July 31, 2003


Last nightís speech went surprisingly well. About 100 or so people turned up, which is about the same as Quadrant drew for speeches from Theodore Dalrymple and Daniel Pipes. A full house, in other words. Much thanks to Peter Kelly for inviting me, and Miranda Devine for introducing my talk.

Greg Hywood covers a few points I made about the ABC in this opinion piece in todayís SMH, except without the bitterness and the juvenile slurs. Meanwhile Mark Day says stop with all the ABC-bashing, already. Hey -- weíre only getting warmed up!

Posted by Tim Blair at July 31, 2003 12:19 PM

So can we get a copy of the speech Tim? Or do we have to go to crikey to read it? I would really prefer to not have to make any hits on Mayne's idiot sheet, just on priciple.

Posted by: Todd at July 31, 2003 at 01:07 PM

C'mon Timothy, post your speech.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at July 31, 2003 at 01:38 PM

I second that... post your speech, Tim, before the right-wing death beasts turn on you!

Posted by: TimT at July 31, 2003 at 02:38 PM

It's too long! 3000 words. Maybe I'll throw an edited version together later.

Posted by: tim at July 31, 2003 at 03:11 PM

Can't you provide, like, a link?

Posted by: fixed at July 31, 2003 at 03:28 PM

Does Quadrant have a site and if so, tell the dopey bludgers to put it up there.

Posted by: Todd at July 31, 2003 at 03:43 PM

whoa, Miranda Devine? How do you know her?

Posted by: LD at July 31, 2003 at 04:01 PM

Website? They don't even have a computer judging by their print standard.

And what's with the diagonal purple and white stripe cover on the latest edition?

The only 'intellectual' magazine in the nation and it's designed like a chemical hazard sign.

Posted by: reader at July 31, 2003 at 04:17 PM

And I second that, too... Paddy M. is a good editor, in that he's got some great contributions for the magazine, and the standard of his editorial is always high, but the design of the magazine! Sheesh! I nearly vomited when I got my first copy of Quadrant for the year! I don't know how Paddy came to think that it was even remotely attractive and enticing...
On the subject of a website, nope, I don't think they have one yet. About a year or so ago, Paddy included a note in the magazine saying they were 'slowly' putting up a website... a year later, and it's still not up. Dunno why. I mean, all they have to do is click on 'save as web-page' in Microsoft Word and they've got themselves one.
I say give them shit until they put up a website.

Posted by: TimT at July 31, 2003 at 04:32 PM

If News Weekly (www.newsweekly.com.au) can manage to have a website, Quadrant should be able to.

Posted by: bob at July 31, 2003 at 04:51 PM

There can never be too much ABC bashing. If the ABC were a public company like BHP, the shareholders would have a perfect right to give them hell because of their poor corporate performance and nobody in the media would blink an eyelid; so what makes the ABC (and some media commentators)think that as a public sector institution they should be immune from critisicm from the taxpayers who foot the bill?

My beef with the ABC is not so much with its left-wing culture, irritating though that is, but with the total intellectual mediocrity and timidity, the lack of any sense of adventure or initiative in its programming, the simplistic cliche'd PC approach, the cold,clammy grey fog of bureaucratic broadcasting and the pathetic attempts to copy commercial radio and TV instead of offering an alternative. The ABC claims that lack of sufficient funding from the Government prevents it offering better programs, but there are small commercial radio stations doing exciting programs on the smell of an oilrag. Even SBS shows up the ABC: that's why they tried to take it over. In fact, we could cut the ABC's budget by 50% and give it to SBS and both organisations would be better off for it.

Posted by: Rob (No 1) at July 31, 2003 at 06:05 PM

I read that Quadrant did a survey of the lame ties worn by 100 of its random readers, all of whom wore their ties to bed, the shower, and during sex. They used a computer image to blend them and came up with (drum roll) the cover!

Mediocre, anti-humanist and lacking aesthetic depth- like its contents, like its readers...

Tim, so btw who do you go for in the AFL? I know it's off post, but I'm curious. My bet is Demons or Hawks...

Posted by: sphincter at July 31, 2003 at 06:26 PM

Go Rob 1, 50% across to SBS, I'm hearing you comrade!

World news is great, but how about those films about naked chinese she-demons and humping/shooting latinos??

Posted by: sphincter at July 31, 2003 at 06:28 PM

A link to it would be great. 3000 words? That's an introductory paragraph for Den Beste, only without all the funny parts.

