July 26, 2003


Read the newspapers, Phillip. You might learn something. In a column mocking Australia’s “influence on American life”, Adams writes:

Every day, on my way to the theatre, I pass the General Motors headquarters in Fifth Avenue. There’s another Australian company doing really well here but, for some reason, you can’t buy a Holden.

He’s wrong. The rest of the column is unremarkable, except for Phillip’s 1,000,000th mention of “reversed baseball caps”.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 26, 2003 04:50 PM

I may be wrong, but I was under the impression that GM was a US company that had bought out Holden Australia. So it would not be an 'Australian Company' anyway would it?

Posted by: Glenn at July 26, 2003 at 05:10 PM

Wow, and I thought opinion columns in the US (on both sides) had reached the theoretical limit of retardation. I guess not!

Posted by: Dylan at July 26, 2003 at 05:20 PM

Well, the Holden you *can* buy is called a "Pontiac", but make no mistake, we are on the fast track to idiocy here. Thanks Phil!

Posted by: Buddy Ebsen at July 26, 2003 at 05:29 PM

Ha Ha! Phil's a goose.

Parramatta Road is probably one of the few parts of Sydney Phil is actually familiar with, as it takes him form his multi-million dollar home in the Caffe Latte district to his country estate.

Anyway, they use the "Australian ballot" don't they?

Posted by: Angus Young's Gibson SG at July 26, 2003 at 05:40 PM

They have Phillip Adams in the States but they call him Michael Moore.

Posted by: Gilly at July 26, 2003 at 05:54 PM

Go on, Tim, you can tell us: has Phillip Adams been blackmailing Rupert Murdoch (a genuine example of Australia influencing America) for the last 35 years? I can't think of any other explanation for Phil continuing to have a column in the Australian.

Posted by: David Morgan at July 26, 2003 at 06:13 PM

Is there anyone in the world who actually takes any notice of Phillip Adams

Posted by: Des at July 26, 2003 at 11:44 PM

We are.

Posted by: Gabor at July 27, 2003 at 01:05 AM

Phat Boy is right! Why should we have similarities with a free, western democracy, when there are much better examples to follow, such as Chad, Paraguay, and Syria!
Death to the infidel Great Satan! By the Beard of the Prophet, this adopting Islam is a hoot.

Posted by: Habib Bickford at July 27, 2003 at 12:08 PM

A tiny detail - General Motors headquarters is in DETROIT, not New York! Detroit doesn't have a "Fifth Avenue."

Posted by: Arden at July 28, 2003 at 03:03 AM

Arden is correct:

“General Motors, of course, does not have its corporate headquarters here but in Detroit and for many years it occupied a building named after it on West 57th Street.”

Posted by: tim at July 28, 2003 at 10:36 AM

Philip Adams as Michael Moore: can't imagine Adams stumping around Australia interviewing people as Michael Moore does in North America.

Phil can put his own spin on things without talking to anybody. Saves time.

Posted by: ilibcc at July 28, 2003 at 11:39 AM

Didn't NSW Premier Bob Carr share PA's hatred of backturned baseball caps? A few years ago, he proposed legislating against the wearing thereof, so Left delegates turned up at NSW ALP state conference wearing the caps. Don't tell me PA actually agrees with that tough-on-crime Labor rat Carr?!!!

Posted by: Uncle Milk at July 28, 2003 at 02:30 PM

Phucked-up Phil is wrong yet again.

Posted by: Rob (No.1) at July 28, 2003 at 04:40 PM