Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Toad

"I used toad because I knew I couldn't get away with turd." (Alan Ramsey on why he called Howard The Toad)

"Sycophancy means obsequious flattery; servility. Alternative phrases are often used such as aple-polishing; ass kissing; ass licking; bootlicker; brown nosing; crawler; fawning; flunky; groveling; hanger-on; kowtowing; lackey; lickspittle; sucking up; toady; yes man" (en.wikipedia.org)

"Pandemonium, simply because I called Howard an arselicker in today's Bulletin. If anything, I was restrained - Howard has got his tongue up Bush's clacker that often the poor guy must think he's got an extra haemorrhoid." (26/6/02, The Latham Diaries, Mark Latham, 2005, p 195)

"John Howard was among firm friends on Sunday night at Lincoln of Toorak, delivering the keynote address at a tribute dinner for [former World Jewish Congress senior vice-president] Isi and Naomi Leibler. Acknowledged by Isi as 'the statesman who displayed the greatest support for Israel of the time', the former Liberal prime minister gave some insights. 'It is true that in my time as prime minister I stuck up for Israel... because I thought it was right to do so, because I thought the homeland established for the Jewish people is their right'... Earlier, Isi recalled his trip with the then Australian prime minister to Ramallah in 2000, when the Oslo Agreement still had currency. Isi received an unwelcome embrace from Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat, whom he had railed against throughout his years as the PLO's terrorist chieftain. Afterwards, Isi had privately expressed scepticism to Howard about those peace overtures, and was struck by the Australian leader's 'principled approach and friendship'. 'I will never forget John Howard's response', said Isi, quoting the former Australian leader. 'If Arafat reneges on his commitment', he said, 'the people of Israel and the Australian Jewish community should rest assured that I will not let them down'." (Howard's kind words for Leiblers and Israel, The Australian Jewish News, 3/9/10)


Anonymous said...

So why was Howard (or kevin07 or Gillard) such firm friends of israel? What is the power israel holds over them?
and is it right a govt officail or leader should be so servile toward a foreign entity esp one engaged in genocide?
What people should do, if they get he chance, is to publically associate Howard et al with genocide of the palestinians... make the toadies uncomfortable.


Anonymous said...

Julia and Tony fall over one another to be the greatest supporter of Israel....do they support this:

'For instance, the Israeli Education Ministry has recently upheld a request by a religious school in the illegal Israeli settlement of Immanuel to segregate white Jewish students from non-white Jewish students in classrooms. As such, "74 white girls who have been studying in a building next to the school will now be allowed to study in whites-only classrooms that are privately funded, as their parents claim they do not want their girls to study in racially-mixed classrooms."'


Anonymous said...

"So why was Howard (or kevin07 or Gillard) such firm friends of israel? What is the power israel holds over them?"

It's not Israel that has power over them, it's the U.S. The West totally stuffed up at the end of WW2, Britain and America mostly. they have a kind of obligation to support the state that they foolishly and dishonestly founded. There is also a huge Jewish lobby in the States and Israel that are always ready to scream antisemitism. In other words it's mostly gutless political expediency.