Hilde, can you send a letter to The Emperor? He’s not happy at the moment
Dear Papa, oh too patronising. Cloying even. Um… Dear Your Lordship, it has come to my attention that you are not happy with the recent subs decision. It might be a bit late to play that card but I do understand. Rachel Carson has a little on her plate at the moment but if you can wait I am sure we can attack some small matters like what happened to Eleanor, why Albo is leader and that dickhead ephemera called a voice to parliament. What did I miss? Sounds like washing up detergent. Don’t be mad. The wanton bagpipe yodel cast a spell. I think. Love Ag.
Slides a letter onto a silver platter
She paces the room
What did he say?
I’d rather not repeat it.
Rips open letter
‘Fuck off. ‘ Oh. Seriously. He really is mad. I hate it when he gets like this. He is verbally obtuse.
Is that what you call it?
Thrusts another letter into her hands.
What does it say?
‘I think that is very unkind. You are an overgrown Asiatic hog that needs to remember I have never been to a Chinese banquet.’
What does that mean?
I am not sure but it sounds impressive. He is very difficult. Go.
Hilde returns. She rips open letter.
‘Princess, let me know when you might feel it necessary to fight for the issues you opine on so easily. I’ll be here with a little texta to show you the causal link between footwork and policy. You are not shy. Get going bugalugs. At this rate the only thing we’ll be filming is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. As I said, take a leap into asinine mediocrity. You belong there.’
So loving. Really. He loves to rail me the bastard. There is no degree of separation. You could almost swear we shared bog Irish lots.
Hilde, quickly send this back.
‘Listen, Emperor, I don’t have time to hear you slag me off, what is the next legislative necessity we need to chat. Unless you’d prefer to watch people take coal from the ground and then 20 years later complain. What happened? Miss two decades? That’s unlike you Edward Scissorhands. Drop the proclamation of innocence. Any pictures of you feasting near the povo’s in China? Mention Ang at all? Love Ag.
Do you two think it might be quicker just to pick up a telephone? FaceTime? We have that now.
No. I don’t want him anything less than glorious. Don’t ask me to explain.
Rips open letter
‘I do not have time to detail my exhaustive travels through Asia and meeting with a range of people from all walks of life.’ Groans. He sounds like a readers digest article. ‘If you care to find out please do anything anything at this stage to advance a sophisticated agenda beyond a hackneyed white Australia policy that sees you pawing at Jervis Bay like it constitutes a country or your latest rent boy conquest.’
Seriously Hilde, I should have moved down South years ago. If I’d known it would produce this reaction. He clearly has never been on a JetSki.
‘As for Ang, and the issue of Tibet, there are ways of going about things that produce results long term for the benefit of the whole region.’
Oh he has taken a liking for red tape. Bull and shit Hilde. Really. He the creative maestro. I see how the creative nation was born! Right here! In this letter!
Blah blah blah ‘and it would seem to me you have not given enough thought to the ramifications of a dated foreign policy predicated on an old Western footprint. Perhaps you’d like a Pimms at Raffles.’
Well. He’s in a good mood. I’ll read it if I can’t get to sleep tonight.
Send this Hilde,
Seen a map lately? Got any idea how it will work? What is your view on Hong Kong? Know what your glorious besties are saying in ASEAN or should I bug the joint? How do you propose you deal with the reality that has people doing exercises in every sea known to man? What about freedoms in Laos? Any inside information or should I bless your ring to find the hell out? We all have jobs to do. Thanks for the tips. It is a little more complicated than that. As you know. Speaking of swathes of barely concealed chiffon. I need facts.’
Maybe I’ll call the child Inver. Writes her name in imaginary script. Or OBAN.
Rips open letter
You don’t seriously believe that bullshit do you?
Well that was brief. Brevity is not lost on me Hil. There is merit to it. Especially with the exotic flourish of Australian.. whatever… anyway send this.
‘You have us locked up and you want her free. Please explain. Also, please feel free to detail Malaysia and Brunei’s position. It intrigues me. What do you want us to do with the energy claims and why didn’t you organise a tribunal to solve all of this for us? I need details. ps: rent boy! You couldn’t win a rigged dog paddle flag race in a triangular hot tub with wing keeled floaties.
Now. Oh Hilde please?
Phone rings. His lordship.
Wing keeled floaties!!! I’ll have you know that once upon a time when I was prowling Bankstown like a lupine slick cheetah
Snoring noise oh do go on, howls like a dog
I am under no obligation to tell you anything that
Then I don’t have to tell you anything. Who dobbed me in the other day whilst claiming Chinese surveillance was bad? Of all the good for nothing
I don’t know! Who cares! Get going!
Then I don’t have to tell you anything!
Good! I have noticed Australians have a real fondness for female politicians you can really tell.
Something in the water!
He howls like a dog. Oh no save me! Quick I need the blue stocking brigade to buttress me into political greatness
And the timing!
