John Howard, Australia’s second-longest serving Prime Minister (behind only Sir Robert Menzies) has defended current Prime Minister Scott Morrison against the leftist hate-storm that has engulfed him during the current bushfire emergency.
John Howard who turned 80 last year has described Scott Morrison’s handling of the bushfire crisis as compassionate and empathetic and declared that Mr Morrison had done everything right.
‘The last thing you could ever say about Scott Morrison is that he lacks compassion and empathy,’ Howard told Sky News on Tuesday.
‘I’ve always found him somebody who looks to people as individuals and cares about the human impact on individuals and their families.
‘A lot of the criticism is completely misplaced, I think he’s done all the right things.’
The statements from Howard come after an unprecedented hate campaign waged against the Prime Minister by left leaning journalists and their followers on social media. Despite the fact that the states are the ones primarily responsible for firefighting and despite the fact that the NSW and QLD premiers and the NSW deputy Premier also went on holiday over the Christmas break the level of vitriol levelled at the Prime Minister has been entirely unprecedented for a natural disaster. Members of the Australian fourth estate have taken it upon themselves to gain revenge for the miracle victory won by Morrison over their champion Bill Shorten at last year’s federal election. The Australian cultural tradition of coming together in a time of crisis to offer aid, sympathy and support has been discarded by the left in their rush to vent their hatred upon the evil white Christian male who had dashed their hopes and who still refuses to accept their apocalyptic climate faith. The unbridled and unhinged level of leftist hate mirrors and even rivals that which was once directed at Howard himself.
The complete abandonment of perspective and the amount of personal abuse we’ve seen levelled at our Prime Minister — particularly by keyboard warriors on social media — has been disgusting. It’s been un-Australian. It has betrayed every cultural tradition we hold dear, and has confirmed that those who curse and sneer at our flag, our culture and our national occasions such as Australia Day have no actual connection to being Australian aside from the coat of arms on the little book they carry while travelling somewhere else.
The same people who cheered Kevin Rudd for showing up for a selfie after the Black Saturday bushfires which killed a dozen times more people than the current blazes are demanding that Scott Morrison fix the weather, end the drought, and somehow make up for decades of state government neglect in the area of hazard reduction burns. What’s worse most honest Australians rightly suspect that if Bill Shorten had won last May’s election and had carried out exactly the same actions as Morrison has there would be article after article, television piece after television piece applauding his stalwart leadership and wise judgement.
Howard would disagree, but it’s time to judge the leftists harshly for their words and actions. It’s time to remind them that if they don’t wish to abide by the Australian traditions of putting politics aside and coming together in a time of disaster (as Howard and former ALP Queensland Premier Peter Beattie did so memorably during a devastating cyclone) then we are under no obligation (aside from the legal) to consider them our fellow Australians.
It’s time to ask Australian leftists if they hate Australia, hate its history, hate its form of government, hate its flag and hate the Prime Minister its voters put in office so much why they don’t find somewhere else to live that doesn’t so offend their sensibilities.
After all. We really won’t miss them.