16 Aug 2014

Abbott Brands Almost Half The Scottish Population 'Enemies Of Freedom'

By Chris Graham

Freedom loving Tony Abbott has done it again, this time insulting almost half the Scottish population over an upcoming referendum on secession. Chris Graham reports.

Ladies and Gentleman, the world might just have found its new George W. Bush. Albeit without the muscle of the US. Or the nuclear weapons. Or the economy. Or the international recognition. Or anything like the power.

But the swagger and the international derision… well, it’s there in spades.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has decided to weigh into Scottish politics, giving a startling interview to The Times newspaper in which he labeled people who wanted Scotland to secede from the United Kingdom as ‘enemies of freedom and justice’.

And that, according to two years worth of polls, includes almost half the Scottish population.

Voters in Scotland will go to a referendum in mid-September, to determine whether or not Scotland should remain part of the UK. While in London earlier this week, Abbott gave The Times a statement full of the sort of ‘freedom loving’ rhetoric for which George W Bush became infamous.

"What the Scots do is a matter for the Scots and not for a moment do I presume to tell Scottish voters which way they should vote,” Mr Abbott told The Times, before going on to tell the Scots which way they should vote.

"As a friend of Britain, as an observer from afar, it's hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland.

"I think that the people who would like to see the break-up of the United Kingdom are not the friends of justice, the friends of freedom, and the countries that would cheer at the prospect... are not the countries whose company one would like to keep.”

BBC Scotland political correspondent Glenn Campbell described Abbott's comments as “the most outspoken of any international leader on the forthcoming referendum”.

Scotland has long debated breaking away from the United Kingdom. The latest iteration of the debate gathered steam in 2012, but on no occasion has any poll reflected majority support for the move, with figures consistently hovering around the 40 per cent mark. However, the number of people "vehemently opposed to independence" has declined over time.

Of course, if Abbott’s influence on the Scottish population mirrors that of his influence in Australia, his opposition to secession is likely to strengthen the yes vote.

Since coming to office, Abbott has enjoyed the lowest rating of a new Australian government since polls began, with his net approval rating consistently in the negative.

Lurching from domestic disaster to domestic disaster, in the last few months Abbott has instead focused his energies on international matters, sending police to Ukraine to investigate the MH17 tragedy, and gaining international attention for remarks about Russian president Vladimir Putin which were widely deemed the most extreme of any world leader.

Russia responded to international sanctions with sanctions of his own against the West, banning good and services from Australia (primarily meat, butter and live animals) worth almost $1 billion a year to Australian producers.

More recently Abbott has announced Australian troops would join efforts to bring stability in Iraq. It’s a bitter irony, because it was Australian troops who helped bring instability to Iraq a decade ago.

Abbott is back in Australia this evening, and will join the Mudgee to Sydney leg of his annual Pollie Pedal over the next two days.

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the expat
Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 19:07

very embarrasing. He's a complete moron. 

downboy
Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 19:14

Laugh-a-minute-Tony. Here he is, the true bogan Aussie in full swing and the idiot isn't even pissed - or is he?

He's so cock-sure - next he'll pull out a 30cm Bowie knife on some unsuspectiing world leader - and sweet Jesus, we can only hope that's all he pulls out.

Maybe this cock-sure, running off at the mouth persona is what his mistress Peta has determined to be his only way to appeal to the 'I-have-no-brains' voters who swing according to the prejudice de jour.

Youriyuri
Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 19:35

Tony Abbot is soooo stupid its amazing. If George W.Bush and Sarah Palin where to either have a a kid who grew up or were to morph into one like a Dragon Ball Z character you'd have Tony Abbot. Seriously Aussies, the moment the next elections come get him out of office!

from david
Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 19:44

Wow! Makes George W look like an intellect to be feared. What a thorough douche bag.

connaust
Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 21:11

One wonders what Abbott's opinion of the EU is? His political affiliations and outlook would suggest breaking up of the EU...... However, if Scotland voted for independence, it would then become an EU member state in it's own right, which would be anathema to many WASPs (includes nowadays those of Catholic or Jewish background in the Anglo world).  

There are international groups Abbott has liaised for whom the EU is some global left wing conspiracy (Russians or the Orthodox church think the same), e.g. The Heritage Foundation which has been exposed for it's far right and kooky connections, incvluding of course the ever present John Tanton network.

Heritage Foundation member Jason Richwine had to leave after making racist comments about 'immigrants', and the Anti Defamation League has listed incidents from 2013, all those included in the list are linked to John Tanton http://www.tinyurl.com/ocxtavx

Like anti immigration groups that have sprouted around Tanton in USA, UK, Canada and Australia is more about 'white nativism' and the need for 'Europeans' to be the dominant part of society. 

