Tony Abbott: a prophet discarded in his own land

Verily, for though Tony Abbott lives among us, his spirit dwells in earlier times.

It has the shape of a cloud that even buffeted by gales will not be pulled apart. It sits in God’s hand. It is impervious to the nature of the weather and the times; that being so, it can exist in the past and live in the present. It is a transmigration of ignorance to belief.

Evidence of its existence is plain. Wherever Tony Abbott is, so it appears. It believes it speaks truth to power. It cannot otherwise exist, for to deny this is to admit that ignorance is bliss, that black is white. And besides, why bother, we’re all gunna die anyway.

And yet Abbott perseveres, a prophet discarded in his own land. Perhaps he chisels slowly on stone tablets by candlelight. With unwavering deliberation, he chips out characters. Immovable words. He scours deep into the stone so that his thoughts cannot be erased. When he is finished with a tablet, he nicks the flesh so that a drop of blood may fall onto the last word.

Or perhaps he uses ink and quill on parchment to draw his views of the world in neat assured strokes of refinement. Surely his hand moves as does his mind; a turn of phrase, a flourish of certitude flowing with the conviction of one who knows his world, his place in it and how everyone else should be placed in it.

“These are the words of a lost soul looking for a world that he used to know but which is fading into the horizon.”

This week Tony Abbott presented his views not only to his country, but to the world. He spoke at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London of “civilizational decline”, of climate change, the settling of science, the plight of the West and the moral code.

He spoke of goats.

‘‘Environmentalism has managed to combine a post-socialist instinct for big government with a post-Christian nostalgia for making sacrifices in a good cause,” he said. “Primitive people once killed goats to appease the volcano gods.

“We’re more sophisticated now, but are still sacrificing our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect. Beware the pronouncement, ‘the science is settled’. It’s the spirit of the Inquisition, the thought-police down the ages.”

So Tony Abbott is really Winston Smith, the rebel of Oceania, who can say that “more than 100 years of photography at Manly Beach in my electorate does not suggest that sea levels have risen”.

That’s settled then. The science is in.

And so having found truth in the unsubmerged grains of sand of his home beach, Abbott takes the view that “in most countries, far more people die in cold snaps than in heat waves, so a gradual lift in global temperatures, especially if it’s accompanied by more prosperity and more capacity to adapt to change, might even be beneficial”.

Indeed, “climate change itself is probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm”. And from there it is only a small step to arrive at our destination of “why bother we’re all gunna die”.

Abbott told the London audience: “Even if reducing emissions really is necessary to save the planet, our effort, however Herculean, is barely-better-than-futile; because Australia’s total annual emissions are exceeded by just the annual increase in China’s.”

This is Abbott now as Dalek: “Resistance is futile.” Our moral obligation to the planet thus stops at our shoreline. While per output our influence on climate is small, per capita Australia is one of the biggest polluters in the world. As much as his stance is deplorable, it’s the sneering intolerance to grant even a sliver of science its due in that opening “even if reducing emissions is really necessary to save the planet” that sticks in the craw.

“He cannot move forward without abandoning the past. And he cannot do that. It is what defines him. If only people would listen to him.”

It must have been hard, excruciatingly so, to chisel those words into the tablet. But there is solace in abrogation:

“A tendency to fear catastrophe is ingrained in the human psyche. Looking at the climate record over millions of years, one day it will probably come; whatever we do today won’t stop it, and when it comes, it will have little to do with the carbon dioxide emissions of mankind.”

But, as is the lot of the prophet, or the missionary, the task of conversion is never-ending, especially when such obstacles as this, in Abbott’s words exist: “Climate change is by no means the sole or even the most significant symptom of the changing interests and values of the West.

“Still, only societies with high levels of cultural amnesia – that have forgotten the scriptures about man created ‘in the image and likeness of God’ and charged with ‘subduing the earth and all its creatures’ – could have made such a religion out of it.”

So, it is the fault of forgetting the myths of Creationism. How inconvenient. God must be fuming. You evolutionary bastards. Lucky God has a friend in Abbott. “Civilizational self-doubt is everywhere; we believe in everyone but ourselves; and everything is taken seriously except that which used to be.” Amen.

