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Whither the Left: Part 1

March 2, 2014 - 17:30 -- Admin

A History Lesson: the revolutionary period My politics was moulded in the late 1960s, a great time in my view for the Left. The ’60s (into the ’70s) was dominated by revolutionary and liberation movements around the world — an era when Africa was completing its decolonisation. For want of a better phrase, I was an ‘armchair revolutionary’, although I was active in sit-ins and demonstrations.

Green parasols

February 23, 2014 - 19:30 -- Admin

'You have come down here to see an election - eh? Spirited contest, my dear sir, very much so indeed. We have opened all the public-houses in the place. It has left our opponent nothing but the beer-shops — masterly policy, my dear sir, eh?' The little man smiled complacently, and took a large pinch of snuff. 'And what is the likely result of the contest?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. 'Why, doubtful, my dear sir, rather doubtful as yet,' replied the little man.

The thought thief

February 16, 2014 - 19:30 -- Admin

Two events occurred in January that have alarming parallels. The Book Thief was released in cinemas across the country and Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced yet another review of the school curriculum. The movie is based on the book by Australian author Markus Zusak. A synopsis of the story is here.

Do you not remember the Twentieth Century?

February 9, 2014 - 18:30 -- Admin

Dear Mr Abbott, You promised to take us back to the halcyon days of your Liberal Prime Ministerial predecessor John Howard and, like him, hoped to put sport rather than politics back on the front pages. I fear, however, your time machine has overshot the mark and we are heading rapidly towards the 1800s. Do you not remember the Twentieth Century? First: On 15 September 2013 you proudly announced your new Cabinet — with one woman!

Who killed Cock Robin?

February 2, 2014 - 18:30 -- Admin

I read that opening stanza of the old rhyme as a metaphor of the continued and repeatedly frustrated human progress toward social advancement. It is the most disappointing certainty that as soon as the human collective gets its act together and starts to achieve really useful advances in all things supportive and advantageous to the promotion of the human condition, along come those who set it all back a generation or two, or worse.

So that was … 2013

January 1, 2014 - 18:30 -- Admin

Welcome to 2014! And we welcome you to your next ‘open thread’, which will run until the 2nd February, when our conversation starters, and Casablanca’s Cache, will return. It seems to be traditional at this time of the year to reflect on what has been, and to look forward to what is to happen. To be fair, 2013 wasn’t the greatest of years. They say the only constant is change.

The myth of political sameness

December 8, 2013 - 18:30 -- Admin

Cock your ear at your local watering hole, listen to the boys as they clasp a frosted schooner of VB, and you’re bound to hear: ‘They’re all the same these pollies. Ya just can’t trust em’. Of course they are right to some extent. The deception and deviousness we see day after day from our politicians has earned them that condemnation.

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