 

 

atkenos
Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 22:10

Dear World. Please do not blame all Australians for the moron who is Tony Abbott. Dear Scotland, when this absolute clown calls you "enemies of freedom and justice" remember that he was born in England and is biased against your liberation from the tyranny that he now spreads across Australia and onto thousands of refugees

Marduk
Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 22:39

"...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself." - Declaration of Arbroath 1320

O. Puhleez
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 00:21

Piss off HERTAZ. Go flog your dodgy services elsewhere, for whatever dodgy commission you get.

adamant
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 05:29

Be afraid !  Very Afraid !  They are coming to get us - the dominos are about to fall again !

adamant
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 05:32

Sexist Tony Abbott hates people who have a sporran and wear dresses.

adamant
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 05:35

Sorry, should have been :

'Sexist Tony Abbott hates people who have itchy sporrans and wear dresses.'

lloydois
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 07:29

On the same day he's also managed to come up with another brilliant 2 word slogan 'tourism terrorism'.

 

You've gtot hand it to tones, he's an inspoiration to freedom loving people globally.

cwis
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 09:14

Taxation, terriorism and tourism .

What a new slogan?

Heres one 

Abbott Hockey Fools.

 

Syd Walker
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 10:10

"Tony Abbott has a reputation for gaffes" said Alex Salmond, and no-one can argue with that.

Australia's pompous, posturing Prime Minister is increasingly the focus of international ridicule.

Vandemonian
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 10:32

"the world might just have found its new George W. Bush" - What an insult for George, Abbott makes Bush look like Einstein!

This user is a New Matilda supporter. Richard Kopf
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 11:13

The good news is that our punch drunk prime minister's reputation has spread world wide and the Scots would read his comments as a call to separate from the UK ASAP. If Tony says it's a good idea..it aint.

malleeBull
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 11:52

So Abbott is a friend of Britain* and is therefore by definition, not a friend of Scotland. Tony, the normal sequence is engage brain, think and then speak! Say it again after me Tony . . .

* Britain refers to England and Wales (not Great Britain which includes Scotland and the UK which includes Northern Ireland).  See http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2011/08/whats-the-difference-between-uk-britain-and-british-isles/ (Technically, if you lose the ‘Great,’ Britain only refers to England and Wales.)

 

Ammo10
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:57

 

 

The hits just keep on coming with our genius PM, we will have very few friends left in this world soon.

1 year... thats all its been 2 to go....

Longshots
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 14:52

"BBC Scotland political correspondent Glenn Campbell described Abbott's comments as “the most outspoken of any international leader on the forthcoming referendum”."   What Glenn meant to say was "the most ignorant comments from an international leader".   Someone should remind Abbott what democracy is ;)

DrGideonPolya
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 15:57

Again, non-scientist, anti-science, effective climate change denialist, pro-war, pro-Zionist, US lackey, neoliberal, pro-One Percenter   Tony Abbott has got it utterly wrong in stating that "it's hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland.”

Thus back in 2007 when he was  President of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS),  the present senior advisor to President Barack Obama on science and technology issues, Professor John Holdren,  identified nuclear weapons, poverty and climate change as 3 key threats to humanity.

The world would be greatly helped by an independent Scotland  in mitigation of these 3 huge threats,  as follows (the Coalition’s  appalling  record in parenthesis):

1. Nuclear Weapons. A comprehensive  Nuclear Weapons Ban is needed to avoid an accidental full-scale nuclear catastrophe and a consequent Nuclear Winter that will wipe out most of Humanity and the Biosphere.  47 nations support a total comprehensive  Nuclear Weapons Ban and if Scotland becomes independent it would be the  48th (see “Nuclear Weapons Ban, end poverty & reverse climate change”, 300.org: https://sites.google.com/site/300orgsite/nuclear-weapons-ban  and Gideon Polya, "Nuclear Weapons Ban & Boycotts, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) To Save World From  Nuclear, Poverty & Climate Threats", Countercurrents, 11 August 2014: http://www.countercurrents.org/polya110814.htm ). Thus Alex Salmond (Scottish First Minister and leader of the Scottish Independence Movement) pledging that  nuclear weapons would not be used as a bargaining chip in the battle over the pound (2014): “Our ­opposition to nuclear weapons is not a campaign tactic or a negotiating position – it is one of the reasons for Scotland being ­independent” (Alex Salmond quoted in David Clegg, “Scottish Independence: Alex Salmond insists nuclear weapons are not up for negotiations in battle over pound”, Daily Record, 31 March 2014: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scottish-independence-alex-salmond-insists-3303402 ) (In contrast, the Coalition has done everything  it can to prevent a Nuclear Weapons Ban; see Philip Dorling, “Australian diplomats frustrated nuclear weapons ban”, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March 2014: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australian-diplomats-frustrated-nuclear-weapons-ban-20140309-34fgg.html ).

