June 10, 2004


"This ain’t journalism," realises Margo Kingston, finally. "It's crude political propaganda which shames Australian journalism and stinks to high heaven."

So quit already!

Posted by Tim Blair at June 10, 2004 01:25 AM

"subordinate Australia’s national interest to the altar of his lust for power."

Subordinate? To the altar? Does she even ask anybody what these words mean before she uses them?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at June 10, 2004 at 01:44 AM

"Ain't"? How folksy! Did she have to experiment with several different variations, such as "ainot," "aiN't," "aint'," and "haint," before stumbling across the correct one?

Posted by: Joe Geoghegan at June 10, 2004 at 01:44 AM

Margo seems to have inferred this:

Armitage also laid on the line something Howard has only dared hint at – that the Free Trade Agreement with the US was conditional on us staying in Iraq. Yes, it is blood for money. And it is money for political slavery.

from this:

"Mr Latham said he looked to the day that a Labor government could work with the US to further strengthen intelligence, strategic and cultural relations," he said.

"Apparently economic and political relations were not so important. Now, you either have a full-up relationship or you don't."

and this:

"I would argue that the US has spent a lot of time and energy trying to develop a free trade agreement with Australia but these are things the people of Australia have to decide for themselves.

I would hazard to guess that Armitage is scared that Latham will back out of both the Free Trade deal with America and Iraq. Especially since Latham is supposedly trying to get the Senate to reject the deal. Of course this simpler explanation didn't seem to register with Margo.

Posted by: drscroogemcduck at June 10, 2004 at 01:52 AM

I especially dig the "ship of fools" reference. It, like, sounds so literary and everything, even if Margo has no idea what she's referencing.

Posted by: tim at June 10, 2004 at 02:22 AM

Stop it, Tim. I tried to read it and it made my head hurt.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at June 10, 2004 at 02:24 AM

I concur JorgXMcKie. It is unreasonable to expect humans to decipher that.

Posted by: Dean McAskil at June 10, 2004 at 02:43 AM

I've said before that Canada and Australia could swap their useless columnists and no one would ever notice. I take that back. Take Margo's finale:

''A new government in America, Britain and Australia could yet avoid World War III. Which is what the world’s peoples are desperately hoping for.''

One government for three countries? And then an an incomplete sentence that reads like the world's peoples are hoping for WWIII? We just don't have that calibre of mediocrity.

Posted by: chip at June 10, 2004 at 02:49 AM

All I want someone to answer is this: how did she get the job?

Posted by: currencylad at June 10, 2004 at 03:03 AM

This American isn't shit scared that we're entering WWIII. I'm shit scared that we might lose it, though. Get with the program, Margo!

Posted by: Brian Jones at June 10, 2004 at 06:28 AM

There's a line in "Lawrence of Arabia" ...

Be thankful that when God made you a fool, he gave you a fool's face

... And we should be thankful too, that when God made Margo Kingston a fool, He gave her a fool's prose, by which all may know her.

It's almost like she's trying to make herself easy to dismiss. Thanks, Margo, we appreciate the effort.

Posted by: theo at June 10, 2004 at 10:13 AM

When God made Margo Kingston He gave her Margo Kingston's face. That was mean.

Posted by: Lee at June 11, 2004 at 06:05 AM

It is crystal clear that La Kingston is suffering from speed psychosis. Margot darling, cases of VB won't make it any better!

Posted by: neoconchick at June 11, 2004 at 01:28 PM