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http://www.news.com.au/national/were-going-to-wait-for-the-old-lady-to-die/story-e6frfkvr-1226223571263

    Sure is a vicious person!
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This was actually in the context of saying Australia should become a republic now, rather than wait till the Queen dies. I find myself wondering whether Paul Keating has read the polls which currently show the monarchy at its strongest in 20 years.

I'm wondering why he chose to go for a republic over the issue of Aboriginal reconciliation, when he gave probably the greatest speech of his career on the latter issue. His priorities seem to have been rather screwed up to me. 

And shame he pushed for republicanism for what seems to me like no apparent reason, he seems to have otherwise been a rather decent Treasurer and PM.

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he seems to have otherwise been a rather decent Treasurer and PM


...just a really foul person who would wish death on someone who has never done anything to harm him or anyone else.

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If you read the article, he's not wishing death on the Queen. I don't see why he thinks Australia would benefit from having a person hardly anyone, including most Australians, has heard of as head of state (the likely outcome), instead of a person everyone has heard of and admires. But his remarks weren't vicious that I can see.
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In caricaturing the position of those who are republicans in principle but advocate delaying any further debate until after the present reign as "waiting for the old lady to die," yes, I think there is a certain viciousness there.  Keating is a bitter man who can't stand it that most Australians no longer share his burning desire to ditch the Crown.

Not that I care much for the "wait for Charles" types either--they are counting on the fact that the Prince of Wales is not nearly as popular as either his mother or his sons to give their flagging cause a boost when he comes to the throne.  I hope they're wrong.  But the Queen enjoys a certain unassailable emotional legitimacy and hold on the popular imagination simply because she's been Queen for so long and came to the throne at a time when the monarchy was virtually unchallenged in both Britain and Australia.  Charles isn't going to have that advantage, though I remain reasonably confident that Australian republicanism will not substantially revive, especially with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (and presumably their future children) on the scene.

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Nevertheless the heading is misleading, the former PM's remarks are not nearly so bad as it suggests.
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I would say that, by definition, republicans in the Commonwealth Realms are vicious, vile, mentally disturbed and mean as well as traitorous!

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Well, some might simply be crazy (without the other attributes), right?

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Keating represents some of the very worst qualities of a politician. Arrogant, hateful, aloof, out of touch, claims responsibility for the "successes" of the Hawke government (yeah right, EVERY PM since Whitlam and then Fraser has been sending this country on the wrong path).
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