These are the words of a lost soul looking for a world that he used to know but which is fading into the horizon. He is trapped. He cannot move forward without abandoning the past. And he cannot do that. It is what defines him. If only people would listen to him.

“I’m reminded of the story of a man randomly throwing pieces of paper from the window of a train. Eventually his companion asked him why he did it. It keeps the elephants down, he said. But there are no elephants here,’ his companion replied. Precisely; it’s a very successful method.’ ”

Abbott, with a tin ear, has turned the adage on himself. He is the man throwing pieces of paper into the wind. Verily, he is as lonely as a cloud.

Featured image: Jesus Ascension to Heaven, with some creative liberties taken…

33 responses to “Tony Abbott: a prophet discarded in his own land

  1. The “science” of climate change is open to interpretation and by no means are the conclusions set in concrete, as the proponents would like to have us believe.

    Tony Abbott has merely taken on board the mantle of scepticism as espoused by Professor Ian Plimer, Lord Christopher Monckton and Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Thatcher government.
    Their thesis is that CO2 emissions generated by mans’ activity are a minor player in the geological scheme of things, especially emissions caused by volcanic activity.

    A more incisive analysis of the situation would serve your cause of “Arts Journalism” with far more credibility if it were ever published by your crowd.

  2. Well said – though as I opened up the piece I wondered why I was bothering – drawn like a rabbit to the glare of the on-rushing headlights of Tony Abbott’s idiocy. Thanks!

  3. Monarchists will not have read this far having limited time at their disposal. Ancient monarchists might recall King Henry II had a bit of trouble with a soi-disant intellectual prelate – it ended badly. I can only pray that our pseudo prelate Abbott has a long retirement when he leaves politics and regret that my taxes fund a little of that ill-gotten super, but be thankful it wasn’t more.

  4. The Liberal Party pretends to be a broad church, but if it accepts the ‘global warming is good’ crowd it’s just a broad barnyard with the gate wide open.

  5. I can’t believe so many comments were so against this article. Loved the drawing, all rather tongue in cheek, and satire. I thought it was a great (and unfortunately) true article.

  6. The truth of the matter is that he is no more worth listening to than the bloke over the road. The question that demands to be asked is; What is wrong with the process by which such a damaging and inconsequential individual (Abbot) can be listened to by so many? And by the way the argument that we produce so little greenhouse gas on a worldwide scale can be made by every individual or province or suburb in the world. Practice what you preach, our solar panels produce more electricity than we consume and we anoint whinge about power prices.

  7. Pretty low rent satire/sarcasm, if that is what this is.

    As usual none of the content of Tony Abbott’s speech was addressed on merit and details.

    Admit it Warwick, you LOVE Tony Abbott. It enables you to write a cheap article because it achieves two things for you:

    1. Easy clickbait,

    2. Virtue signalling to the acolytes of The Church of the Leftie/Prog.

    1. Struggling to find the merit of which you speak…the satire writes itself, and cause effect style produces the sarcasm…really wonder why you lot bother wasting your time here trolling…you’re viewed as nuisances at worst or pitied as pathetic, like the lone Jehovah’s Witness foisting unwanted copies of the Watchtower on passersby…

  8. You certainly have the context right Warwick. Does anyone recall George Pell (Tony’s confessor) pronouncing, on Q&A, that God will protect us all from anything that climate change has to offer? That level of naivety comes as a shock but Abbott has form.

  9. “Resistance is futile” is the Borg. Daleks just “EXTERMINATE!” Us geeks everywhere are cringing thay you can’t get the pop culture references right.

  10. I read this article as the piece of barbed satire that it clearly presents itself as. I have no idea what the other commentators above me read, but it cannot have been the article. It is remarkable that some consider the comments section of a satirical column the place to air their sarcasm and bizarre views, but this is a world we now live in, where the internet has proved without a shadow of a doubt that a million typing monkeys will most certainly not produce the works of Shakespeare.

  11. Abbot is an oppositionist – if there was no-one else in the room he would start an argument with himself: actually I think he just did….

  12. It is incredible that such a mind as Mr Abbotts gained access to what is considered one of the most distinguished places of learning on the Planet, Oxford University – which is surely diminished by this pupil. So many World Leaders come from similar backgrounds and the general state of the worlds situation -climate change, exploitation, greed, racism, poverty, rampant consumerism, Neo Libralism, hypocracy, etc- would suggest new training institutions for our leaders are necessary.

