Of Politics.  To put it simply – we have all the hot girls.

The Babe Theory of Politics was first articulated by PJ O’Rourke in Parliament of Whores:

“Best of all, there were hardly any beautiful women at the [Housing Now!] rally. I saw a journalist friend of mine in the Mall, and he and I purused this line of inquiry as assiduously as our happy private lives allow. Practically every female at the march was a bowser. “We’re not being sexist here,” my friend insisted. “It’s not that looks matter per se. It’s just that beautiful women are always on the cutting edge of social trends. Remember how many beautiful women were in the anti-war movement twenty years ago? In the yoga classes fifteen years ago? At the discos ten years ago? On Wall Street five years ago? Where the beautiful women are is where the country is headed,” said my friend. “And this,” he looked around him, “isn’t it.

Essentially, what this theory states is that“Where and when there are hot babes, an exponential number of men will show up. If 100 cute girls with voluptuous bodies are protesting for freedom, you can count on a thousand men being there as well. If sexy babes are involved in a peaceful political movement, it has a far greater chance of succeeding. If there are no good-looking women involved, the odds of a successful (and peaceful) movement fall dramatically.”

Well – judge for yourself – I present to you, the conservative and libertarian girls of Australia!

PJ O’Rourke visited Australia a few weeks ago. In his trip, as always, he was a brilliant satirest, and hilariously funny. I salute him, and salute all who try to break the stagnant political mold of Australian politics. Just as I wrote this post in jest, I know you shall take it as such. And remember – Rudd’s popularity soared after he visited Scores! 🙂

With hindsight, do I regret putting up the post? Yes and no. Yes, because of the hurt it caused a few of my friends, and yes because of how it was manipulated to attack the Liberals. Similarly, I regret not posting simultaneously the complimentary post on Liberal men. However, no, because I don’t think showing empowered females confident of their sexuality, particularly in the lighthearted context it was done, is a bad thing. I don’t think me and my friends having a joke is a negative. I don’t think that, had certain people decided to rush in and condemn it without bothering to enquire, it would have made a story.

We live in the 21st century, not the 19th. Would be nice if our media and political elites realised this.

PS: A number of the females involved have expressed an interest to make a comment on this matter, and their offense at being patronised. Still considering how wise this is.

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16 Responses to “Some Comments on the Matter”

  1. Catriona Rafael Says:

    Hear hear, Tim.

  2. M.H.R. Says:

    Check out http://www.hajnalban.com/node/11 … hear hear!

    Pru is NOT representative of Liberal women, and she is rather out of touch with what most intelligent, beautiful young women want.

    Oh, and Tim dear, thank you for including me in your photos!

  3. Marky Says:

    No doubt they’ll ignore the rest of your blog, Tim.

    Who’s on your shortlist for the complimentary post? lol.
    I’m sure the media will conveniently ignore it.

  4. Darryl Mason Says:

    If you want to blame the media, start with Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt. I still think Maggie Thatcher has some recruiting power for young male conservatives. How could she not?

  5. Robert Candelori Says:

    Tim, I think you’re being a little naive to think that you can be seen as, essentially, divorced from the Liberal Party proper. Given your high-ranking positions in the past, the media are always going to use that against you in case like this.

    That said, I don’t have a huge problem with what you’ve posted, though I do wish you had made it a “by invitation only” post. The result in pursuing your satire is that several innocent girls have had their names slandered in the sensational media. These trashy news articles are the future shit-sheet material for the Labor party.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    For those that bothered to peruse your site and learn a little about you, it would have come as no surprise that you did not need any support. In your case, the individual is self-evident. I too was somewhat derided in times past, though for different reasons, yet at no time did I yield to a bunch of pretenders, hypocritical baseless types and common second handers.

    If we are going to follow our creed we shall stand tall and defend the right of the entity that is, in this case, Tim Andrews the one who would possibly advocate that the “individual” is greater than any collective and that he/she should have ultimate control over their lives. The one who enjoys articulating that which interests him to, amongst other things, impart knowledge and understanding, or simply to entertain, or otherwise put a unique spin on the chosen matter.

    “””“Tim turned away from the spectacle and took several steps forward before turning back and, in an act that indicated a sense of knowing, he once again faced the ostentatious images, writings and frivolities that so transformed him seconds earlier and pronounced to the world at large that he was, is and will. It was not a deed of explicit self-righteousness for he did not consider himself right nor wrong, he was only one Tim Andrews, individual and singular. There was too, no need to judge the others, only a yearning to communicate that which he understood, there was no compulsion to compete, nor criticize.

    He did not question; things were as they were, nothing complex sinister or odd. In that instant, he regarded that which transpired and unfolded as a single living organism. The persons within, the second handers, resembled single cells within an illusory whole, self-contained, and self-maintained yet paradoxically, highly reliant on both the totality and the parts that formed it – too reliant he thought. There was no self-interest on his part but somehow, he felt bemused whilst contemplating that he was, in some way, very self-contained and totally, self maintained. This was comforting and normal, so completely normal albeit different to many.