2. Poverty. An independent  Scotland would free itself  of paying of warmonger, war criminal, US lackey Britain’s obscenely huge military and aggression budget and could devote the huge savings to alleviate poverty at home and Third Word poverty abroad (17 million people die avoidably each year from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease; see Gideon Polya, “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”, that includes n avoidable mortality-related a history of every country since Neolithic times and is now available for free perusal on the web:  http://globalbodycount.blogspot.com/  ). (In contrast the Coalition has increased military  expenditure, sent soldiers and airmen back to Iraq, encouraged a New Cold War, and has slashed Foreign Aid).

3. Climate change. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Scotland aims for 100% renewable energy by 2020 (2012): “Scotland has set a goal of meeting half its electricity demand from renewable sources by 2015, after reaching 35 percent last year, according to Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister. The target is an interim step in Scotland's effort to get all of its power from clean sources by 2020, after beating its 2011 goal of 31 percent, according to data from the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change… Scotland has as much as a quarter of Europe's tidal and offshore wind resources and about 10 percent of its wave power potential, according to the Scottish government.” (“Scotland aims for 100% renewable energy by 2020”, Sydney Morning Herald, 31 October 2012: http://www.smh.com.au/business/carbon-economy/scotland-aims-for-100-renewable-energy-by-2020-20121031-28jbv.html ),.( In contrast, Australia under successive  effective climate change  denialist, climate criminal, Lib-Lab (Liberal-Laborals, Coalition and Labor Right) Governments is a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and the Coalition Government is doing everything   it can to hamper renewable  energy uptake).

One hopes that a majority of sane, self-respecting, Humanity-respecting,, anti-nuclear, anti-poverty,  anti-climate change Scots will opt for Independence from the war criminal Englsih Establsihment that has invaded about 180 countries in the last 1,000 years.

One also hopes that a majority of sane, self-respecting, Humanity-respecting,, anti-nuclear, anti-poverty,  anti-climate change Australian will reject the anti-science, pro-nuclear terrorism, pro-One Percenter, effective climate change denialist   Coalition who have made Australia a nuclear target  - sane Australians will vote 1 Green and put the Coalition last.

Kaye Makovec
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 17:27

"Always the dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits"     

This user is a New Matilda supporter. RossC
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 17:59

Abbott really is an A-grade tool.

lholmes@bigpond...
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 18:50

As a Scot living in Oz I have very deliberately not offered my opinion on the Scottish Referendum as I think that this is a matter for Scottish people living in Scoland to determine. The question this raises is why is Tony Abbott so arrogant to think he has the right to pass comment and judgement. This guy is an international embarrassment.

 

This user is a New Matilda supporter. boganbludging
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 21:58

Now Scotland's got the infrastructure, such as off-shore oil and all those renewables, what do they need the rest of the UK for now they are set up, helped by the UK, typical.
Harks to Ireland needing a bail out
I was reminded of a certain guest house in Edinburgh, where with my meager breakfast was half a fried egg LOL.
Not be the most generous.
Personally i think the UK should go for independence instead LOL and not be so helpful and nannying, must get fed up with independence crying.

When you get outpost seperatists complaining about the english influences, in their country, can't see their own influences and wouldn't be able to acknowledge what they have, would mainly be to do with being one with the UK, also the same lot coming across the border to shop, live and work, taking advantage of the benefits of proper free trade created in England, has seen a major reduction in monopolies, (the likes of, we have here, Woolies, Coles ) and massive economies of scale.
Personally i think seperatists form all outposts should be dumped in their own independent state and see how they go with no help, or maybe England should go for independence instead LOL.
To call English warring compared to Scottish, someone is joking right.

PS Abbott is a analogous to a clown puppet, typical conservative, pampered = stupid, can't do wrong..
Rupert for the IPA.

adamant
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 22:13

All Tony Abbott knows about Scotland has to do with tossing the hairy cabre.

ronnie1
Posted Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 23:29

Samuel Johnson must have had Tony Abbott in mind when he said, and I quote:

'It is better to remain silent and be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt'.   He certainly excels in Dontopedalogy - which is the science of opening one's mouth and putting one's foot in it.

That this man who was born in London has the gall to label people who want Scotland to secede from the UK  as ''enemies of freedom and justice' does not know what he is talking about.

I do not hear him calling Indonesia 'an enemy of freedom and justice' - this man who turns a blind eye to the human rights atrocities and genocide being committed right here on our doorstep by the Indonesian military against the indigenous  people of West Papua.

An independent Scotland.    I would like to see that

 

 

 

 

 

  

jb_au
Posted Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:29

Okay guys, calm down, I think he meant to say 'Ukraine', "those who seek to break up "Ukraine"... 

Give him a break, easy mistake, you know, with you guys right up there next to Russia and all.

Ericthered
Posted Monday, August 18, 2014 - 16:57

What he should be doing is ringing his idol the deputy sheriff under Bush Junior and asking him how a man could be so dumb as to go into a country like Iraq in the first place,what an absolute mess it is,stand by the refugees are coming in droves,Norfolk Island is looking good.