A cursory analysis of Alexander Downer's recent comments about Labor suggest he's suffering from "Relevance Deprivation Syndrome", says Barry Everingham.
IN THE FRIDAY EDITION of The Australian, our longest serving and least effective foreign minister, Alexander Downer, had the temerity to accuse the Gillard Government – and by inference the new Rudd Government – of "lurching between reckless self interest and fawning deference to Indonesia."
This is rich indeed coming from Downer.
Has he forgotten the Howard Government's total capitulation to Washington during the regime of the intellectually challenged George W. Bush?
He must remember that, under his watch, our foreign policy was completely in the hands of Washington?
Downer giggled his way around the world while he was in the thrall of Washington. He was considered to be a buffoon by most of the diplomats he came into contact with at the UN.
His officers at Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the main, tore out their hair when he made off the cuff remarks. One of them is thought to have remarked that Downer was slightly more stupid than Billy McMahon.