    Like a movie reel, Tim’s fervent mind rerun diplomatic exchanges that took place over his blog posts against a popular and deep-rooted view that advocated the weak virtues of consensus majoritarian mechanisms. His contrasting notions conveyed somewhat indirectly yet naturally and without apology, expressed that it is individualism and independence of thought that was paramount, not that this was explicitly stated. It soon became apparent to all that this one, this Mr. Andrews was a different apple, of a different order, misguided some thought but brilliant nevertheless. The individual, his self-reliance, his liberty, his independence, his autonomy of thought and imagination would ultimately win out. Tim’s conviction, wholly embraced every contrasting stance to collectivism, communalism, holism and communitarianism … “”””

    A re-creation of a reality according to, and undifferentiated from the protagonist, Tim Andrews; his abstract or immaterial ideals and consequent arbitrations. Tim Andrews being individual, inegalitarian, anti-homologous, the sole adjudicator of his life … the individual.

    Stand tall Tim, as I expect you will …

    … if you wish to be acquainted with matters of identity email realgrid at hotmail dot com stating thoughts on the comment.

  7. Charli Says:

    You rule Tim. Keep up the good work.

  8. Guest Says:

    So when our pretty polies are distracted from giving themselves pay increases or justifying why they do not need to keep records for their electoral allowances (try that with an ATO claim), they are dealing with the important matters of state ie why the hotties should not be there.

    Now I dont mean to dare question the important matters of government our pretty polies deal with, after all I am only a mere voter who decides whether they get into office and pays their keep via my taxes. But get real, concentrate on what is important rather than trying to be seen by the press to do the politically correct thing.

    The hotties are confident enough in their abilities to decide for themselves what they will and will not do. They do not need some silly sod from Canberra doing it for them.

    Signed

    a vOTER

  9. Michael Wheeler Says:

    To be quite honest with you, all I done was look at the pretty girls (which were quite pretty). The article content, I have no clue about.

    I have moved away from main stream media due to their blatant, lack of research and effort. It’s at the point where our local paper mis spells head lines on the front page in the largest font that can fit on the page.

    Mainstream media is getting lazy, and people shouldn’t been watching or reading it.

    Also Tim, I noticed that a few (or all) of your photos have ended up on various sites. I would think that you hold copyright to these photos and are entitled to a fair amount of money.

    Love,
    Michael

  10. Nath Says:

    I think it is a shame the way some people view these photos. In my view it shows that Young Liberals are out having fun living a live and most importantly being real people.

    Anyone that actually thinks the content of the photos is inappropriate needs to get a life. No sense running a country when your only view of it is from within a business suit.

    The context is not perfect and I (like most should) see this from its humours light.

    For those that believe the images are degrading to woman, pop down to the local newspaper shop and have a browse there first. Some woman likely find it difficult in politics because they are seen publically to be indifferent to woman in other professions… As we all know being “One of the people” is a critical perception for ones political career and I think each of these woman have shown just this.

  11. Highly annoyed Says:

    The comments and attention this has received are ridiculous. They’re not naked, it’s not some scandalous sex claims, it’s simply a few photos of young women. Heaven forbid that Tim actually used the word ‘hot’. Since when did society become so prudish? If the reactions to this from both the Labor AND Liberal parties are anything to go by, no wonder people distrust politicians – they clearly have no idea of how society would actually feel about this.

    a) I find it doubtful that anyone would join the Liberal party because of this. I do note, however, that the reaction against this makes me very wary of supporting the Liberal party.

    b) I find it doubtful that women would actually be so offended by this post that they’d avoid the Liberal party, if they weren’t already planning on avoiding it.

    In case everyone has forgotten, we’re all here because of sex anyway (unless you’re a test-tube baby…). Your parents had sex with each other and made you. It is OK to talk about these things. It is OK to state that a member of the opposite sex is ‘hot’ ESPECIALLY if that person has already given you permission to do so.

    Any Liberal people reading this – get a clue on how the bulk of society feels about this. Not the few of you up in Canberra, but how most people feel. They honestly wouldn’t care. And neither should you.

  12. Rating the conservative and libertarian girls of Australia | OzSoapbox Says:

    […] look forward to Tim’s part 2 entry. For the original text of the post head on over to Tim’s blog, some of the comments from uptight people are amusing […]

  13. Bill Says:

    About the girls:

    See, the very fact that they’re Liberals automatically makes them not hot. By nature, Liberals are selfish, “me-first” type people, who don’t care about the world around them or the welfare of other people. This totally translates to the bedroom. Plus, a lot of them are racist, homophobic or just plain retarded.

    Therefore, “hot Liberal girls” is a contradiction.
    Which is the real crime of your article.

  14. Jake the Muss Says:

    Pfft too easy Bill. Unsuccessful troll is unsuccessful.

  15. oz he Says:

    Fortunately for all of us the photos are still online:

    http://ozsoapbox.com/rest-of-australia/rating-the-conservative-and-libertarian-girls-of-australia/

  16. My Blog: One Year On « The musings of an Australian classical liberal in Washington DC Says:

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