By Darryl Mason
It's like watching Jabba The Hut channeling Glenn Beck, with a script written by Rupert Murdoch's chief propagandist Andrew Bolt :
Clive Palmer has had some exceptional training in psychological manipulation.
You can break down most of the key Palmer responses into three categories - Emotional Triggers, Fear Triggers and The Brighter Future theme, to inspire hope of better things to come. All of it done purposefully.
The Emotional trigger phrase is "Mums and Dads".
The Fear trigger word is "Destroy".
'The Brighter Future' theme can be seen in variants on what will happen "when" (not if) opposition leader Tony Abbott wins the 2010 Federal Election.
"....when mums and dads and ordinary Australians have seen the treasurer destroy their future and the future retirement."Fear :
"Everyone knows this is true. And this is bad for our workforce. It's bad for the mums and dads that work in the mines."
"But don't destroy the economy and don't destroy the industries that are employing thousands of Australians - ordinary mums and dads around Australia."
"....ordinary Australians have seen the treasurer destroy their future and the future retirement."
"...that's what the Labor party and Mr Rudd's about - destroying the wealth of Australians."
"But don't destroy the economy and don't destroy the industries that are employing thousands of Australians..."
"(Treasurer Wayne Swan is) suggesting 'Let's take our best industry and destroy it and bring it down to the level of the rest of our economy'."
"...give them the ability to invest in projects that will provide real jobs and create real wealth, not destroy wealth. "
"And that's why we don't like to see it being destroyed by these guys."
"...he's the first person that I'd sack for bringing a tax like this, trying to destroy our resources industry."
"If it ain't broken, leave it alone. Don't try to tinker with it. Don't try to destroy it."
The Brighter Future :
"....let's make a firm stand against the ALP and send them into the Opposition where they belong. And that's what Tony Abbott's going to do in the next election..."
"...this tax is thrown out once and for all as it should be and the Treasurer is thrown out of office as he will be in the next election."
"...the Treasurer should get the boot as well and as the Prime Minister will get the boot at the next election..."
"...that's why Tony Abbott's the last sentry at the gate and he'll throw the Government out at the next election."
Here Palmer manages to cram all three into less than 15 seconds :
"....when mums and dads and ordinary Australians have seen the treasurer destroy their future and the future retirement.And, for the smirking amusement of his mega-rich pals and his allies in the conservative media elite, he remembers to label his enemies as Communists and Socialists :
And this is what's really wrong - it goes at the whole viability of our nation and that's why it's got to be stopped and that's why Tony Abbott's the last sentry at the gate and he'll throw the Government out at the next election."
"Just because you happen to be a socialist or a communist like we know Mr Swan is, as he wants equal distribution....But comrade Rudd and his team are going to bring them back to Australia."Communist China is, of course, one of Clive Palmer's biggest investors.