Radio broadcaster Alan Jones has a remarkable capacity for inconsistency, perhaps it is a definition of genius to be able to hold two contradictory beliefs without feeling any tension or discomfort. But it makes for weird radio. This morning at the start of his program, which was noticeably light on for advertisers, he spent many minutes praising NSW Barry O'Farrell for proposing to spend many billions of dollars building more cross-city carparks (sorry expressways) without hardly a pause for breath he then launched into a tirade against the federal government for its supposedly wanton spending habits.
So Jones believes that huge spending by the NSW Government will 'get the state moving again' while similiar spending at a federal level risks plunging the country into a terrible crisis, NSW debt is good, federal debt is irresponsible. If Jones was a little more sophisticated you might think he was holding to the views of Paul Krugman and Niall Ferguson simultaneously without noticing any disagreements.
You couldn't help thinking that Jones' praise for the NSW Government, Barry the builder indeed, might spring from a desire to keep whatever friends he might still have.