July 16, 2003


Gerard Henderson on Monbiot, multilateralism, and the mass debate in Adelaide:

George Monbiot - who has been described "as the champion of Britain's left" - is in Australia hawking his latest book, The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order. The Guardian columnist has just completed a gig at the Adelaide Festival of Ideas where his strident anti-Americanism is sure to have gone down a treat.

The Adelaide Festival of Ideas seems to have taken over the ground once occupied by the ABC as a luvvies' collective where everyone (or almost everyone) agrees with everyone else. Segments from the 2003 event will soon be played on Phillip Adams's ABC Radio National LNL program (sometimes called "Late Night Luvvies"). So there will be an opportunity to hear direct from the Monbiot manifesto, or parts thereof.


Posted by Tim Blair at July 16, 2003 11:22 PM

Gawd! I live in Adelaide and I am embarrassed. Could I have a subsidy please by way of compensation?

Posted by: Tone at July 16, 2003 at 11:44 PM

No subsidies, please, we're right-wingers.

Posted by: Gabor at July 17, 2003 at 12:48 AM

Urr.. huh huh... he said "mass debate".

Posted by: Gareth at July 17, 2003 at 03:22 AM

Hey, I needed an m-word for the crap Adamesque alliteration I was aiming for ...

Posted by: tim at July 17, 2003 at 04:05 AM

Hooray for Tim! Death to alliteration, the corniest "poetic" effect there is!

Posted by: Mark at July 17, 2003 at 10:18 AM

I sense a big nausea coming on.

Posted by: Gary Sauer-Thompson at July 17, 2003 at 12:32 PM

Taxpayers should be demanding a roayal commission on: the clean-up bill : all that mutual buggering and shatting -no good asking the greenies to look into it - they bog all over the place too.

Posted by: d at July 17, 2003 at 12:37 PM

Yes, I second the call for a roayal commission. But could we make it a cheap one please? Perhaps we could get find some inexpensive loayars.

Posted by: Mark at July 17, 2003 at 03:29 PM

"get find", bugger. But at least I'm not a loayar.

Posted by: Mark at July 17, 2003 at 03:31 PM

"loayars" - typo

"Perhaps we could get find some" - person criticising typo

At least I from Adelaide not am.

Lighten up, Koala boy.

Posted by: The at July 17, 2003 at 06:29 PM

`Roayal' - it has worked - no ty-po this one: the commission will be payed rayals or bugger all and do a duty, stiff the buggerers or, better still, stuff 'em up a monbyiota.

Posted by: d at July 18, 2003 at 01:00 PM

Did anyone else listen to LNL when they had the opening of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas on it this week? Phillip Adams and friends doing what they enjoy viz never before have I heard so many people violently agree with each other for so long.

Incidentally, I am a "loayar" but please don't hold it against me; some of us really are righties.

Posted by: Evil Right-Wing Bastard at July 18, 2003 at 09:28 PM