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SHAME: Evan Moorhead Resorts to Despicable Smear Campaign in Brisbane

In Political Smear Campaigns on March 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm
Evan Moorhead ALP Labour Party Despicable Smear Campaign Tactics

Evan Moorhead ALP Brisbane Labour Party Despicable Smear Campaign Tactics

I’ve been out of Australia for almost 20 years, is wonderful to be back. However, I was disgusted to find Evan Moorhead’s junk mail in my letter box, despite the unambiguous “NO JUNK MAIL” sign above the slot. It is probably the most despicable act of blatant political smear campaigning I have ever seen firsthand, and so close to home.

On the front of this postcard, there is a head shot of a man who I am assuming is “Graham Quirk”, and the following text:

“What has Graeme Quirk done to ease congestion?”

On the flip-side of the postcard, it reads as follows:

“After five years as Lord Mayor what has Graeme Quirk done to his congestion?

  1. Cut $20 million from buses and ferries.
  2. Committed $650 million for a Kingsford Smith upgrade that will save 60 seconds in travel time. (City projects office – BCC)
  3. Not sure yet
  4. Still thinking about this one
  5. Give him a few minutes”

I’m tempted to leave this post to speak for itself, any thinking person who reads this rhetorical bluster will see that is replete with intellectually dishonest content, including the following:

The question “What has Graeme Quirk done to ease congestion?” is not an honest question, it is a dishonest premise for dishonest  and unsupported conclusions. For a start, there were only two answers offered, but I’m sure there are many more answers to the question, some good, and some likely bad, the logical fallacy used here is called ‘Cherry Picking’. But rather than answering the question honestly, 60% of the space reserved to print answers, was used for incredibly childish hyperbole.

Junk-mailWhen I first read the post card, I had to read it over several more times, because I could not grasp these three lines of text meant.  The reason that I did not get it was because I thought I was reading a brochure, that had been written by a grown up! Then the pin dropped, this grown-up politician was recycling cliché-insults, directly from ninth-grade banter in a school playground. Not just one jab, but three of them in a row.

All three of these answers are really poor disguises for the logical fallacy of  “Thought Terminating Cliché”.  The quotes “Not sure yet”, “still thinking about this one”, andGive him a few minutes”, are apparently the fruit of Evan Moorhead’s  heart and intellect. He is trying to convey the message that “Graham Quirk is an idiot”.  As I sit here and write my response, I can actually see in my minds eye, Evan Morehead sitting behind his keyboard and chuckling as he relives with pride, some pathetic victory he had many years ago, over some skinny, introverted and awkward kid in high school.  What makes this image worse is that other members of his party approved the printing and delivery expense. I am sure all of them where high fiving, beer ponging and chuckle along with Evan. Please, grow up! and you want us to entrust our beautiful city to you?

Side note: Am I slipping into hypocrisy with these last few sentences? I am cringing with anger at this politician who I’ve never heard of before.

Mr. Evan Moorhead, as grandson of a great former Brisbane Lord Mayor, Frank Edward Roberts, who was also a Labour Party champion, you disgust me.

DISCLOSURE: until I received this postcard and did some research, I had no idea who Evan Moorhead  or Graham Quirk were (apparently the latter is our Lord Mayor?), or to which parties they were affiliated, if any. I have not voted in the 20 years since I’ve been abroad, if this is the state of Brisbane politics, and if I’m legally obligated to vote, then I will probably need to take a shower afterwards. I’m not a member of any political party, and my leaning is normally towards rational independents who demonstrate restraint in their speech, love in their heart, and the best interests of individual constituents, as opposed to a Party, lobbyists, or for that matter The State.  Furthermore, to my knowledge I’ve never read or heard any political statements from Graeme Quirk, Maybe he is just as bad as Moorhead? I would urge readers to thoroughly research any candidate for whom they are considering for their valuable vote. Furthermore, it would be a mistake to think that by criticizing Evan Moorhead, I’m endorsing Graeme Quirk. On the contrary, I am endorsing critical thinking, and developing a strong, intellectual self-defense system to protect you and your children against mainstream media, manipulated search engine results, and any individual or organization who would try to manipulate you, or your vote, with their disingenuous words.