Happy Christmas and New Year to all our Visitors


This is the time to wish all our readers a Happy and Relaxing Festive Season with your Family, and to thank all who have sustained The Political Sword throughout 2016.

First, thanks go to our writers. Ken Wolff and 2353NM, who have joined me to author countless articles on TPS and TPS Extra during 2016. Their pieces are of universally excellent standard on subjects of relevance to the political scene here and overseas. The insights that these pieces have brought to readers have been deeply appreciated, so much so that the The Australian Independent Media Network (AIMN) has reproduced many of these pieces on its site, courtesy of Michael Taylor who oversees the Network.

Backing them up is our coding expert Bacchus, who, working behind the scenes, ensures that the pieces appear in perfect shape with graphics in place. This is a time consuming and exacting process, for which we all thank him. He, with the other authors and my dear spouse, proof read the pieces to ensure that they appear error-free. We are thankful for their attention to this demanding task.

Even further behind the scenes is Web Monkey who maintains the backend of The Political Sword, ensuring that it opens consistently and performs as expected. The thousands of lines of code on blogENGINE are housed on a server in Singapore, which Web Monkey monitors and backs up regularly. We thank him for his support, now in its ninth year.

Lyn’s Links were an important part of The Political Sword in its formative years. They attracted many readers. When Lyn retired from this activity, Casablanca filled the void. We are indebted to them both for their contribution to the success of TPS over the years.

The TPS Ambassadors have given great support to TPS throughout 2016 by publicising on Facebook and Twitter every new piece posted on the site. We thank them for their continuing contribution to the site.

Finally, we thank those who visit TPS and TPS Extra, and those of you who leave comments that add so much to the vibrancy of the site.

Elsewhere you have been advised of the schedule for 2017, the ninth year of TPS.

We hope you have a refreshing break over the end-of-year period and join us again in 2017. There will continue to be much to write about in these turbulent political times, here and around the world.

With warmest Christmas Greetings and every Good Wish for 2017.

Ad astra


Comments (7) -

  • Michael Taylor

    12/25/2016 3:00:44 PM |

    I am honoured to be associated in some small way with The Political Sword. I have followed TPS for about six years and have always considered it one of the best sites for indepth analyses of Australia's political 'circus'.

    2017 is not yet here but we can expect more of the same as what we have seen in 2016. TPS will again be one of the sites I look to first.

  • Ad Astra

    12/26/2016 1:58:17 PM |

    Thank you Michael for your generous comment, and for all the support you and The AIMN have given TPS during 2016.

  • Patriciawa

    12/31/2016 3:37:51 PM |

    Miglo and Ad Astra!  How nice to find my two favorite blogmasters here in the one spot. Over the years at Café Whispers, AIMN and TPS you have  been such a help to me in developing my new late life career at polliepomes and as a commentator.

    So  - Happy New Year to you both and all our mutual friends and acquaintances too!

    Increasingly I am finding the web difficult to navigate and had at first thought it was my own ineptitude.  Sometimes I wonder if I am imagining it that the language is changing;  there are more choices popping up on the screen, some of which lead to dead-ends and which interrupt my train of thought.  The wrong choice can mean a lost hour, or an idea.

    I need to go so school again! I have tried that but I find my tutors taking so much for granted as their fingers whizz across the keyboard.  e.g. I lost this below, even to my own site as a draft, when I got all excited about what Eric Abetz had to say about Abbott and Lombardi.  The Pub, of course, is a very lively site but without the personal contacts like yourselves to whom I could turn for advice.  Editorial mentoring is long gone, I think!  eg I just can't get my title into Bold with a simple 'b' or Underlined with a 'u' and Italics for quotes with an 'i' - is that too much to ask?

    All, All Honorable Men?

    “Tony is an honorable man."
    "Cory is an honorable man."
    "Both of them are honorable men!”
    Said Eric Abetz, but then again,
    Is his opinion over-rated?
    I’d hardly call him educated,
    Unless he is trying very hard,
    To be our own Downunder Bard,
    And demonstrating subtlety,
    Referring thus to their treachery.
    Is he sick of them and of government,
    Secretly longing for retirement?

    I had thought I was working on a draft at The Pub, since that was where I saw the link via Leroy - which seems now to have vanished into thin air!  No here it is......
    www.canberratimes.com.au/.../...161229-gtjmc6.html … #auspol

  • Paticiawa

    12/31/2016 3:45:48 PM |

    No!    I've just checked that link and it's a modified version of the story I read yesterday - not very different, but it doesn't have the same details which originally appealed to me.

