FFS – The Flight From Substance

A social media flash highlights the badge-wearing do-nothingness of our political class. The Good and Just have fled from substance in an unprecedented way over the past 30 years. My only guess is that when they engage with reality, with what actually works, it causes such cognitive dissonance they have to run.

There Truly Is No Shame

OK, there isn’t much to say, but I’ll say it. It’s a very odd world where a convicted rapist and known wife-beater with a drug problem, who is renowned for blowing $300m on just about nothing, can be seen to be a drawcard for small and medium business people who want to expand their businesses. […]

Analysis Serving Ideology

The unprincipled misuse of industrial, workplace, heritage, discrimination, FOI, international and planning laws for political purposes is common. But it's getting worse. Now we have politics-by-bureaucratic-analysis, or lack thereof.

Quadrant Online – Our Trite and Tawdry Political Class

I have a new piece up at Quadrant Online on how the emptiness of political communication is driving a mutual contempt between the political class and the electorate it is trying to reach. Read it here.

Evidence of the New Divide

So the Queensland ALP and media go in hard on Premier Newman over token public sector cuts. Net result: zero. Two party preferred remains around 60-40. That the Qld LNP have held their vote in the face of such an attack augurs well. Token cuts they have been too. As Judith Sloan points out regarding […]

Return of The Prince

Janet Daley ¬†calls out UK PM David Cameron on what seems to be a ubiquitous political failing: the belief that being likeable constitutes political leadership. OK, the UK Conservatives had to rebrand after Maggie and after years of artsy scribblers swallowing the Left’s characterisation of what conservatism is about. But there’s no point in prime […]

Leichhardt Chamber Follies

Chamber-time in Leichhardt Council was interesting on Tuesday night. I’ve already written about the ALP-Greens deal and Cr Byrne. But the speeches, tone and behaviours on the night were, well, entertaining if intellectually depressing. First, we had continual rank politicking in every speech from the Greens. The opening address from Councillor 11%, aside from a […]

Fear, Loathing and Bigotry at Leichhardt

So Leichhardt was spared the ignominy of following Julia Gillard and Bob Brown into the cesspit of signed ALP-Green agreements. Thus Rochelle Porteous’ last act as Mayor was her best. Her intransigence and undergraduate politicking ensured her own demise. Seriously, read the email chain Darcy Byrne has distributed and you’d swear Councillor 11% was a […]

Decay of the Fashionable Left

Nothing explains the decay of the fashionable left better than this. Juvenile, permanently oppositional, trashing every truly radical, liberating change for the better from the past 500 years, medievalist at heart. I hesitate to use the terms Left and Right anymore – alignments and beliefs have clearly changed. Cassandra Wilkinson talks about free and unfree, […]

For What?

Many candidates simply have a desperate desire to be an MP. Any sort of MP. They don't have to compromise anything, because they don't have anything to compromise.

Everyone’s Elite But Me

I don’t know Mark Textor but I do know a lot of people who do. By all accounts a very nice and very smart fellow. And I enjoyed and agreed with his article in the Fin Review, calling for a backboned response to Islamist extremists in Australia. The only problem is his third-person excoriation of […]

In Praise Of Ridicule Repost

After the attacks on US embassies on September 11 – purportedly in response to a video, but apparently pre-organised – and the following blasphemy riots across the West, I’m reposting this meditation on Molly Norris from earlier this year. Free speech, comedy, parody, ridicule and even error need defending more than ever. September and November […]

Silent and Weak

In the wake of worldwide Islamist riots, the US government responds by arresting a videomaker just after midnight (‘taken in for questioning’, not arrested). For making a film. A legal film, in a nation with a Constitutional guarantee of free speech. Tacky, wrong, misleading. But a film. Yeah, formally taken in for questioning  for violating […]

Again, PolComms After The Fact

We have the argument on education spending we needed 2 years ago, one week after announcement of cuts. In an op-ed, in a Sunday paper, that the mainstream media will almost certainly ignore. Primacy and recency people. First media message, last media message is what is remembered. Ask people now what they know of the […]

Sell Your Ideas? Groundbreaking!

Julie Novak has a piece up at Catallaxy Files that highlights the continuing failure of classical liberals, libertarians and similar to engage with the essence of politics: sales and marketing. This isn’t a repeat of yesterday’s post, but a supplement. Make a case on policy issues, yes, but make it in a way that is […]