June 14, 2004


Margo Kingston revisits Cathy Freeman’s Olympic victory, and concludes:

That's why she won buy miles.

She won some Buy Miles? I thought she only got a medal. Margo deserves a medal for getting this past the SMH’s ever-vigilant copy czars:

John Howard knows how high he’s raised the stakes with his devil’s deal to put the Alliance on the table to save his career.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 14, 2004 06:06 PM


Margo has been even more of an unhinged loon of late. Her diatribes at Howard and her accusation that it is he and Bush, in league against Labour as part of some nefarious scheme, beggars belief.

The use of "gunna" and a writing style best suited to that of an SMS message only serve as an insult to all serious journalists.

How does the Herald let her get away with it?

Posted by: nic at June 14, 2004 at 06:15 PM

That sad bitch is surely insane!

Posted by: Kate at June 14, 2004 at 06:27 PM

"To save their careers, Howard and Bush have made a Faustian pact to change Australia into the 51st state – without voting rights – after making Australians too frightened to freely exercise their democratic vote."

One wonders what Margo's writings would look like if she decided to start exaggerating.

Posted by: a at June 14, 2004 at 06:34 PM

Yet again Margo reveals her complete ignorance. Australia isn't the 51st state, it's the 52nd. Canada's 51... :)

Posted by: gaz at June 14, 2004 at 07:47 PM

Im waiting for her to include UK Labour in this conspiracy somehow.

Posted by: JBB at June 14, 2004 at 09:56 PM

Anyway, I'm pretty sure that were Australia to join the United States, we'd join it as six separate states. No way is the US going to let a 20 million person state muscle its way in there among California, Texas and New York.

Besides, that way the flag would get more stars. Everybody wins!

Posted by: Quentin George at June 14, 2004 at 10:20 PM

Actually, the best way to keep the evil Australian democratic influence out of American politics would be to have you join as a single state -- that way there aren't 12 Australian Senators mucking up our imperial plans.

Not that I object, mind you, but it is the small states with low populations but two senators who wield disproportional influence.

Posted by: Andrew at June 14, 2004 at 11:26 PM

I wonder if she'll be able to bring herself to acknowledge that Kerry is also bagging the Labor party about its Iraq stance and therefore agreeing with the Bush position.

If both sides of US politics are making the point then theres more to it than a supposed favour for Howard.

She is fucking nuts, when Howard wins, she's going to wig out, I can't wait.

Oh and I love the irony of the Labor party comments, after spending months lecturing the US on their actions, as soon as the US returns serve, they start bitching like girls.

And as for poor old Carmen, if shes the president of the Labor party, it speaks volumes for the decay in that party.

Posted by: Nuffy at June 14, 2004 at 11:51 PM

You could also adapt a drinking game to the number of metaphors used in her articles. You'd get close to fall-down drunk every time.

Posted by: Roger Bournival at June 15, 2004 at 12:43 AM

Has Nader made his stance on the Australia/US alliance known?

We must know these things, after all he is the only viable choice for POTUS according to Margot therefore he is the one that must be elected.

Does anybody notice that Latham doesnt say thing about any of this, he just keeps issuing declaratiosn of intention, he waits for these turkeys to mouth off for him.

Posted by: JBB at June 15, 2004 at 02:08 AM

If Australia becomes the 51st (or 52nd) state, do we have to put the star down at the bottom (downunder) of the flag?

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at June 15, 2004 at 06:04 AM

The thing is, if Australia joined as six states, and voted for either Republicans or Democrats, I think there would be a slight advantage in Senators for Republicans.

The place in Australia that votes the most left-wing is ACT. (Which isn't a state).

Posted by: Quentin George at June 15, 2004 at 08:30 AM

SMH Stealth Edit Alert!

Article is fixed as at 17:52 15 June.

Posted by: alanm at June 15, 2004 at 06:53 PM

Margo is the sun and you guys are just planets or moons orbiting planets. In the end though, the overriding orbit is around the sun. There is a world of information and commentary out there but in here I see a strong focus on Margo. That says a lot. It says she is articulating views you find simply impossible to ignore. Margo reminds me of the Erasmus of Rotterdam during his "Basel years". The Erasmus was the "wandering scholar" and exceptionally cool to boot. He would look at the sectarian world before him and call it as he saw it. His clarity and strength of purpose was scary to the prejudiced and the ignorant. Why did he prosper in the Swiss city on a bend in the Rhine? Basel was a free and open city where intellectuals could find refuge. In the end it is up to you guys to either orbit the sun as you do now, or engage properly and create your own virtual Basel. A good starting point would be to read Margo's latest book, "Not Happy John". It's published on Monday 21 June. Together, we can take back Australia.

Posted by: Harry Heidelberg at June 20, 2004 at 05:18 AM