all right

Occasionally adding corroborative details to add verisimilitude to otherwise bald and unconvincing,
but veridicous accounts
with careful attention, indefatigable assiduity, and nice discrimination.

10 November, 2011

Incredibly Challenging

Hard to Believe

Some women’s jobs are
incredibly challenging,
says our dear PM.

What exactly makes
family counselling, say,
incredibly hard?

What’s hard to believe
is how words confuse her; she
can’t understand them

(as anyone can tell
who’s had the misfortune
of hearing Gillard).

Her minders, then, should
avoid mentioning any
complex stratagem.

Unlucky, sad staff
complain, “Lexically, the
PM’s a retard.”

Our Dear Leader ponders the meaning of words.

From “150,000 of Australia’s lowest paid workers including 120,000 women are set for a pay rise”, by Patrick Lion: 
In Sydney, Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced that she would put a joint submission on equal pay with the Australian Services Union to Fair Work Australia.
Ms Gillard said the move was an important step to closing the long-standing pay gap between men and women and delivering fairness in the workplace.
The 150,000 workers affected includes 120,000 women working in sectors such as disability carers, family counselling, running homeless shelters and working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
"Workers in this sector have been underpaid for too long because their work was viewed as women’s work. They work in incredibly challenging jobs," Ms Gillard said.
“Incredibly” joins a very long list of fairly simple words—including literally, no, carbon, tax, pollution and promise—which the Hon. Julia Gillard fails to comprehend. 

UPDATE I:  see bingbing’s “Why’s the PM have to make it a gender issue?” 

UPDATE II:  added the sixth stanza.

UPDATE III (25 November):  the picture above provoked the following verses.  (I wrote the slightly different, first version as a submission to bingbing’s call for captions.)

A Dream 

Between London Bridge
and the Tower of London
I saw Gillard’s head

on a spike. Tourists
gasped, “What is that horrid thing?”
“A traitress,” I said.

“She was a PM
who willfully sabotaged
the country she led.

“However, at last
the people had had enough
and, having seen red,

“tried her for treason.
They tried to bring back old laws
just for her. She fled

“to Britain which brought
back the old penalty too.
She’s exhibited

“as an example
to all. Thus, she now does more
for the country, dead,

“than she ever did
alive:  for good folk are aye
corrupt leaders’ dread.”

UPDATE III (29 November):  “We can face the confidence with future!”

UPDATE IV (7 December):  at university, unsurprisingly, Julia Gillard could not write well:

UPDATE V (27 March, 2012):  see “Unfit to Lead” and “The PM Lied”.

UPDATE VI (2 February, 2013):  in a media conference to announce that she knew twelve months ago that two ministers would now resign—really, honestly!—the PM thrice described the shoes of both Nicola Roxon and Chris Evans as incredibly big, and incredibly hard to fill.
In “The PM and Her People Agree”, see examples of the PM’s inadequate understanding of the world “literally”. 

UPDATE VII (6 April, 2013):  in a speech this week our Beloved Leader said, “Friends, nothing in our destiny is certain”.  Umm, if you’re going to believe in destiny it helps if you understand that the whole concept of destiny—from the Latin, destinare, “to determine”—is that it refers to complete certainty of future events. 

UPDATE VIII (20 April, 2013)in a speech today to the Victorian Labor Party Conference, our dear PM said:
Today, one in 12 Australian kids aren’t meeting minimum standards in reading, writing and maths.
That should be “One in twelve isn’t meeting minimum standards”, of course; one is singular.
She also said:
Today, four of the top five schooling systems in the world are in our region and we aren’t one of them.
We aren’t a schooling system?  Oh, no! 
It’s unlikely that merely giving more funding to schools will improve standards; after all, we pay the PM over $470,000 a year and her standards in reading, writing and maths have not improved.

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