Tony Abbott reckons that politicians are the unsung, unacknowledged and generally under-appreciated war-time heroes of our generation, and specifically is still waxing lyrical about John Howard’s contribution to Australia, the word and generally the wellbeing of the universe overall.
Mr Abbott noted that in an online poll 82 per cent of more than 11,000 respondents said Mr Howard did not deserve the medal.
“It’s worth pondering though, in the different reactions to these medals, the different responses people have to courage in battle and to courage in public life,” Mr Abbott wrote.
Mr Abbott complained at the lack of recognition for political courage, referred to the “unknown soldiers” of politics, said it was a thankless life where participants were often viewed by the public as having their “snouts in the trough”.
“If there was anyone in politics who deserved a medal for political courage, it was Howard,” Mr Abbott wrote.
But Mr Griffin said there was room for a legitimate debate on the merit of Mr Howard’s award.
“However, Mr Abbott’s contention that political courage is ‘a higher and rarer virtue’ than physical courage suggests that he clearly sees Mr Howard’s medal as superior than the Victoria Cross,” Mr Griffin said today.
“The deeds required to be awarded a Victoria Cross are incomparable with the challenges of political life.”
He said Mr Abbott had a complete lack of understanding of the sacrifices made by veterans and their families.
Trooper Donaldson was awarded Australia’s first VC in 40 years for distracting enemy fire to protect wounded soldiers and for crossing 80 metres into enemy fire to rescue an injured Afghan interpreter last year.
To paraphrase Tony Abbott, I’d suggest it’s perhaps more important to ponder why this guy thinks anything he has to say has any remote relevance or significance whatsoever…
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