Now don’t overreact to Gladys being caught out
Really! Australian love of female bush rangers and politicians really tells you something. I mean really
Love corruption do you? Never could guess! I mean, which side of your personality is that shade? Magenta? Maybe you and Pru could sit down at a Liberal Party scone meeting
Maybe I’ll turn into Gra Gra and bag some cash. You can look the other way while I do a few things of national importance. Nothing going on at the moment. Nothing. Not that you’d know!
Anything you want you can have
Good! I’ll have a federal seat. A State seat and a two term female PM. Thanks!
Doesn’t have to be me. Just someone that represents the new politics! A real live young person. Like, authentic and stuff! Like Charlotte Gainsbourg. You know? Wild concept.
Go for it. Go for it! Why would I
Good. I want a superpac too.
Got it off your chest?
And I’m not driving a political Chrysler either from the back seat. The back seat!
Your choice! Your choice!
You want to talk about ground up? Then tell me why I am still on the ground while a bunch of blokes are watching war games and flying between countries. Because that isn’t ground up baby. That’s a B21 that they won’t let me near. And don’t you ever talk to me about Kei
Here we go
There is no fear of abandonment from a woman who is told she is a dero! There is disgust at the people in comfortable high positions laughing with rouge made up faces about the fact they are not in her predicament!
Oh possum. Diddums. That’s all today? Really I am surprised. Has Hilde taken down all the notes?
And BTW. Facts. Not one female American President! Just a fact.
And what? Should we all walk around and
And if I hear one Australian female complain about discrimination while doing another woman in, I’ll put a camera on them for the next 20 years. 20 years!
Anyone you want to thank for looking after you, attending to your every need, lovingly taking you by the hand, creating miraculous gum leaf opportunities or shall we just leave this at the wounds of Carmen Lawrence still searing a little breastplate to hang above the mantle while single handedly reinventing Australian politics? Because it is so you. Today.
What’s wrong with me? I’m brilliant! I’m determined! I’m… I forget but yes. Alright. Yes. Thankyou. I think….
Say ‘Thankyou darlings I love you’. I want to hear it. I can’t hear it. Careful, We Can’t Hear You. It is the wind whispering. It is the trees singing. It is little fire sticks rubbing together like little street urchins lighting lamps! It is your new boyf
Don’t go there. It’s off limits. I said Thankyou ! Thankyou oh thannnnnkyou gods of
Darling we all do it! You just have to relax and think of a
I’m dreaming of a
Oh I can’t believe you wouldn’t be there amongst it! You’d be such an asset.
A real live strategic asset. That’s you.
What are we going to do, Ruby Roo?
They laugh and sigh
Find another bloody female Premier!
Well if you like snorkels that much
You can’t imagine
I can. Darling, I really can. Sighs What do you think about it all really?
There is silence.
I thought so. Don’t worry. We’ll work a way around it.
Strangely quiet is my girl on the topics she loves the most.
Poetry in motion. Pure Irish poetry in motion.
Kath get out now! It’s not funny!
If you want your King and Queen back you’ll have to catch me! I’m all ice. You’ll have to lick me to death. It’s Frozen. Are you the bad prince Kel or Kristoff?
Kath! This isn’t the time! I need the pieces back on the board game. Get out of the cool room. Now.
Kim walks in
What’s she doing Kel?
She’s bloody taken all the chess pieces off the board and hiding in there.
I’m the adorable snow woman Kim! He has to lick me to get the pieces back.
This isn’t the time Kath! This isn’t a game!
Yes it is Kim! It’s chess. I’ve changed the rules to spice up Kel’s life. If he can find the King and Queen, he wins.
But you’re locked in a cool room!
That’s right! I’m making it interesting. Oh shit, there’s some off cheese in here.
You’re going to get in big trouble if you don’t start taking life seriously Kath!
I am! Kel needs some more incentivsing. And this is the beginning of the big plans.
I don’t think locking yourself in a cool room is the way forward Kath.
Nobody asked you Kim. It is a very technical appreciation of some complex science.
A cool room?
Yes. I can’t tell you how, but after Kel has his way and melted me for a few pawns, I’ll let you in on the secret.
I don’t think we have time to waste, Kath.
Yes Kath. Time is of the essence.
Kel, blindfold yourself with a sock. It will make it more interesting.
Oh look Kath. We’re really busy. I haven’t got time for puppetry of the pleasure trove.
steps out of cool room. Chess pieces sticking from her ice castle.
Kel, if you don’t lick me all over, I swear I’ll take those F35’s and give them to the poor people. Do you know what the health budget was last year? And there are some countries that really need Covid help! Seriously. It’s not cammo Christmas everyday you know!
Kath, I don’t think you should talk about stuff you don’t know about. Especially looking like a Smurf slurpee.
I saw those twitter feeds and I know stuff Kel. It is my responsibility to take charge. All I am asking is for a bit of down time where we can connect!
Connect Four Kath! Now is not the time!
You left your run a bit late to tell me what is going on! I was twenty years ahead Kel! You can take your lectures and shove it. As far as I can see, I’m just your soccer ball. That’s not a ball I want to go to I am afraid! This slurpee is going to find someone who actually wants to lick me until the cup is all wet and bendy sort of like
Kath! Wake up and smell the oranges! This is a country doing great things! You can’t be half dressed with icicle nipples! It is just not on!
