July 02, 2003


This week’s Continuing Crisis column for The Bulletin mentions John Howard, Michael Jeffery, Michael Stillwell, the Queen, Adam Gilchrist, Sir Donald Bradman, Alison Broinowski, Peter Ellingsen, Imam Samudra, Jake Ryan, Helen Caldicott, Lleyton Hewitt, Noel Casey, Peter McEvoy, someone employed at the Sydney Morning Herald, Orwell, Michael Moore, Margaret Pomeranz, niggers in the woodpile, towelheads in the TAB, homos in the primary school, slopes in the driveway, and retards in the swimming pool.

All in context, obviously.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 2, 2003 03:33 AM

I can presume, relative to drinking Aussies in Bali "asking for it," that the woman in question will also note that women who dress provocatively (like, say, showing an ankle, their hair, or their face other than their eyes) are asking to be raped, and should expect it? (Or maybe they should just expect a beating by religious enforcers?)
Much as the Japanese at the end of WWII were asking for it and should have expected to be nuclear bombed? (Or maybe some worthy current tyrannies are asking for it and should expect to be invaded and/or nuclear bombed?)
Or people who work hard to earn money and buy nice things should expect to be assaulted and/or burglarized?
The list of "expected" things could get quite long, couldn't it?

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at July 2, 2003 at 06:28 AM

Just out of interest Tim why do you dislike Lleyton Hewitt so much?

Posted by: Wookie at July 2, 2003 at 07:20 AM

"The list of expected things could get quite long, couldn't it?"

Absolutely. In fact a local Moral Arbiter Philip Adams said not so long ago that it was fine for good working-class government-school boys to beat up private school "toffs". Almost their duty. It should be noted here that this has happened on occasion (though they choose their quarry carefully, focusing on the smaller ones and avoiding the rugby players and such), so he was not starting a trend, merely encouraging its perpetuation.

So perhaps the message is that violence is bad unless you're 1. not American and 2. kinda jealous of the prospective victim.

Posted by: The at July 2, 2003 at 08:19 AM

There's nothing wrong with Lleyton that a good thrashing would't fix.

Posted by: Fred at July 2, 2003 at 09:38 AM

When Kennett and Stockdale made soem headway in slimming the obese dept.of Educashon, one of the schools closed was Richmond `commuunity' high school `everything , these days, seems to be a tribute to soviet communnes, including `church community' - erk, blagch). The inmates of that precious school, it was well known in Melbourne, took their early morning, during class-time, morning break, lunch-time, mid-afternoon and late afternoon exercises by riding trains and bashing pupils of independent schools then robbing them.

It was predictable because the victims of those soviet thugs were guilty of was attending good non-soviet schools. I witnessed such a thug attempting goading to young gentlemen inorder to find what Brionowski must rate as an excellent reason of pummeling the young gents to a pulp. I stayed close by ready to lend a hand to do to the soviet thugs what they were clearly threatening to the young chaps.

It was consistent of the louses they engaged in violence as an effort to stop the closure of the school.
One recommendation is, after having closed the school, the inmates, inclusive of teachers and the parents of the verminous rats, should have been thrown into prison for a life-long stretch, to drive home to the fuckers they are just that.

Posted by: d at July 2, 2003 at 10:57 AM

Lleyton Hewitt should be forced to move to Bermuda.

Posted by: bailz at July 2, 2003 at 11:19 AM

Hey D, must be getting close to the 10th anniversary of the Richmond school closure.Wonder what a reunion would throw up? Probably a lot of throw up.

Posted by: slatts at July 2, 2003 at 11:53 AM

Lleyton Hewitt should be forced to return to Adelaide - and reside in the Florey state electorate.

Posted by: Geoff Honnor at July 2, 2003 at 11:56 AM

Well if that column doesn't upset the usual suspects Tim, you never will...

Posted by: Scott Wickstein at July 2, 2003 at 02:05 PM


what a good reason for suscribing to the Bulletin.This is an antidote to the holier than thou social engineering over at the SMH.

Posted by: nic at July 2, 2003 at 02:53 PM

Hello Slatts; what agood suggestion but needs an extra attraction like:

throwing in an end of party spectacular, pummeling each other into the playground bitumen, with no police around to stop their mutual demonstration of community bonding and love.The obstacle, to this, is, they're probably all in prison and can't get permission to attend.Oh well, perhaps their fellow inmates can oblige them on the spectacular.

Posted by: d at July 2, 2003 at 03:36 PM

I recall some really effective pressure point holds being applied to some of the demonstrators back then, and then they had the temerity (right word?) to complain that the Coppers shouldn't use that kind of force. "Get out of the kitchen if you can't handle the heat" sprang to mind.

And as for Hewitt, I am happy that he is able to be World Number One, but it is good to see him taken down a peg ot two occasionally. And when is he going to dump the Belgian broad and go after his name-sake Love-Hewitt? That would be worth watching!

Posted by: Razor at July 2, 2003 at 03:43 PM

what about the nice folks at oxford: http://www.iht.com/articles/101385.html

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at July 3, 2003 at 02:38 AM

In regards to the July 2 comment by jorgxmckie@netscape.net , it should be noted that Ms Broinowski never said, as you argue, that the Australian people in Bali were 'asking for it' but rather she argued 'I don't say the tourists deserved their fate but, with hindsight, what happened to them is predictable'. At no time did Ms Broinowski say they deserved it but rather argues the somewhat irrifutable statement that is was a prime target for a terrorist attack. Being a former student of Ms Broinowski, I cannot imagine her ever saying that they deserved it.

As an Indonesian specialist myself, I see that a club that only lets foreign people excluding Indonesian citizens is a prime target for an attack. Your argument bounds into the realm of ludocracy and is certainly arreviste in character.

Posted by: Hamish Hansford at July 5, 2003 at 06:40 PM