Interesting history of global warming and environmentalism – interview here.
Apparently there are plans a foot to re-introduce third class train travel in the UK. Well, if it is anything like Victorian era 3rd class (see picture) then I’d pay for it.
By comparison, a trip on a suburban Sydney train would be the equivalent of something approaching 5th class (if there was ever such a thing).
The EU did not bring peace to Europe. Millions of dead allied service personnel, along with US tax-payers, brought peace to Europe.
Professor Ross Fitzgerald has a devastating take on Gillard’s incompetence.
The ABC is running a new history series called Australia On Trial. This week was an analysis of the Eureka Rebellion of December 1854. The programme claimed that the rebellion, particularly the trial of the rebels, gave birth to Australian democracy. This is a ridiculous claim, as David Flint has written:
The second Australian Constitutions Act, 1850, “An Act for the better Government of Her Majesty’s Australian Colonies”, brought similar reforms to the other colonies (except for the Moreton Bay district – Queensland – which was attached to the New South Wales legislative council until 1859). This act was extremely important. It empowered the various colonies to draft their own constitutions, although they were still to be approved by the Colonial Office in London before being presented for the Queen’s assent. The New South Wales and Victorian Constitutions received royal assent on July 16, 1855.
To strike down another myth: the bills were in London well before the Eureka Stockade. Whatever the Eureka Stockade achieved it was not democracy.
It was the intent of the colonies to instigate a franchise well before the Eureka Rebellion began.
It is also with some irony that the unions today wave the Eureka flag as their own, when it was used by foreign small business mining operators during the rebellion; People not exactly aligned with the union movement.
Next week is the Myall Creek massacre, which Keith Windschuttle has claimed is the only genuine frontier massacre that we know of. See what spin the propaganda chiefs at the ABC put on it.
The Bolt Report:
…and at CPAC 2012, USA:
Daniel Hannan for PM.
I don’t presume to think that Tony Abbott is a big government conservative. Some people say he is, but reading Abbott’s Battelines I don’t get that feeling at all. The coming election however, will be a choice between big government and affordable government – not so much small government. I am prepared to accept this, because it sets us on the road to small government during a first term coalition government. We have to be pragmatic. Supporters need to accept this early on so they don’t get a shock come election time and become disillusioned; the same way we felt when Turnbull was leading. In this context I strongly recommend readers listen to Mark Steyn talk about his new book After America. It is essentially the Battelines for our time, the ammunition to return fire against the ABC and other ALP apparatchiks. I just wish an Australian talk back host would have Steyn on to discuss his book.
I read American Alone, looking forward to After America.
America is no longer a AAA nation. It is a hard reality that many conservatives are struggling to come to terms with. Not necessarily permanent, but that is how America is right now. I’m afraid that under Gillard Australia is heading in the same direction.
Now that ANZAC day is fast approaching what better way to honour the diggers of yesteryear than a good anti-Australian conspiracy rant from John Pilger via the ABC – paid for by tax-payers of course. Pilger’s article is full of strange anecdotes about people blowing their heads up and something about Australian troops being US mercenaries. Pilger’s first claim that can actually be subjected to some type of test is:
The assault on the Turkish Dardanelles was one of the essential crimes of imperial war…
Crime according to what law? Well we are not told. Pilger’s entire career is based on making points that rarely have any reference to evidence or are even elaborated with stylised facts. That does not seem to stop the ABC lapping Pilger up though. He goes on:
Anzac Day has become the preserve of those who manipulate the cult of state violence – militarism – in order to satisfy a psychopathic deference to foreign power and to pursue its aims. And the “legend” has no room for the only war fought on Australian soil: that of the Aboriginal people against the European invaders. In a land of cenotaphs, not one stands for them.
Evidence for this Aboriginal war? Well Pilger does not bother discussing any.
Australia’s military budget is A$32 billion a year, one of the highest in the world. Australian Cruise missiles will soon be aimed at Asia for the first time.
????? Anyone reading the above statement might think Australia some type of imperial power. I think it is a fair bet that China has a military budget much bigger than ours. Not a word though from Pilger. But guess whose fault it really is:
Rupert Murdoch controls 70 per cent of the capital city press and his “ethic” is widespread.
Oh boy….reach for the pills….. It gets crazier. Pilger claims the US was part of a plot or coup to get rid of Rudd. Gillard is apparently some type of US spy or something. Then some how Pilger starts writing about:
….a dozen horses of the Sydney Tramway Company also “answered the call” but expired during the long voyage.
Relevance??? Then Pilger ends with an anti-Israel rant and something about Nazis, of course.
TAX PAYERS HAVE PAID FOR THIS RUBBISH!!!!!!