Tony Abbott Prime Minister of Australia – Scholar or Plonker ?
Tony Abbott is an Oxford graduate. His utterances on the big issues are best summed up by his statement, “No one is the suppository of all wisdom”. He secured a ‘blue scholarship” at Oxford. It was not awarded for high academic achievement (He was a Credit Average as his published transcripts show) or intellect. His scholarship was to allow him to study theology (Philosophy on the existence of God) not medicine, finance, science, business or arts. A paragon of intellect he is not.
He spent three years in a seminary studying to be a priest, during which time he must have read theology. Asked recently to reconcile his asylum-seeker program with his Catholic beliefs, he said: “Jesus knew that there was a place for everything, and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia”. Either he seriously believes Jesus numbered border security among his concerns or it was a glib utterance to get a questioner off his back.
There was also his recent association of the word, “honour” with the Imperial Japanese Army during World War 2. More than 2500 Australians died on the Burma Railway basically because, having surrendered, they were seen by the Imperial Japanese Army as being without honour. The kindest interpretation you can give Abbott’s remark is that he didn’t know what he was talking about. Then, this week, he said World War 1 was “in one sense a tragic waste but it was for a good cause”.
The families of the, 62,000 young Australians who died and the 155,000 who were horribly injured. doubtless puzzled by his statement might pose the question what was the, “good cause” that 16 million people died for in World War 1?