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Old 06-06-2017, 02:10 AM   #121
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"There are two injured Australians, and two - so that makes four - that are not accounted for"

Thanks Malcolm. I'm not great at maths but come on.
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He's talking to the idiots who vote for his party, for whom that really is advanced mathematics.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:44 PM   #123
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Greg Sheridan’s column for The Aus today about the UK election is….. I am not sure whether just to laugh hysterically at how fucking insane it is, or be furious that such utter fucking shit could get published in a reputable newspaper. Copy pasted here in its full glory.

This is the most important British election — to Australia, the UK and the world — in living memory. Perhaps it is a fulcrum moment akin to when Winston Churchill became British prime minister in World War II.
If Jeremy Corbyn records an upset win against Theresa May tomorrow it will be a devastating setback for the Western alliance, for security, for the fight against terror, for Europe and for democratic culture around the world.
It will make a laughing stock of Britain, and imperil Britain.
And while the UK is a long way from Australia it is still an immensely important political, economic and security partner for us, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, our third-biggest foreign investor, a nuclear power, the world’s fifth-biggest economy.
Yesterday’s revelation that Corbyn spoke at a rally attended by hundreds of followers of a now banned terror group, al-Muhajiroun — whose supporters included London Bridge terrorist Khuran Butt — must surely do him some harm with whatever element of the British electorate retains any sense of history or knowledge of current affairs, or mere self-respect.
At this rally of al-Muhajiroun, supporters screamed anti-Semitic obscenities, calling for Jews to be gassed, but gentle Jeremy, meek and mild, everyone’s slipper-wearing kindly grandad, had nothing to say about this.
He condemned only Israel. That’s the sort of extremist Corbyn really is.
The polls are maddeningly confusing. They encompass every possible outcome from a narrow Corbyn win through a more likely hung parliament, to a still possible Tory landslide. Several polls put the two parties neck and neck. Others show the Conservatives still with a big lead.
But no poll can predict who is actually going to vote. Young people, in a kind of blind ignorance of history and the world induced by the wretched fashions of contemporary pedagogy and the neurotic narrowness of the digital silos in which they live their screen-based lives, are Corbyn’s most enthusiastic supporters.
However, they are the people least likely to vote.
Corbyn is several hundred standard deviations worse a candidate for national leadership than ever Donald Trump was.
But if Corbyn joins Trump among national leaders, it will become increasingly difficult to argue the self-evident virtues of democracy, either in the Third World or to our own democracy sceptics.
Unlike Trump, there is no indication that Corbyn would appoint a good cabinet.
He is surrounded by self-declared Marxists, long-time supporters of terrorist groups, and recently recruited former communists.
His rise is the most startling indictment of mainstream political culture anywhere.
May has run a mediocre campaign and is not a scintillating figure. But her failings are just the normal shortcomings any political leader might have. Perhaps she made a poor policy choice. Perhaps she could have communicated more effectively.
But she remains a credible national leader. And what she says about Brexit is true: it demands a coherent, competent government if it is to be negotiated and managed properly.
The world still needs a big British contribution — in politics, security, economic management, the promulgation of cultural decency.
I thought nothing could be more gripping than Trump versus Hillary Clinton, unless it was Brexit.
But now I see that Britain’s destiny, and a huge part of the world’s fortune, rests on tonight’s outcome.
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Old 06-08-2017, 10:47 PM   #124
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When did The Australian become a reputable newspaper?
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Bloody hell, reckon we can add Latika Bourke to the list of Bad Media Pundits.
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Massive fucking Tory. I added her to that list ages ago. Best mates with Julie Bishop.
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:36 AM   #127
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Seems pretty evident now, don't think I've paid all that much attention to her in the past. Like a typical News Corp writer without the bombast needed to work for them.
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How Theresa May "moved to the left" is fucking beyond me.
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Old 06-09-2017, 02:09 AM   #129
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Greg Sheridan is absolutely bonkers. I'm not sure if he was always that way or if he's another of 9/11's many ideological victims.
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Old 06-09-2017, 02:33 AM   #130
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It's weird to recall The Australian - whatever its ideological leanings were - being a fairly sober sort of paper in the nineties. Now it's just a bunch of angry, reactionary old men shouting at clouds, occasionally trotting out Caleb Bond in the way that bowls clubs trot out their three young members to say "hey this isn't a retirees' sport". You're fooling no-one.
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In the nineties, it's strange to remember it now, the Australian was broadly in tune with the whole Keating economic reform/Asian engagement/outward looking Austraya mood. The economic part is no surprise, they're thoroughly in the neoliberal camp. But they used to even have a quite good Australian Review of Books and a generally, I dunno, sorta liberalish outlook. Or maybe I'm just summarising the perception that self appointed Historian of The Nation Paul Kelly projected during those years.

I dunno. It's contemptible garbage now at any rate.

Frankly, the same could be said of Quadrant 20 years ago when Robert Manne was in charge. A lot has changed.
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Anyhow, I hope Greg enjoys tonight's election results from the UK. Especially if the Tories do come up that vital seat or few short of cobbling something together.

I hope Tony Blair enjoys it too, because that sound in the distance is the earth mover come to tramp down the dirt on his place in history. The most left wing Labour leader since Clement Attlee did better electorally than any of them have managed since 1997 (or to be more accurate, better in the sense of gaining, not shedding seats or merely holding).
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Another reason why I draw great good cheer from today's results (such as we know them); it entrenches the Corbyn project (sounds like the name of a prog rock band). Time is what was needed, and this buys more. I see it as like the Pope (no, not the leader himself, but the situation where time is needed to change the course of the ship, the makeup of the elected ranks and so on).
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There are going to be some pretty shit reckons out of the Oz for the next few days, that's for sure.

And oh man Quadrant. If the Australian is a dumpster fire, Quadrant, with that repugnant "Manchester bombings should've happened at the ABC studios" shitpiece, is now a dumpster nuclear apocalypse.

Ol' mate Windschuttle's piffle about the "fabrication" of Aboriginal history really did do a huge shit in Quadrant's bed and nobody ever cleaned it up. Manne had the good sense to run the other way.
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Quadrant is best thought of as a psy-ops project that the CIA forgot to take out behind the wood shed after the Cold War ended. It mutated.
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