They tried to make Barney believe in global warming, but he said, "No, no, no."
Yes, but the aggrieved partner may also seethe quietly while plotting wicked revenge.
Senator Joyce said the Nationals did not always vote with their Liberal partners.
"About 99.9 per cent of the time, or more, we vote for the Liberal Party and I can't understand why people get their noses so out of joint when that's not the case,'' he said.
Even in a marriage, couples don't agree all the time, he said."I don't ... and no one says that's the end of this relationship, they just say that's the way relationships go.''
Carbon trading, and the carbon tax, might be delayed for a year or two, but it's not going to fall into the "Forget About It" pit anytime soon. Most Labor and Liberal politicians want it, some of Australia's biggest businesses are demanding it, and Rupert Murdoch stands to make hundreds of millions of dollars from it, even if he lets a few of his columnists, for entertainment purposes, rage against it.
Barnaby Joyce could ride an anti-carbon tax movement to even greater election success, unless pensioners and the poor actually get paid cash by the Rudd government because they emit less carbon in their lifestyles than the rich, which is probably exactly what is going to happen to smooth over its introduction.