Oct 172009
 

I’ve been waiting a few weeks now for Joe Hockey to ‘friend’ me on FaceBook.


Why do I want Joe Hockey as a friend on FB? Well it’s fair and reasonable, I think, to look to the more rational senior people in the Opposition for a lead as to their policies. I’ve always like the cut of Joe’s jib – although lately it seems to have lost a little breeze – and I though it might be constructive to join in on the comments he engenders. Besides, the following kind of comments on a public medium are either intended only for the converted, or to make the author appear as ideologically cyclopean as he’s obviously purporting to be.
This, by twitter, on Facebook:

Joe Hockey Do Aussies paying tolls and living with poor public transport and existing fuel taxes really want Mr Rudd’s new congestion tax as well..NO
Joe Hockey Good feedback on congestion tax ..would it apply in outer metro CBDs? Would it replace tolls? What if no or poor public transport?
Joe Hockey Oh and soviet style congestion is more tolerable with a moscow version railway…..chandeliers and all!!

Soviet Style Congestion?????? This from the man who likens the current government to the rest of the ‘world-wide leftist conspiracy’, AND holds down the post of shadow treasurer in the alternative government. Joe seems to love Twitter. It appears from the feedback he gets to his twits….sorry, tweets, there’s an Australia-wide right-wing conspiracy living on Twitter, just waiting to grow up and write letters to the editor.
But, back to Facebook. It seems Joe doesn’t like, or ‘friend’ rude people. Have a look at this exchange, and let me know if you think I’d been rude.

Y’know Joe, I had great hopes for you as a potential Liberal Party leader, but if you’re going to restrict your FB ‘friends’ to those who fawn how can you possibly claim to be getting “Good feedback on congestion tax” or indeed anything else?

to which he, or some minion, replied…

oh I don’t intend to screen…the only friends we don’t accept are the ones that are rude Neil. Don’t worry I get plenty of people bringing me back to earth with a thud!!!

I don’t intend to screen…” and “…we don’t accept…”. Is that the royal ‘we’, Joe, or do you have a committee deciding who your Facebook persona preaches to, and who it doesn’t? I’m still awaiting acceptance of my request to become one of the fawning.

  2 Responses to “Joe Hockey Fears Criticism”

  1. OK, so he’s trying, very. When someone ‘in the market place of ideas’ can’t give away their produce, the last thing they should be doing is spurning legitimate comment.

  2. OK, so he’s trying, very. When someone ‘in the market place of ideas’ can’t give away their produce, the last thing they should be doing is spurning legitimate comment.