An Exclusive Club Of Laughingstocks

I’m not even sure why this is ‘news’. Who on Earth would want to join in with an exclusive club of laughingstocks? And there is little doubt that when Australia was the sole regional member of that club, it was there for good reason. Surely I do not need to enumerate the reasons? Well, perhaps I do, just for Australians, who appear (or do not give voice to contradict) to be so ‘laid back’ – Australian for ‘asleep’ – as to be totally unaware that their country is in fact an international laughingstock. Even, perhaps secretly, among its allies.

But for Australia to associate itself with another third tier nation from the other side of the world for assimilation into the exclusive club, kind of takes the biscuit, while also taking the breath of any gobsmacked observer, like me. The heights… or depths… or general all round stupidity of the Australian government in falling into this situation is truly astonishing. But then, a government so desperately in panic mode to try to do something right, just once in the last few years, before they are tossed out at the upcoming federal election (if that is what actually happens – the population being even more ‘laid back’ than normal). The date on which that election is held, the government gets to choose within a twelve month period – and that is a perceived major problem with Australian democracy.

In case you are not sure what I am talking about – and that wouldn’t be surprising for a number of reasons, not least of which is that the story is not likely to be reported in this country – here is a nice report from China’s Global Times, one of the most prolific, truthful, and relevant sources for news on Australia’s mirth generating antics in recent years – and a favourite of mine.

“Lithuania plays ‘coercion card’ against China in joining ‘exclusive club’ with Aussies” – Vilnius’ stunt exposes desperation, a laughingstock for immature actions – by Liu Xin for Global Times – Published: Feb 09, 2022

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne (right) and Lithuania’s counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis hold a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on February 9, 2022. Photo: VCG

Ok, you can laugh your socks off now.

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