December 01, 2003


Margo Kingston demands that Australia not give away our sovereignty "in the proposed free trade agreement with the United State."

The United State? Must be where that Yank is from. In her opening paragraph, acclaimed Margo is stuck in babbling repeat mode:

It's a tough choice, who is best to lead the Labor Party now. Now it's down to two a choice must be made. As I write, Kim Beazley has the numbers and the game looks over. I've just seen Simon Crean in the chair for the last time in question time. His remarks before question time, on the team belief in our Davis Cup team and the wonderful role Hazel Hawke plays in Australian life in "turning adversity to advantage" was elegantly pointed.

Edit notes: Were elegantly pointed. A choice of leader would have to be made regardless of how many people were competing. You could do with a comma following the Crean quote. Please learn how to write.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 1, 2003 10:35 PM

There is no need to make witty remarks about Margot's writing style. It would take a satirical genius to make that stuff up.

She appears to have no "inside person" to re-read her words as they spill randomly onto the page. A monkey invited to ape Shakespeare could do a better job.

It's pure stream of consciousness isn't it.
James Joyce must be rolling in his grave.

Posted by: Jack Strocchi at December 1, 2003 at 11:19 PM

Man, she *is* a babe, though. Lincolnesque, even.

Posted by: Bruce at December 2, 2003 at 12:29 AM

Good Lord, what a horrible photo. If I were inventing a stereotypical frothing-at-the-mouth left-winger (Lesbian Single Mothers In Solidarity With the Palestinian Struggle, or some such) she'd look something like that.

And don't you have proofreaders and copy editors in the Antipodes?

Posted by: Annalucia at December 2, 2003 at 12:43 AM

Has anyone ever seen Margo and Keith Richards together?

Posted by: Angie Schultz at December 2, 2003 at 12:55 AM

I doubt it. Keef's missus might get jealous.

Posted by: Clem Snide at December 2, 2003 at 01:36 AM

"The Echo's editor, Simon Thomsen, said he was thrilled to have a commentator of Margo Kingston's calibre join The Echo's writing team."

Small town editors always say that. Like struggling football clubs gratefully welcoming well known has-beens.
Umm, I was going to comment on 'elegantly pointed' but I'm afraid I don't have the requiste calibre.

Posted by: jafa at December 2, 2003 at 02:12 AM

Also, Keith Richards is a closet conservative, but then maybe Margot is too......what her soft spot for Hanson..the way she doth protest....
One wonders if she isn't just railing against herself.

Posted by: jafa at December 2, 2003 at 02:36 AM

She looks like the revenue men just busted up her last still. There is a cloudy, unfiltered look to her. You can see the bitter residue swirling around in her eyes.

Posted by: papertiger at December 2, 2003 at 02:50 AM

Did you see that email from Robert Bosla that she sent to Mark Latham? It was by far an effort worthy of Margo, an absolute shocker.

Posted by: Rob at December 2, 2003 at 08:03 AM

Anyone who writes as badly as Margo Kingston could never 'learn' to write. It is beyond editing - a vapid, tedious 'style' that clumps along like muddy army boots being walked through your aunt's best room.

If you want to read the ravings of a complete loon, try Mark Morford in the SF Chronicle. He's barking, but he does have an interesting style especially after he has taken his medication. Or before.

Posted by: ilibcc at December 2, 2003 at 09:21 AM

Oh -- my -- God.

All this time I just assumed Margo was a woman!

Posted by: BruceT at December 2, 2003 at 02:38 PM

'She appears to have no "inside person" to re-read her words as they spill randomly onto the page.'

Did Jack Strocchi just write that? Is there another Jack Strocchi?

Posted by: Tim at December 3, 2003 at 12:14 PM


"She looks like the revenue men just busted up her last still."

I am STILL laughing at this a day later !

Damn I wish I could dream up comments like that !

Posted by: Carl in NH at December 4, 2003 at 12:01 AM