September 10, 2003


Mentioned in this week’s Continuing Crisis column for The Bulletin are Paul Keating, Andrew Bolt, Paddy McGuinness, Frank Devine, Diamond Jim McClelland, Osama bin Laden, Ali Gufron, John Pilger, Anthony Mundine, Gerald Daffy, Antwun Echols, George W. Bush, John Howard, Lyndon Johnson, Harold Holt, Yoko Ono, and Ewan Campbell.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 10, 2003 02:11 AM

in his column, bolt points out that:

After seven years in power, Howard and his Nazis have had zero success in bringing balance to the ABC, zero in saving the National Museum from its shame-Australia curators, zero in winning anything but curses from our bishops, zero in stopping far-Left cause-pushers from misusing our public arts festivals, and zero in getting filmmakers to run a more loving eye over their country.
to which you can only wonder: if that's true, why support howard? he is, on this analysis, a total failure.

Posted by: adam at September 10, 2003 at 02:53 AM

Adam makes a good point, which I've touched on previously. Howard is no free-market ideologue or far-right social engineer; he's a centrist, which explains both his electoral success and the exasperation of those of us further to the right than he.

Why the left continues to paint him as a free-market ideologue and far-right social engineer remains a mystery.

Posted by: tim at September 10, 2003 at 03:09 AM

There is no real mystery. The left want power. JoHo denies them the ultimate power. They cannot understand this, so they must enlarge him into a monster. If they didn't see him as incredibly evil, then the poor old lefties would have to admit that their ideas just aren't good enough.

As for Adam's point, I think you will find that John Fahey cut most of the Keating government's funding to community groups off at the knees in one glorious afternoon back in 1996, much to the dismay of a lot of public servants. However, JoHo has sensibly let some of the funding to continue, so as to create this weak opposition from a few whingers in the "yartz". They whinge about JoHo and therby increase his status as a serious staesman with the majority of the electorate. Perfect ploy really.

Nothing lost Keating more votes than his stupid sucking up to the yartz types in the 1996 election.

Posted by: Toryhere at September 10, 2003 at 08:54 AM

Which is an unhappy observation, Toryhere.Hawke and Keating sucked up to the polpotian communistos the Greens.And what a price.
It began with Coronation and this needs to be recollected.
Prior to the kacky-doo announcement, on the discovery of a pile of Bulla, all approvals for the mine had been signed off on.But Hawke Keating and thier band of thieves obviously decided the greenies were worth a lot more than the the hundreds of milllions per annum and the jobs were, still are, worth to Australians.And shut the the mine down.
Things have only degenerated since. Without communisto goververments, and the bureaucracies like EPA,ACF and so forth, the greens would be no more than what they are, a pack of lousy commies with no credibility.The feds have added a section in that other scam the Department of Environment, Natioanl Office of Greenhouse warning. Hot gasses more like it.
Of course, all that is before the snivelling communisto dribbling spivs in Spring St. and in Sydney decided to rob more Australians to keep their polpotian communistos friends happy. Then W.A. and on and on the list of govermnenbt sucking up to the swines runs on.

Ah, yes, easy to tell the yartz to shove off, no votes in it. But sucking up to the pol potian greens,is a cross party mutual obligation it seems.

Oh, and as for Dr.Kemp and his targetting of plastic bags, another tribute to the criminals the greens.Don't forget folks, the `greens movement' was set up in the 70's and initially bankrolled by the KGB - it was a ddastardly plan which damage has gathered apace since the end of the cold war. Damn them and the greenies and pollies who suck up the swindling whining swinie polpotian communistos.

Posted by: d at September 10, 2003 at 09:48 AM

Tim, watch out for a midnight visit and that knock on the door from the ACB.
Teaching Americans to play cricket might be bad for the old bod.
I have in view, soccer.The U.S. was noteable in the past in the ranks of world cup super-powers by not having been there it all. Cast forward to the World Cup in South Korea and the U.S. did very well.Teach the Americans cricket Tim and the ACB will ponder whether it can't be treated as an act of high treason.

Posted by: d at September 10, 2003 at 09:54 AM

Re teaching your mate to play cricket - try involving him in a low grade game of indoor cricket. The standard is low, the ball isn't too hard but behaves a bit like a real cricket ball, and it's a fair introduction to the basic rules.

There is also a pretty good chance of an all-in brawl (for added entertainment).

Posted by: Alex Hidell at September 10, 2003 at 10:53 AM

'THE VISIT next month of US President George W. Bush is a boon to Australia's flagging giant puppet industry, suppliers of giant stupid pointless puppetry to street marchers and demonstrators.'

Not to mention the flagging flag industry.

Along with matches.

Posted by: ilibcc at September 10, 2003 at 12:18 PM

What's the betting some loon organises a nude demonstration against war, during Bush's visit. Any excuse to get the gear off. The sight of posteriors for peace will be too much.

Posted by: Rob (No.1) at September 10, 2003 at 02:37 PM

I just love it when Keating crawls out from under his rock and chucks another hissyfit in Howard's direction. I get that same rush I did when the bastard went down to Howard. And when the gutless bastard didn't show up in Parliament to face Howard. That it still burns a hole in Keating's guts is a joy to me - or more accurately, recreates rampant gloating triumphalism.

It's a pity we're still waiting for Keating to take up Graeme Campbell's recommendation.

Posted by: Paul Johnson at September 10, 2003 at 02:50 PM

i maintain that john howard is the australian triangulator, but apparently no one wants to point this shit out.

exhibit A: "workers entitlements".

Posted by: adam at September 10, 2003 at 04:27 PM

adam - WTF?

Posted by: Razor at September 10, 2003 at 09:09 PM