Of Motions and Spills.

The geranium

The geranium

I am not sure where the present obsession of motions and spill originate from. I could google it but at my age I have enough on my plate.
I know that moving motions is the essence of getting on with the business of governing but how politicians can keep a straight face in Parliament while sitting on private motions is tsunami causing hilariously funny. Is that why the English speaking world has produced so many top comedians? How did the word ‘motion’ ever come to be part of parliamentary language as did ‘spills’? Another type of moving motions is the intestinal one, at times far more urgent and necessary. When you look at that coterie of politicians sitting there in rows it might help to see them in their other ‘motion moving’ role as well. It helps to give perspective.

With the latest spill being defeated, our PM can again walk tall, more likely stumble on. He must restrain his habit of rashly following his scattered urges and the flowery repetitious language. His wife ought to take the pictures of Queen and Country away from his bed-side table, replace them with a picture of Erasmus of Rotterdam instead. For his daily drink, give him Billy Tea instead of Earl Grey. It might also help for Mrs Abbott to tie him to a plank to stop him from his obsessive and continuous genuflecting motions whenever he thinks of Australia as living at the feet of Queen Victoria and glorious Beefeaters.

I don’t know what holds the future. Will it be a continuation of what we have now? I feel somewhat deflated with the prospect of seeing the Abbott spectacle for some time yet on TV. I do have the option of switching the thing off.

I remember well the excitement of the new. With age comes repetition of events and the edges less sharply defined, a dulling of experiences, the sun a bit less yellow. But whatever the future holds, I will never give in to the brutality of what our leaders have meted out towards the asylum seekers. That will keep me on edge as nothing else will. Oh, and the silly knighthoods, moving motions and all the rest of absurdity of life…

We mustn’t take it too seriously. Go and get a laugh.


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27 Responses to “Of Motions and Spills.”

  1. elizabeth2560 Says:

    Yes, he remains Captain, but look at his boat.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Yvonne Says:

    Well, let’s see what the ever so faithful followers will do in the next few days.

    I wish our illustrious leader would stop his irritating habit of repeating things, not once, twice but often thrice. Why does this irritate me so much??

    Was the rhubarb crumble nice?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. bkpyett Says:

    Gerard, What a bitter disappointment this morning’s spill turned out to be. Chris still thinks another could happen any time. Who knows? The ABC have been enjoying seeing the LNP’s discomfort, but we’ll have to put up with watching this government’s ineptitude. The next election seems a long way off.

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  4. bkpyett Says:

    Loved your geranium. Yes, and did the rhubarb bring on a motion?
    Crazy language as you say!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. auntyuta Says:

    I must say your geranium flowers have a beautiful colour!
    Repetitious language? I think we’re going to hear a bit more of it or as you say, switch off when we can’t stand it any more!
    I agree, it is good to joke about it a bit more. Some good laughs can make a difference.
    Are the Greens ever to be given a significant chance? I think they are the only ones who are prepared to help asylum seekers.

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  6. rod Says:

    I don’t know what spills are, though I have a picture of long thin things in a jar used for lighting something? Pipes?


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I don’t know either. I thought you might throw some light on that word.

      Anyway, the spill to go for another PM was lost. “The spill was lost,” an over-excited journalist was heard saying in the corridors of power at Canberra.

      It is something to do with English way of Governing. Going for a “spill motion” we heard often today. How is the “spill motion” going in England Rod?

      Soon people will ask each other; “how is your spill motion this morning?” Or, even; “pardon me, but your spill motion is showing.”

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      • rod Says:

        I don’t live in England and a ‘spill motion’ is new to me. Doesn’t the Abbott hail from England?


      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Sorry, I forgot. Abbott hails from England and loves everything of the past. He failed as a jesuit priest and now has another go at ru(i)nning the country.
        Anyway, all those antics keeps H and I off the streets.


  7. Lottie Nevin Says:

    Motions and spills sounds rather worrying. Have you ever heard the phrase ‘Facial Leakage’? That’s currently my favourite 🙂

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  8. Master of Something Yet Says:

    Motions and spills. Its all just one big mess really.


  9. Andrew Says:

    Is Erasmus of Rotterdam related to Dr. Strabismus (whom God preserve) of Utrecht?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Patti Kuche Says:

    So much for progress . . .


  11. greenwritingroom.com Says:

    I think it always helps to remember that: “even the president of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked” – e.e.cummings

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  12. petspeopleandlife Says:

    I like all these witty remarks from Lottie and Andrew. I know nothing about your politics but Abbott must be a doozie. His pictures give the appearance of someone that is dishonest. He looks like a crook.


  13. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Had to go searching to find out about spill motions, Gerard. So as I understand it now, it’s a vote of confidence in leadership. It’s an opportunity to spill a leader like you might spill water or milk. Right? –Curt


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, spot on Curt. It must be an old expression. Why it is not called a vote of confidence is beyond me. I mean, a dance party each year in Edinburough is called a Tattoo. Can you believe it?
      A mince pie is nothing like a pie. It is acidly sweet. No meat at all
      Going out for pudding is going for a cup-a-tea and bikkie.
      Yorkshire pudding is nothing like a vanilla sweet or a cup-o-tea, it has meat and spuds.


  14. chris hunter Says:

    Abbott is furious about being outed on the asylum children. He blames Labor but how does that undo his appalling efforts. The excuse that he’s allowed to imprison children because others did it doesn’t wash. So far in government he’s done nothing but blame Labor, at what point will he take responsibility and govern? I thought he won the election, perhaps I got it wrong?


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The mantra of Abbott ‘labor, labor’ it is all labor’s fault, is starting to give me tinnitus if not tinea as well.
      There seemed no lack of support for a royal commission in the pink batts insulation issue but when it comes to children locked in refugee camps, with the Human Rights Commission asking for a royal commission; ‘oh no, abuse of children, that’s all very fine and legitimate.


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