Mike Baird wants us to know he was wrong.

It turns out that tying small defenceless creatures to a metal apparatus so they can be torn to bits over often lengthy periods of time isn’t cruel at all.

Apparently loading dogs up with all manner of drugs like steroids, amphetamines, cocaine, uppers and downers is all really quite hunky dory.

In fact, killing a dog and dumping its body in a shallow mass grave to decay is really doing it a favour if it can’t run fast enough for a trainer.

There is nothing that puts the racing industry in higher esteem than race fixing so that a select few hit the jackpot and the average Joe blows his dough, punters love that shit.

Oh, and the industry that has failed time and time again to even come close to cleaning up its act will shine like the purest of white cotton sheets on a cloudless sunny day this time around.

Yep Baird was wrong.

I was right, but I'm being forced to say I was wrong Image - ibtimes

I was right, but I’m being forced to say I was wrong
Image – ibtimes

We know this not because of any studies, research, or based on any sort of historical data, all those things say that Baird was right to ban greyhound racing. We know it because a few shock-jocks and the National Party tell us so.

The public have been turning against the major parties for their history of not having any passion about their policies and for being less about governing with their heart and more about governing with their focus group and polling results. With Mike Baird’s backflip on his greyhound ban, people should flock back to the LNP in droves, right?

There is nothing that fills the public with more confidence than a Premier who preaches morals, integrity and compassion and then spectacularly backflips and backs those he called evil just a few weeks earlier. That is a Premier with principles apparently.

The people of NSW now know that they did not elect a leader, they elected a weak follower of those who have sought to intimidate and bully the Premier until he caved in to their demands. The people of NSW now know that it is actually the National Party and a few rogue shock-jocks running the state.

In all seriousness though, Baird is now the Phantom without the super-hero powers. Just a walking ghost. A man who can’t stand for his own principles can’t be relied upon to stand for those of others. The problem facing the Liberal Party is who can take over from him? There really isn’t anyone that is making any impression at all.

The favourite would have been Gladys Berejiklian however one day she forgot to take a tape measure to work and that little blunder cost the taxpayers a few quid. I mean here’s a tip for young players, if you are going to spend $2.3 Billion on new trains, try to make sure they aren’t too wide to fit past station platforms, particularly if you are Transport Minister.

Luke Foley will be all over the greyhound backflip like ants on candy, however no matter what the spin, this is hardly  a proud day at all for NSW Labor.

The success for Labor is a bitter one for Luke Foley has fought hard to win a fight against a ban he told a room full of animal advocates he actually wanted. Imagine that, when your greatest political success is actually a personal failure.

I’m sure all those drug cheats and live baiters that Foley had his happy snaps taken with will be celebrating their win today with the best champagne the “working class” can afford after spending an absolute fortune on a PR firm.

Was Baird wrong to try and end this? Image - ABC

Was Baird wrong to try and end this?
Image – ABC

This week news broke of some more of these working class heroes of NSW Labor and the Greyhound Racing industry.

One of these victims of Baird’s “class warfare”, greyhound owner and trainer Chad Achurch was found with numerous videos of the torture of rabbits. This charming fellow was charged for these horrendous offences after the videos were discovered during a domestic violence investigation, he has also been charged with domestic violence related charges. But hey, he’s just a battler welfare recipient from a bikie gang right?

Then there was Greyhound Racing NSW itself. Senior officials involved in live baiting, one employee involved in a betting scam, a cover-up of illegal drugging of animals, and the concealing of criminal behaviour. There is an industry governing body to be proud of.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article regarding the recent Baird govt funding for the NSW RSPCA to run expensive advertisements about the crackdown on puppy factories in NSW that is not happening and shows no sign of occurring under this govt. I explored the possibility of Baird trying to use this to soften the blow of a backflip on greyhounds. The timing seemed to suggest that possibility.

We will likely never know if this was the motive behind the advertising campaign as it has been a complete and utter failure that has fooled nobody. Anybody interested in animal welfare issues knows the government has done more to protect puppy factories than it has to close them.

Mike Baird was in fact absolutely right when he announced the greyhound racing ban. Where he is wrong however, is if he thinks he can spin his way into making the public believe he is in control of any decisions. He seems to be running government in the same way Malcolm Turnbull is running it, from the passenger seat.

The electorate deserves a driver.

5 thoughts on “Passenger – Greyhound backflip highlights who’s running NSW

  1. Yep its 2GB and the Telegraph running NSW sad but true and unfortunately Alan Jones and his ilk are kingmakers.Lots of deluded folk listen to them

  2. Any respect for Baird and his decision to ban has gone.
    Unfortunately they won’t find a driver in Foley either.

    I despair at the choice we have.

    2 thoroughly gutless and morally void “leaders” to choose from.

  3. Do we ban every industry and sport that has cruel or corrupt individuals in it??? We should ban AFL cos Essendon gave the players drugs and so many footballers get injured and some clubs cheat on the salary cap. Some players bash their girlfriends. Some get drunk. Same for NRL. Do we ban the farming industry cos some farmers are cruel or bad? No you can’t punish everyone cos of a few bad eggs.? NO, so why single out greyhound racing?. Why punish everyone for the sins of a minority???Have we banned the political parties cos of their many bad members??

  4. If it were a few bad eggs Terry you’d be correct, the problem is systemic and runs right from the industry body’s board of directors down to the trainers and owners

  5. The industry had a lot of warnings and would not fix itself. Funny thing Hadley and co were so called champions of the so called little greyhound trainers and the possibility of losing their incomes while at the same time badmouthing those on the DSP calling them bludgers and hoe good it was that they had to go onto new start

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