  • Ad Astra

    12/31/2016 4:40:33 PM |

    Patriciawa
    Thank you for your comment and your polliepome, delightful as always.

    Thank you too for link to The Canberra Times article that shows the disarray that exists in the Liberal Party. I can’t see them fixing this while Turnbull is leader. They are in self-destruct mode.

    The Internet is much more complicated and intense than when TPS began, and with ads and other distractions popping up everywhere, one’s usage allowance is soon chewed up.

    To use emphasis, place an opening and closing square bracket around i b or u followed by an opening and closing square bracket with / before i b or u

    All the best for 2107 - we look forward to seeing you back regularly.

  • TalkTurkey

    12/31/2016 8:00:49 PM |

    "All the best for 2107" - Ad astra  Smile

    Comrades All,
    This is the first time in many months that I have even visited this site. Why, you may ask.
    Well, I have agonised much and long over it. But as I explained to Ad per phone when he rang me weeks ago, it's because of a dilemma I find myself in.

    I used to write nearly every day when *J*U*L*I*A* was PM, and most of the time I used to end my contributions with my own battle cry, lifted from the magnificent Sandinistas of Nicaragua, VENCEREMOS! (We Will Win!) And I never said it without genuine conviction that we would indeed keep the barbaric RW hordes at bay.

    As soon as Rudd's perfidy overthrew *J*U*L*I*A*, I knew that Labor was in deep  trouble. And since then I have not felt that conviction of the inevitability of justice and truth prevailing in Australia, seeing my countrymen turn to a thug leading a band of crooks, yobs and rorters, with a Labor Opposition Leader who at best is far from inspirational, and a populace deeply divided by the extreme Right and bedevilled by a complicit Media who vilify and persecute such tiny fish as Thomson and Dastyari while lionizing treacherous Jackson and exonerating criminal Sinodinus.
    And the Australian public swallows it all, or at least enough of them to return this fraudulent Government.
    And now the world has been Trumped. This creature is like Abbort-gone-Godzilla, the ultimate expression of populism of the uneducated masses whose stupidity has been so painstakingly nurtured by Murdoch and his minions.
    So now my outlook is more than ever doleful, as I watch the Poles melt and the life-forms go extinct and the population explode, militarism rule supreme, and religion - which in my early years I had thought could not survive the Age of Science - bedevil human relationships from micro to macro world wide.

    You see, this is no message to spread on the valiant Political Sword, which has ever been Defender of the Light on the Hill. But tonight will end in fireworks, and in the glare of the New Year, perhaps, just perhaps, the World will see through the inanity of the Trumpophiles and reject the bigotry of religiomanes, and clutch at an increasingly desperate chance of a Future for Life on Earth. There's nothing else to hope for, so it's a case really of,
    "Once more into the breach, Dear Friends, once more!"
    And since there's nothing for it anyway, let me yet again yell full-throated as we approach this watershed New Year,
    VENCEREMOS! NO PASARAN!  

    HNY to All.  
        

  • Ad Astra

    1/1/2017 10:23:09 AM |

    Talk Turkey
    How good it is to see you writing on TPS again.

    I empathize with your feelings of despair about politics here and overseas. It is hard to explain why voters have chosen leaders and political parties that have flawed policies and seemingly little sense of direction. How those who fly in the face of the facts and eschew logic and reason can attract support is one on the political enigmas that bedevils our society as it attempts to adjust to the changes that are occurring all around us. The dominance of self-interest over the common good retards progress and heightens inequality. The power over political decision making of entrenched dogma and political ideology is not just astonishing; it threatens our way of life, the future of our nation, the destiny of the global economy, and indeed the fate of our planet.

    What we have witnessed during 2106 is that we cannot safely leave politics to the politicians. That has proved to be dangerous and unproductive. It is up to us as ordinary citizens to raise our small voices in protest, to point politicians towards more productive policies, to heighten the clamour for greater equity and fairness. There are better ways, which enlightened thinkers have described. It is up to us to thrust these before our politicians. It is through blogs like The Political Sword and other strong sites such as The AIMN, that our voices are expressed, promulgated via social media, and eventually heard by our politicians.

    I hope you will find the time and enthusiasm to have your voice heard during 2017.

    Best wishes to you and J for 2017.

    VENCEREMOS! NO PASARAN!  INDEED

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