  13. Such rambling incoherent vaguely connected nonsense Warwick, worthy of any sermon I have ever heard . You have missed your calling, Mate. But I guess when you are confident you are simply passing on the gospel from the Gods of Political Correctness a bit emotive meandering followed by “here endeth the lesson” and the job’s done.

    1. You haven’t demonstrated where Warwick’s article is incoherent, vaguely connected, rambling or emotive meandering. If you don’t support your thesis, then don’t waste everyone’s time with your pseudo intellectual, pretentious crap.

  14. When vengeance and the seeking if control over all things in ones sphere leads to an inability to be truly reflective and in tune with the deeper self. There is nothing but chaos internally and leads to all kinds of irrational thought, words and behaviour. Abbott is the epitome of a man who has sought control since youth and is completely erratic when that control and claim on power is stymied

  15. Greg, I think that you meant to write ” There are millions of silent supporters out there who have remained silent on issues that are yet to” afflict “them”.

  16. I have one very major issue to pick with this article. It is the Borg (Startrek) who use the phrase “Resistance is futile” not the Daleks (Dr Who). The Daleks desperately screech “Exterminate” which is much more like Tony Abbott who continuously proves his only talent is to destroy.

    We need to stop engaging with his ridiculous pronouncements and call him out every time for what he really is; ignorant, irrelevant and embarrassing.

    1. If he is irrelevant (I couldn’t agree more) then he is safely ignored because ‘calling him out’ dignifies his bile. The bogan army he is trying to lead can be persuaded to see beyond the ends of their noses and that is where reasoned argument should dwell, not trying to convince the stubborn, the ‘stupid,’ to quote his Pope.

  17. What a rubbish article. Another columnist taking the easy road and putting the boot in.

    The fact is that the whole climate change thing is about whether or not we can do anything to stop it – and there’s quite simply, clearly, obviously, transparently, scientifically, undisputably, no evidence whatsoever that we can.

    None.

    Don’t worry about the arguments over whether the world is really warning or not.

    Assume it is.

    Assume it is bad.

    Question is: can we stop it?

    By influencing the 0.04% of carbon dioxide the air contains?

    By influencing OUR contribution to that 0.04% ?

    To whatever percentage we might be able to reach of that?

    Don’t worry about the sensible arguments over whether that is ‘the cause’ in an environment of other greenhouse gases including water vapour at 1% and sub ocean warming and solar warming etc., etc … just assume it is true that our malleable percentage of our percentage of 0.04% is the cause of everything and ask yourself –

    do you think we could do it?

    And the answer is obvious.

    Now ask yourself why such a canard would ever have reached such proportions?

    Follow the money. Right before your eyes, right here in our nation, millionaires are being created by (dubious) ‘green’ alternative power sources.

    Right here before our eyes there’s a vast transfer of wealth going on to move money out of the pockets of the people into the coffers of the power companies and their friends.

    Right there out in the broader world there’s a vast setup operating to deny growth and ready power to millions/billions until they can pay for our ‘green’ power sources.

    We are in a world ruled entirely by a military industrial complex. And by money hungry shameless, remorseless, conscienceless global corporations. We are watching whole nations being destroyed. There’s a third world war going on as we speak. The war mongers are doing all they can to foment even more, manufacturing them out of the whole cloth.

    This is merely part of that whole insanity.

    You call Tony Abbott a lost soul. Look to yourself. Look to our whole world.

    And neanderthal? There’s a very good chance the neanderthals got wiped out simply because they were too peaceful – neanderthal genes today are known to mitigate anxiety and neuroses – see recent New Scientist.

    Whatever the truth of that I’d rather be called neanderthal than a modern man if this kind of thinking, this kind of journalism and this kind of socio-political world is the definition of ‘modern’.

  18. He is not alone Warwick. Only in your world he is. There are millions of silent supporters out there who have remained silent on issues that are yet to affect them.

  19. Great article Warwick – sobering and entertaining. Our dear Tony talks about cavemen but who is the true Neanderthal here, Tony?

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