Wednesday, September 08, 2010

The body language of Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott, consigned to being Leader of the Opposition once more, rather than his obviously desired office of Prime Minister, gives very mobile head when he has a press conference—oops, meant to say he has a very mobile head when he gives press conferences. There is a vigorous nodding, & an equally vigorous shaking of the head from side to side. With most of us, that would mean either nodding agreement or shaking disagreement. Not necessarily for Tony Abbott. The first holds true, but as for the second.....

L. has a theory that the nodding comes when he says something he believes in, & the shaking occurs when he makes what appears to be a positive statement, but his underlying belief is actually the opposite negative. If, for example, he says something along the lines of "I'm highly pissed that the Liberal-National Coalition won't be the Government of Australia," his head goes up & down. If he then goes on to say that "The Coalition will do everything to ensure the stability of Government," his head will go into metronome mode, meaning that what he actually believes is "The hell we will. We'll be as disruptive & destabilizing as we possibly can."

Chasing a clip to prove the theory, I found there weren't all that many of the "mad monk" around, possibly because he's considered neither news- or trustworthy. The one below gives a hint. If someone knows of a better one, please let me know.


Blogger George said...

love your blog.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

But, seriously.... My reading of Abbott's body language these last few days is relief. He may say he wants to be PM, but I think deep inside he knows he hasn't got the goods for the job. His metier is pugnaciously opposing everything. Called upon to negotiate, to lead a government, to head a nation, I suspect those notions terrify him. Opposing, knocking, belittling, these are all first nature to him, and now, he is free again to let these 'people skills' have full rein. As PM, he wouldn't know what to do, and there's no-one in his shadow Cabinet who could guide or mentor him, either. For much the same reason - no talent for it, or anything but the snarl and the dig.

4:47 PM  

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