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Keeping the bastards honest

October 5, 2021 - 08:38 -- Admin

The catch-phrase ‘keeping the bastards honest’ originally came from disaffected former Liberal member of Parliament, Don Chipp, who created the Australian Democrats in 1977, which he led as a senator from 1978 until he retired from parliament in 19861.

Denial of reality

September 29, 2021 - 11:01 -- Admin

After Scott Morrison’s decade late realisation that appearing to do something on greenhouse gas emissions may be electorally useful, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg gave a speech pushing the case to finalise a plan1. After 8 years in government, over forty years of warnings, and over thirty years of IPCC reports2considering finalising a plan is as far as the government have managed to get.

Colorectal stenographers

September 26, 2021 - 09:42 -- Admin

Some of the most enjoyable occasional reads, although mostly about UK politics, are those by Marina Hyde, who writes for the Guardian. Her latest effort is superb; it is entitled ‘If only the UK could panic-buy prime ministers who know what they’re doing’. It made me laugh out loud a few times.

Natural selection against the stupid

September 25, 2021 - 08:57 -- Admin

Early in September, I wrote a piece with the rather obscure title ‘Antivaxxers don’t do irony’, Its main thesis was that antivaxxers do not seem to understand that the governments they support, which are invariably right-wing, will be the governments who are less concerned with the human cost of Covid-19 and more concerned with the monetary cost, especially among their donors1, and that this will likely lead to more deaths among the antivaxxers and other unvaccinated people.