Without a doubt the Australian leftist trollective's number one hate figure remains Tony Abbott. Now, as a result of her election to the Senate, Pauline Hanson is clearly the runner up. And not to be outdone, veteran bogeyman John Howard still comes in a close third.
That's undeniably impressive. He lost his gig as the nation's leader about nine years ago now!
JHo's propensity to enrage the howler monkeys was on display last night. They went into meltdown over his ABC show Howard on Menzies. (You should check out his book on the subject, BTW.)
It really was a near perfect storm of political provocation for the poor little poppets. He was on their ABC for starters. And he was extolling the virtues of that other enduring symbol of conservative eeevil "Ming the Merciless". How dare he!
This mass online tanty reminded me of the mid-nineties, when JHo was elected PM for the first time. I was still living in Melbourne then, doing comedy gigs, surrounded by die-hard lefties. One of the most oft-repeated gripes at the time was that Howard wanted to "take us back to the fifties!".
That phrase always struck me as kinda silly, since pretty much all those indignantly repeating it were born in the sixties or later, so could never have truly known what it was like to live in that era. Also, being so overwhelmingly pro-land rights, they were in a way pining for a time long before this -- closer to the 1750s, actually!