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Following the election, Malcolm met with his most trusted advisers at his villa by the lake. They asked him whether his mantra of jobs and growth and jobs and growth and jobs and growth and jobs and growth and jobs and growth and jobs and growth actually worked.
Malcolm knew that his advisers’ faith in him was weakening. He stood up and without fear told them ‘a dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.’
One adviser, emboldened by Malcolm’s strength in the face of adversity asked Malcolm, ‘you are a good talker — one of the best! But in repeating your mantra, did you actually create jobs and growth? Are you a good man?’
Malcolm welcomed the question, saying ‘I am such a good man, I created between twelve and fifteen jobs for my enemies in the lower house. I created growth in the numbers of enemy senators.’
With these words, the advisers truly understood the limitless depth of Malcolm’s compassion, their faith in him restored.