Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Ky... Oh no

Still pretending that Mamdouh Habib is not happening, John Howard, current Australian prime minister, chooses to talk about the Kyoto protocol instead...

"it is next to useless" - John Howard.

In an un-remarkable piece of double-speak Howard also refers to the Kyoto Environmental Treaty as the "Kyoto Regime".

An opportunity to change the world, join 141 other countries on an environmental quest in the wake of natural climatic disaster - and Howard turns his nose up. A historical window opens - and Howard closes the curtains to stop his furniture from fading.


Excuse me Mr.
-Ben Harper

excuse me Mr.
do you have the time
or are you so important
that it stands still

excuse me Mr.
won't you lend me your ear
or are you not only blind
but do you not hear

excuse me Mr.
but isn't that your oil in the sea
and the pollution in the air Mr.
whose could that be

so excuse me Mr.
but i, i'm a misster too
and you're givin' Mr. a bad name
Mr. like you

so i'm taking the Mr.
from out in front of your name
cause it's a Mr. like you
that puts the rest of us to shame
it's a Mr. like you
that puts the rest of us to shame

and i have seen enough to know
that i have seen too much

excuse me Mr.
can't you see the children dying
you say that you can't help them
Mr. you're not even trying

excuse me Mr.
just take a look around
Mr. just look up
and you will see it comin' down

excuse me Mr.
but i'm a misster too
and you're givin' Mr. a bad name
Mr. like you

so i'm taking the Mr.
from out in front of your name
cause it's a Mr. like you
who puts the rest of us to shame
it's a Mr. like you
that puts the rest of us to shame

and i've seen enough
i have seen enough to know
that i have seen too much
i've seen enough, i have

see cause Mr. when you're rattling
on heaven's gate
let me tell you Mr.
by then it is too late

cause Mr. when you get there
they don't ask how much you saved
all they'll want to know, Mr.
is what you gave

excuse me Mr.
but i'm a misster too
and you're givin' Mr. a bad name
Mr. like you

so i'm taking the Mr.
from out in front of your name
cause it's a Mr. Mister like you
that puts the rest of us to shame
it's a Mr. like you
that puts the rest of us to shame

And when Howard does finally open his mouth about human rights, will he support Mamdouh Habib? No, because Howard is the spotless sort of little man who prefers to have his shoes shined. By someone else, preferably kneeling. It makes him feel taller that way.

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