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.
If you have a memory that is better than the media and Coalition Government hope you do, you would probably remember when the Rudd ALP Government, challenged by what are arguably similar economic conditions to those today, primed the economy with a three pronged approach. The theory was that there w...
It’s happened again! Just when thoughtful folk believed world leadership could not become more bizarre than it is, Boris Johnson gets the nod from Britain’s Tories. To confound those who imagined that Donald Trump’s election in the land of the brave and the free could hardly be replicated on the oth...
You may have seen recently that Dick Smith was somewhat flummoxed when he noticed that the Australian Taxation legislation is configured in such a way that he received $0.5 million in franking credits in a financial year. While it would be easy to suggest to Smith and (probably) others with similar ...
At the 1949 ALP Convention, then Prime Minister Ben Chifley delivered the ‘Light on the Hill’ speech. The speech is seen as a declaration of ‘traditional’ ALP values
as a movement bringing something better to the people, better standards of living, greater happiness to the mass of the people. We...
There are certain responsibilities when you are driving a vehicle. You are required to comply with rules such as not being affected by drugs or alcohol, not checking your social media accounts while driving, maintaining control over your vehicle, parking only where allowed and so on. Some who make a...
This piece is short and snappy. I know that, like me, you fume when politicians steadfastly refuse to answer a question directly, preferring to prevaricate by evading an answer altogether, giving an answer to a question they would prefer to answer, or wandering off into a boring recital of the dot p...
Those of you who hear experts describe in frightening terms the dire state of our economy, and then hear the faux reassurances that issue from the mouths of our Treasurer and Prime Minister, must wonder if they live in some parallel universe, where, reminiscent of Humpty Dumpty, words can mean anyth...
Frequently, when presented with a problem, we attempt to treat the symptom rather than the real issue. For example, if every morning when you get in your car you notice that one of the tyres looks a bit flat, you could treat the symptom by calling in at the nearest petrol station and putting more ai...
Make no mistake – Dutton’s thirst for power remains unquenched. His conviction that he is ‘the better man’ to be prime minister continues unabated. This piece argues that in pursuit of this lofty goal, he has now consciously embarked on a process best described as ‘Duttonisation’.
Let me explain....
And that has nothing to do with fuel marketing cycles that seem to afflict larger cities around the country, the cost of importing fuel because the multi-national refining companies have determined it is not economic to produce fuel in Australia or any one of the hundreds of other theories of why it...
You’ve probably heard politicians and commentators suggest that various acts should be undertaken because ‘they’ve got a mandate’. One of the recent examples is new Environment Minister Angus Taylor claiming there is now a ‘mandate’ for a lack of any meaningful action on managing climate change in A...
I could commence this piece by debating why slogans influence voters, no matter how tiresome, no matter how monotonous. But why bother? We know they work. Why bother to question their use, or scorn those who use them? It is surely more practical to examine how to use them creatively. This piece is j...
“I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians."Pauline Hanson
“I believe we are in danger of being swamped by Asians."
There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.William Barclay
There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.
Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.Hubert H. Humphrey
Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
Often when I pray I wonder if I am posting letters to a non-existent address.C. S. Lewis
Often when I pray I wonder if I am posting letters to a non-existent address.
He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.George Eliot
He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
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Thanks 2353, Hi Ad astra et al,
I must say the very existence of Jacinda Ardern rubs salt into the unhealing wounds of the last election.
When I first stated writing here, around the time of the 2010 election, we were so hopeful, so proud of our new PM *J*U*L*I*A*, and we led the wor...
Florence; you're right. Last time I looked playing the pokies was a legal activity and gainfully employs people to manage the machines, sell the food and drink that you can purchase while playing and so on.
Its not up to Andrew Bolt or anyone else to determine if someone playing the pok...