Been studying up on Daniel Hannan’s new book entitled: Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World. Obviously I need to ensure that quality is ensured before making a purchase, so I am encouraged by the following answer Hannan gave to the following question, “Who do you think is in worse shape today culturally, politically and economically — the US or the UK?”
… neither the US nor the UK is an especially good advertisement for Anglosphere values these days. Canadians are doing better than either of us, Australians better yet. Their prime ministers, Stephen Harper and Tony Abbott, are the true leaders of the free world.
I think Australia has a good deal more clout than what we give ourselves credit for.
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.
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.
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.