The law is an ass and Jeff's not far behind
THERE is a famous quote about how you should never assume that the men in charge have reached that position because they are smart. But I can not remember who said it.
One thing that is for certain: a very sheepish-looking Jeff "I've got no idea" Seeney this week proved that whoever came up with that quote was on to something.
Isn't it funny how the "law" supports an obscene pay rise for a bunch of so-called fiscally responsible politicians - people who are meant to be serving us - yet can find no way to squeeze out any more than 2% to the likes of a council bus driver?
Yeah, that's right, the law. That useless ass of a thing that is meant to be standing up as much for the bus driver as it does for the businessman, but strangely seems to favour whoever can afford the best advice.
It would be unfair of me to be critical of Mr Seeney or anyone else involved in a move to increase MP wages by 42%, because poor old Mr Seeney was just "following the law and legal advice" (Campbell Newman's words).
In other words, you may as well forget about what is fair and reasonable because the law says that Campbell Newman is worth another $117,000 a year, and the law is final!
I wonder what all those public servants who lost their jobs in the past two years thought when they heard the premier of Queensland could be earning something in the vicinity of what Barack Obama earns for running a country with 69 times the population of Queensland?
To those emergency services workers who were forced to haggle for a meagre pay rise this year, all in the name of tightening the belt on state spending, I wonder what they thought?
Very convenient for Mr Seeney to play the ignorant, "I was just doing as I was told" card, when it resulted in him scoring a $90,000 pay rise, don't you think?
I will be very interested to see the result of Mr Newman's independent remuneration tribunal, which will be responsible for deciding politicians' pay and allowances.
My guess is that it won't be recommending a 2% annual pay rise.
No.11 who bats with courage and skill
WHEN you're feeling down and out and disillusioned, cricket has a funny way of bringing you back to the wicket with a wide smile.
With Australia suffering a middle-order batting collapse not unlike we've seen pretty regularly in the past few years, I was about ready to switch across to channel 73 and settle in for a Family Guy/American Dad repeat marathon and laugh away the pain.
Then, all of a sudden, like a gangly teenage rabbit out of a baggy green hat, comes a fresh-faced 19-year-old who bats at number 11 but hits the ball like a first drop.
You could hear the admiration in the commentary of Botham and Holding, if the standing ovation from the Trent Bridge crowd wasn't enough.
There's a difference between a tail-ender who flukes a high score and a proper batsman who almost reaches a ton because of good technique and guts under fire.
Ashton Agar definitely displayed the latter.