This new page points to material posted on political websites, initially in Australia. It can be accessed by clicking the Blog Watch link in the upper right margin under 'site pages'. It is provided as a service along the lines Crikey provides Richard Farmer's Breakfast Media Wrap, which make perusing the daily online newspapers much easier.
As many visitors to political blogs are unable to visit daily, the updates will be in weekly batches, so that users can see the whole week at a glance. Where possible links are provided. The sites will be grouped under three categories initially: psephology, political, and social/economics
The sites listed to date are:
The Poll Bludger
The Political Sword
The Piping Shrike
Social and economics blogspots
On Line Opinion
Time will tell if I can keep this page sufficiently up to date.
Don’t get me wrong. Trump is not the dilemma to which I’m referring. His behaviour is no longer a quandary. With every word he utters, with every tweet, he confirms that his mental state continues to deteriorate to the point where commentator after commentator expresses astonishment and alarm at his...
When Prime Minister Morrison was advised there was the risk of uncontrolled spread of a deadly pandemic on the horizon early this year, he was slightly wiser than at Christmas when he left a burning Australia in the ‘capable’ hands of Deputy Prime Minister and National Party Leader Michael McCormack...
Back in 2013, I wrote a piece on The Political Sword with the curious title: The myth of political sameness. Its purpose was to debunk the commonly held view that ‘politicians are all the same’.I drew on the comprehensive work of George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist and philosopher at the University ...
There has been general praise for the Australian Governments (at all levels) and their management of the COVID19 pandemic. While the politicians signed off on the decisions, they listened to and generally acted on the advice of the state and federal Chief Medical Officers. In comparison to a lot of ...
In the 1970s and 1980s the slogan was ‘People trust Holden’; and they did. General Motors Holden had spent a lot of time and money over many years marketing Holden vehicles as Australia’s own car and as a result Holden sales were going gangbusters.
While a considerable amount of design, engineerin...
Are you as impressed as I am with Australia’s response to COVID-19? It is regarded as perhaps the most competent reaction, amongst similar nations, of how to manage an outbreak of a vicious virus.
Why is it so?
In my view, this outcome has resulted because our decision makers at both federal a...
Is China a bully?
If you stopped the average person in the street and asked this question, the answer would probably be a resounding ‘YES’.
A bully is defined as: Someone who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable.
So how could China be a bully...
A week or so ago, we discussed the union bashing disguised as concern for ‘essential workers’ from LNP MPs Andrew Laming and Peter Dutton. Unfortunately, the pitiful behaviours exhibited by these two LNP politicians is not reserved to the outer suburbs of Brisbane.
It is on the record that the Prem...
You may have seen Federal MP Andrew Laming’s comment in the media recently suggesting that parents send their children back to school, regardless of the recommendations of the various Education Departments around Australia. The ABC’s version of the story is here.
"Essential workers are being seco...
Code: Dx = diagnosis. ‘The clincher’ = a fact, argument, or event that settles a matter conclusively.
How many times have we questioned the mental status of POTUS Trump?
It was as far back as November 2016 that we began to do so with Let’s welcome President Trump. Even then, Michael Moore...
It seems Australia’s success so far in reducing the impacts of COVID 19 has a lot to do with the co-ordinated efforts of the various state governments and the federal government. Comparisons to other countries with similar qualities of life demonstrate Australians are experiencing less Coronavirus r...
Have you ever noticed there are some ‘special people’ in our society that are always hustling to gain a sniff of an advantage? With the current restrictions on life as we (used to) know it accepted by the majority of Australians in an effort to prevent a far worse tragedy, our hustlers seem to be li...
Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky.John Lennon
Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky.
The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.Theodore H White
The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy.
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.Bernard Baruch
Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing.
All issues are political; politics is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.George Orwell
All issues are political; politics is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.Leo Tolstoy
All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Wash, bleach and sanitize those bed sheets at the November election... America will heal when Trump and his enablers are gone. To change the world for the better, we can only hope that other Western countries being abused by conservative leaders get behind all good Americans and follow their lead...
I felt the need to make a few changes, I hope you it?"A flaming bag of dog crap, mixed with cats vomit, and wrapped in the used bed sheets of an incontinent imbecile with explosive diahhrhea."
The Republican Party is the political arm of big business and the president represents the corporate elite who back him. He was chosen for being a showman and a front man, not a statesman. Let's consider Trumps 800 million donated election funds and, his ensuing shadow cabinet. From an artic...