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Losing the populist moment

Australia lacks a single articulate, persistent fighter for change to empower the people. We just have frauds and fools. And we risk losing the populist moment.

The NSW Liberals destroy themselves along with the nation

You had to prove what we all knew. That at heart our rulers are exactly the self-serving, careerist status-hounds you told us you weren’t.

Professional politics – in the name of the people, with contempt for the people

Politicians are building more barriers to repel the views of their voters, and a directionless centre-right is at the forefront.

Wankery and Western Civilisation

Voters want doers, not talkers. On Western Civilisation, just as on everything else.

The indoctrination factories may be less effective than we fear

Indoctrination from school scolds – and the overweening hypocrisy of the gender, racial and other narratives they push – are creating spontaneous, if cynical, teenage conservatives.

It’s time for primaries

Party machines and voting methods insulate our political class from voter accountability. Primaries can change that.

We don’t need right-wing comedy

Be clear: comedy can be about politics, but the moment it is for politics rather than for humour, the comedy dies.

Have we outgrown Yes, Minister?

The failings of ministers and their offices ensure continuing bureaucratic failure. That the political class across all political parties sees this as normal and acceptable is an important reason that it is losing legitimacy.

It’s not just the Liberals. It’s the political class.

Articles about personal or intra-party spats write themselves. Take a longer and broader view, however, and what we see is the bipartisan breakdown of political class legitimacy

The right is to blame for Trumpery too

Peta Credlin gets Trumpery story precisely backwards. The political class’ smug dismissal of voter concerns is a bipartisan sin.

Mike Baird – beyond satire

By releasing a goal for NSW to be carbon neutral by mid-century, the state is falling into line with states such as South Australia. Beyond satire indeed.

How to Become a Ranting Grump

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good liquor cabinet, must be in want of reasoned argument. The first of seven sure-fire ways to become a ranting grump.

Refugees – A Modest Proposal

There can be no better or more welcoming approach to housing the remaining 8.000 Syrians and Iraqis than to dedicate a mere 30% of University-provided accommodation to doing good.

#I’llRideWithTheseGuys

All of these are people #IllRideWith. For my safety? Perhaps. But more for engagement with their strength of character, and because they represent real bravery in a time of fakes.

Non-Believer Prayers Numb True Feeling

If you are an atheist, agnostic, non-Christian believer, an apathetic not-give-a-damner, or even a loosely-identifying Christian, mouthing the words of prayers and hymns during Remembrance Day is utterly phoney.