Where Do Irrelevant Old Women Go To Flog Their Books?To the Zaky Mallah Show!
Seriously, this has to be seen to be believed.
Zaky Mallah, the first person to be charged under Australia's terrorism laws has his very own youtube channel. As an uncovered meat, I'm way, way over the other side religiously and politically, but his subjects are quite interesting.
Jan Murray is the subject of today's interview. She had a gig for a few years on daytime television on a show called Beauty and the Beast. It was a panel-based show with one bloke surrounded by "beauties" who all ranted at one another.
I wasn't a viewer of it, and never had much opinion of it.
But we're talking about Jan. Apart from B&TB, she's probably best known for what she did with her husband on his desk a loooong time ago, and now she has a book out.
I knew there had to be a reason as to why she'd be sitting in some suburban bar in the middle of the day talking to a young fellow with a video camera.
I understand that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about, but come one, Jan, everyone gets that. Especially in this day of two-hour news cycles and wall to wall information overload.
I won't offer too much in the way of kudos to Zaky, because I doubt it would have taken much (anything?) for Jan to open up. I will say well done on providing us, the book-buying public, with a worthy addition to the list of what not to buy.
Her views on John Howard and how awful he is are most entertaining, especially considering he's been out of office for 3 years and counting. She wants her book to sell like hotcakes, while hoping that John Howard's ends up in the remainder bin.
Somehow, I suspect that amazon.com tells a different tale.
Not exactly a huge presence on the world stage, is our Jan.
I'm more interested in what I consider is the money quote:
4.31 Zaky:What's the three things that really... pissed you off from former Prime Minister John Howard?
4.38 Jan: Umm. Well as I stated, the refugee situation was terrible, the GST sucks.
4.44 Zaky:So you don't like the GST?
4.45 Jan: No I don't like the GST I think the rich should pay more tax than the poor, and we're all paying the same level, it's a flat tax. I don't like the GST.
At 6.16 in the video, a snippet is shown of her television show, and she declares that she's a socialist.
So I guess we'll see here down here in Melbournistan for the Marxism 2011 conference.
What a meeting of the brains trust that will be.
The idea of a flat tax rate is (to my uneducated mind) rather sensible. This way everyone is paying the same rate. If you spend more, you'll be paying more.
The idea that your rate of taxation goes up because you happen to save/earn more than your neighbour is counter-productive. Why would I want to make more money if I know it's going to get taken away from me?
As for the GST, she can bleat all she likes, but the bottom line is that Howard took it to an election and won.
He had that most elusive of creatures... a mandate.
If she wants to complain about this high rates of taxation in this country, she should look to all those Labor State goverments who refused to drop State taxes like Stamp Duty when the GST came in.
The deal was that the States got the GST in return for getting rid of those.
Ah, the Labor Party. Australia's favourite communists...... which takes me away from Jan and into RantyLand.
One thing for Jan to think about.
How relevant is she feeling if she's hanging out with former terrorist suspects? How relevant is she feeling if she's whinging about a man who's not been in the public eye for years?
How relevant is she feeling if her book sales are a mighty 7-8000 copies (7.16 on the vid) when John Howard's are just that much more?
I wonder when I'll see Jan in the remainder bin?