Girt by sea Kel! Girt by sea. And this is water. And by some incredible process it becomes ice. Scientific fact. All working together. A national effort. You need to spend more time with King Neptune.
Kath, if you don’t pull yourself together, I’m going to revise the ugg boot purchase. That’s a fact.
Threats, idle threats. That’s all I seem to get from you Kel. Well things are going to have to change. The Penguin dick sticklers I had on order are going to someone else.
I don’t know. But when I think of them, you’ll be the last person to be reading my mind. And that is a fact.
KH in room with assistants
Has everyone got their hem up right? I mean pulls out tape measure oh I am not sure that will do. I am sure he will want it up another ten millimetres. Gosh Scout, yes, not at all what we need. Another ten mm for you.
Hil, are you showing too much flesh? I hope you are not trying to be funny, Hil. Here at democracy central we are Serious and Together Involved in Important Pursuits and down time will not be accepted unless of course it involves a new battleship or two. But you know, cavorting on the world stage is Just Not Done.
golden head around corner
Oh Dex! Fancy you being here. I was just wording up the gels on your fascinating views on how we should behave. We’ve just been beside ourselves waiting for your grand entrance and now that you are here quick girls, have you got the tribute? Bows low at his feet sweet Buddhist utterings blah blah blah of a Buddhist kind, but as you know, religion is bad unless you are in Tibet. Or Western China, isn’t that right Dex? Although we do only like people that are scientific. So that is strange. And Biden is a Catholic. I’m confused, are you confused girls? Very confusing Dex. Science is very interesting. Just like you.
Well I’m not sure
Oh sit down Dex! Are you weary from all those real estate investment pursuits? Bruise a finger with the share allocations? Quick Hill, bring some ice. Dex is going to regale us with his Favourite Female Australian Prime Minister before letting us in on a few movements around the joint. Bring me a bowl so I can wipe his lovely little forehead and catch the drippings before I give it to the dogs. They’ll think it is a heavenly anointment from their leader who has organised the Whole World with such precision. Quick Hil no time to waste!!!! I mean, big things are going on Dex, aren’t there, and who better to lead it than you?
smiles at him, while saturating him with water
Oh Dex! I hope you don’t feel uncomfortable. Remember, it is just a little water! That’s what they keep telling me. So loving, don’t you think? A real participatory democracy, that’s us! Everyone gets to bag one person out! Full of real compassion and leadership. Gosh Dex, did you think of it? Because you think of everything and you are so clever.
I’m not sure what I could have done to deserve such
Oh darling, don’t speak. I don’t want you to get the idea that we want you to contribute to society via a meaningful exchange. I want you to exist as a symbol! As a leading light! Forget human touch though. And well, love, yes that too. That’s for us Dex. You have to be alone! You have been chosen! To be alone. Not sure what for but anyway, that’s how humans operate. Oh and if you know, you want a little quickie, we’ll do you while you sleep. It’s the way forward! Isn’t that what the Scots say Hil? And they also know everything. Apparently. You just lie back there and let me handle everything. We love you! We just can’t touch you, a bit like the lepers of India. Maybe you’ve introduced a caste system here. One never can tell.
Do I get to
No darling, no. I know everything you think and do which is marvellous, because I then get to put you in invidious positions that humiliate you and when you get upset, accuse you of weakness. You’ll love this, do you think Amnesty has this is in one of their brochures for 3rd World Travel? Because I think we do something glossy, and then discuss the South China Sea imbroglio. Do they have that in the military commando shots coming out of QLD because I guess you could actually open a can of worms on this and then wait oh no Dex, bad timing. Really bad timing. Probably not a good idea. We wouldn’t want that. wipes sweat from brow. Darling you have been preserved so well. How did you do it? I was thinking, what about a little granite carving in Lane Cove? Sort of like a Grotto. What about Balmoral? Too waspy for you. You are all edge and dangerous precision. Let’s see. sighs. Lithgow? I’ve got it. How about we do a twin rock formation jutting out from Jervis Bay! Oh Dex. That might upset my Captain and I know you don’t like idle gossip. Or girls who cavort on pontoons. Might embarrass you! Satire can be soooooo unseemly, don’t you think? Oh Dex, that would never do.
I just thought
No! I have the policy here, ready just for you. Lead is my middle name, and lead I will, just for you! If you are going to lead, you have no time for idle pursuits like satire! Good god no! Just good old fashioned behaviour according to what Dex sees as appropriate, and darling here I am to fulfil your every wish and desire. whispers Quick question Dex, you might actually have to tell me something or god forbid, talk to me about you know, the thing, because I’m not that good at charades and years of university didn’t train me for obtuse directions about something so significant. You catch my drift Dex? Gosh you look lovely. A real delight. I mean Hil, look at this man! Together, we’re going to take on the world. Me behind, and he out in front, parting the Red Sea. Or Blue Green Water Navy. Whatever. sighs.
A real team.