February 05, 2004


The war lobby lied, claims Neil Clark in today’s Australian, where he is billed impressively as "a tutor in politics at Oxford Tutorial College* in England". Hmmm ... but what else is he?

• a man who describes himself as a "committed, and totally unreconstructed, old leftist"

• an antiwar activist who in 2002 urged Tony Blair to see the light, curry favour with Saddam, and get some oil concession action that otherwise would surely fall to France and Russia:

Britain is now universally despised in Iraq, and it is the French and the Russians who are the first in the queue for reconstruction rights and oil concessions. Unless Britain changes course quickly, the enormous commercial opportunities in helping to exploit the second largest oil reserves in the world will be gone for ever.

• someone who believes the US is "acting like Nazi Germany on the international stage [which is why] millions of us around the world are so passionately opposed to it"

• a defender of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden, whom he excuses as "only the latest in a long line of Arab bogeymen"

• and an admirer of Slobodan Milosevic.

Odd that Clark should be presented by The Australian in such a neutral manner. Then again, I guess "US-hating commie stooge, Slobo muppet, terror patsy, and oil appeaser" wouldn’t fit.

*Oxford Tutorial College is a commercial cramming school that happens to be located in the city of Oxford.

(By contributor Elizabeth F.)

Posted by Tim Blair at February 5, 2004 10:07 PM

My delight turned to ecstasy when, on entering a state-owned bookshop, I saw on prominent display in the window a copy of that classic tome Arguments for Socialism by Tony Benn.

What a strange man.

Posted by: Andrew at February 6, 2004 at 12:19 AM

'someone who believes the US is "acting like Nazi Germany on the international stage [which is why] millions of us around the world are so passionately opposed to it"'...

Interesting. Funny how people claim that history repeats itself... except when it doesn't suit their purposes to do so.

The overwhelming characteristic of pre-WWII Nazi Germany, in my opinion, was its increasingly vile domestic and international policies, which most of the world appeased, condoned, actively helped, or pretended not to notice. Sound familiar?

There may well be a parallel to Nazi Germany here... but it's not to the United States.

Daniel in Medford

Posted by: Daniel in Medford at February 6, 2004 at 01:11 AM

fatfingers, oh, fatfingers, where are you?

This oil-sucking Saddam shill needs you to stand up for him now. I have a feeling no one else will do it. I mean, when the guy flat-out says "WE MUST APPEASE FOR OIL PROFIT", well, only someone of your distinguished character could defend him. You who so recently demanded some sort of proof that Al-Qaeda had anything to do with 9-11...

Please include something about lunch, and maybe something about Nazis. Or just misdirect the discussion with a slogan.

But mostly mention lunch.

Because I am hungry.

Posted by: Sortelli at February 6, 2004 at 03:50 AM

The Daily Ablution

had this post "Yoko Ono: Britain Should Have 'Communicated,' 'Made Deals' With Hitler".
See, whether "tutor at Oxford" or "nude in bed with JL" it makes no difference to intelligence.

Posted by: Barry at February 6, 2004 at 03:56 AM

Clark's domestic policies sound more sensible than his trade and foreign policies. But his "Peace Party cabinet" has already given Ernie Saluszpopuli his complete list of [Inter]national Living Shockers for 2004-5. BTW, is that proposed Transport Secretary "Andrew Murray" the same as the moustache-twirling Rhodesian who sits in the Senate for the WA OzDems? Or is it a namesake?

Posted by: Uncle Milk at February 6, 2004 at 06:48 AM

Commercial cramming school - weapon of mass instruction.

Posted by: ilibcc at February 6, 2004 at 08:35 AM

ilibcc - heh.

Posted by: Arik at February 6, 2004 at 03:33 PM