Posted by: ilyka at July 31, 2003 at 06:54 PM

Ilyka it is out there, you just need to search it up. Go to Google, type in:
lefty pinko lesbians "so-called intellectuals" "queue-jumpers" "self hating" and any other right wing cliches. Don't forget to limit the search by using the - function, eg:
-empathy -intellect -spine

Oh, shit, you will end up with this site, damn!

Posted by: sphincter at July 31, 2003 at 07:33 PM

More money to SBS? Surely the free market can supply soccer, soft porn and Hitler documentaries.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at July 31, 2003 at 08:33 PM

Mr Blair,
In hisBrookes News article, Joe Cambria says Quadrant magazine is publicly funded. Is this true?

Posted by: jay mike at July 31, 2003 at 08:50 PM

You think it could survive in a real market? Its about as looney fringe-element dwelling as Green Left Weekly, except luckily they began on the paranoid anti-communist side, and thus have recieved buckeloads of government funding, not to mention support from the CIA and other US anti-communist interests.

Blair loves to crap on about left wing intellegensia and elites, but you wouldnt find much more elitist than the Quadrant crowd. They even banned Crikey for christs sakes.

Posted by: Tom at July 31, 2003 at 09:27 PM

Tim, post the speech! I'm a first year journalism student, and I'm sick and tired of being bullied around by left-wing hippies who, according to what they say, have never watched anything other than Aunty. Post the speech!

Posted by: Ben L at July 31, 2003 at 09:36 PM

jay mike, to the best of my knowledge Quadrant receives an Arts Council grant to pay contributors. The pissy amounts suggest it aint much.
sphincter, one thing I enjoy about Quadrant is that I can pick it up and not be able to guess what POV the contributors will adopt. You won't find the same diversity in Arena et al.

Posted by: Fidens at July 31, 2003 at 10:11 PM

3000 words? what are you trying to be, an intellectual?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at July 31, 2003 at 11:05 PM

Tim, please post the speech. I have an essay due soon and haven't found anything worth plagiarising yet.

Posted by: Yobbo at July 31, 2003 at 11:08 PM

I will stop ABC (and BBC) bashing when the organisations are abolished, and not a moment sooner.

Posted by: Michael Jennings at July 31, 2003 at 11:14 PM

Thats very clever Michael. I'm sure you thought out that idea very clearly and have plenty of decent reasons to back it up.

Alternatively, you could be what is known as a fuckwit.

Posted by: Tom at July 31, 2003 at 11:56 PM

Or he could be a libertarian.

Life's so much more complicated when you have to accomodate alternative views, isn't it?

Posted by: Yobbo at August 1, 2003 at 01:32 AM

Tim, if you didn't get at least as much respect as Danny Pipes, I'd be worried.

Sam, he could be an "Idiotarian". Wait, only lefties get that moronic, childish label. My mistake.

(Whoops, did I just equate y'all's beliefs with those extreme fuckwits at LGF and AIR? Oh, dear, how childish and inappropriate of me ;-))

Posted by: mark at August 1, 2003 at 02:05 AM

LD: Iíve known Miranda since we worked together at News Ltd a few years ago.

jay mike: Yes, Quadrant does receive some government money. Not sure of the amount (although it certainly isnít entirely government funded). Iím not in favour of this, and have argued about it in the past.

Sphinc: Itís Collingwood. Check the links on the left hand side of the page. And now youíre banned, for stupidity and repeated dumb abuse.

Posted by: tim at August 1, 2003 at 02:56 AM

Tom: I have a blog here, which you could possibly have found by following the link. I also write for this well knowngroup blog. The reasons why I favour abolition of the ABC and BBC come up from time to time in both of those places. Feel free to read them.

Also feel free to go fuck yourself.

Posted by: Michael Jennings at August 1, 2003 at 04:54 AM

That's the angriest Michael has ever been. It's the equivalent of seeing Ghandi start a bar brawl.

Posted by: Yobbo at August 1, 2003 at 02:32 PM


Posted by: pedant at August 1, 2003 at 03:29 PM

Wait a minute.... Miranda Devine *isn't* the chick from Big Brother?

Posted by: LD at August 1, 2003 at 05:01 PM

Hey Tim, Can you tell Miranda that I love her, and want to marry her ?

Posted by: jafa at August 2, 2003 at 02:17 AM