April 21, 2004


Here’s Robert Bosler earlier this month in the Sydney Morning Herald, fighting off hallucinations while attempting to make some kind of point about Mark Latham and John Howard:

His style is world's apart from his opponent. We need to get used to him and learn more about him, as he is on his way towards running the country. It's more than a matter of style. The difference between the two men is a creative difference. One could be no more different from the other.

And here’s a report in today’s SMH:

The federal Opposition Leader, Mark Latham, has unveiled a new conservative vision for an Australian identity that redefines multiculturalism.

The speech is a dramatic departure from the thinking of the previous Hawke and Keating Labor governments, and has more in common with the views of John Howard on multiculturalism when he first became prime minister.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 21, 2004 11:27 AM

Tim, I don't know if you've seen this yet.

Painted in traditional tribal makeup and wearing possum skins, Moopor stood silently and cast the curse by pointing an inch-long bone at Howard as he climbed into a waiting car. Howard smiled and waved at Moopor before leaving.

Posted by: Rob A. at April 21, 2004 at 11:38 AM

"an inch-long bone"

Hmm? Sure she wasn't pointing with Phillip Adams'stiffy?

Posted by: superboot at April 21, 2004 at 11:42 AM

Too hard...

Posted by: Paul Johnson at April 21, 2004 at 11:47 AM

Latham's never had a real job and he's never held any sort of leadership position. Only the desparate Left could take him seriously. At best he'll be nothing more than the ALP Caucus's sock puppet.

Posted by: Paul Johnson at April 21, 2004 at 11:52 AM

Vaguely relevant bit of spotter's info for Tim:

They're politicising our music history now (saw in The Bulletin you mentioned The Whitlam's attacking someone in a bar...)

Perusing the great website www.milesago.com with details of Australia's rock history of the 60's and 70's...Click the 'people' link: people who are supposedly important. Guess who's near top of the list? Philip Adams, with a fawning biog including this partisan piece:

"Adams' humanist philosophies and his progressive, left-wing politics have made him something of a 'bete noire' for those on the currently ascendant right wing of Australian politics. The association between Adams and the ABC has long been a particular target for conservative criticism. Many in the current Howard Liberal government regularly use Adams' presence, programs and statements as a focus for attacking what they allege to be endemic "left wing bias" in the ABC..."

Blah blah blah.

I also saw that Doug Parkinson once got in 'trouble' for singing on a Lib campaign ad.

Enforced ideological conformity.


Posted by: otherbrian at April 21, 2004 at 12:24 PM

This Howard is evil genius, yes?

He word question of Republic Vote so that he will win vote.

He exploit timing of boatpeople incident, where Navy says 'they threw children overboard so we would rescue them' to win election. (He lied! He lied!)

Now, just when Latham is looking good, Anita Keating reveals how Paul is a lying mean bastard. Howard immediately announces he is 'Sorry to hear about the marriage problems of his worthy predecessor'.

When ALP tries to figure out how they 'was robbed' of election victory this time, Anita's Bulletin interview wil be seen as turning point, losing women's vote for ALP, with Howard once again exploiting opponent's weakness.

Evil genius I tell you!

Posted by: pedro at April 21, 2004 at 12:54 PM

Isn't Adams more of a bęte grosse?

Posted by: Amos at April 21, 2004 at 01:15 PM

So if LAtham is suddenly against multiculturalism, what are the Lefty media types going to do now? Isn't PC multiculturalism their religion? If both main parties are both against multiculturalim, the lefties will just have to keep pushing Latham, with the hope that they can make him pay homage to their silly multi-culti pieties if he gets into office.

But I ask the Labor supporters who sometimes comment here: why should ask for Tory-lite from Latham and his bunch of union hacks and half-educated schoolteachers, when we can get the real thing from the Howard Governement?

Posted by: Toryhere at April 21, 2004 at 01:38 PM

No, Left doesn't want Toryism.

They are switching from Sweden fixation to France fixation.

France banned headscarves, so anti-multi is now cool!

Let them eat their cake and have it too!
The politics of illusion!
The main thing is that the 'right people' get power...

Posted by: notory at April 21, 2004 at 02:43 PM

The "right people" of course are the usuual lot of blundering lefties who turn everything they touch into dross, but are allowed to get away with it because the even more inane "watchdogs" in the media have such short memories. After all, it doesn't matter to the lefty government junkies if everything is actually horrible in the real world, as long they can play at being a low-rent ruling class, whilst all the time telling us that they they "care" about "the under privileged".

Thank God for John Howard and his pragmatists!

Posted by: Toryhere at April 21, 2004 at 04:23 PM

this is weird. when Howard wanted to cut immigration he was branded a rascist, but when 'maddog' latham wants to do the same thing it's a 'bold new vision'...

Posted by: roscoe.p at April 21, 2004 at 07:21 PM

Didn't you see the channel 9 news last night? Latham is now reading out Bill Clinton's old SOTU speeches and claiming them as his own "vision". Channel 9 played excerpts from Clinton in the 97 SOTU and then excerpts from Latham's latest important speech, and guess what on all the headlie promises they were almost identical. I think that has ended his chances of ending up in Government in this Country.

Posted by: Toryhere at April 22, 2004 at 09:55 AM