I hadn’t realised that it had been quite so long since I last posted anything here until very kind people wrote to ask if I were OK. Yes, I’m fine, and thank you for your concern. Real life just got in the way of my blogging activities but I’m now getting a bit better organised. I can understand why anyone who knows me would wonder if I were perhaps ill if I stopped chatting!
In Australia we’re now in that awful period coming up to a Federal Election – although it isn’t until September – when all political life centres around electioneering and point scoring. This week, Julia Gillard (the Australian Prime Minister for those of you who aren’t aware of her – and she of the “misogyny” speech which went around the world) has again been the focus of some pretty personal abuse. The Liberal Party held a fund-raising dinner where one of the items on the menu was described as “Julia Gillard Kentucky fried quail - small breasts, huge thighs”.
A couple of days after we heard of this, she was asked during a radio interview whether her partner, Tim, is homosexual and whether she has a normal heterosexual relationship with him! The interviewer thought this was an appropriate question because Tim is a hairdresser. The radio station at least had the good sense to sack him.
Has anyone ever asked Tony Abbott (the Liberal Party leader) whether Mrs Abbott is a lesbian?
Still on the subject of Julia, does any other country have a leader who tweeted best wishes last Saturday to those among us who celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day? Yes, she’s a knitter and apparently has a knitting bag with a “PM” tag on it, which is taken with her luggage whenever she’s travelling.