THE HOBGOBLIN OF LITTLE MINDS

A famous American once wrote “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds .” No, it wasn’t Donald Trump (I said “wrote”!). The quotation, however,  is a nice introduction to my theme: that politics is inimical to consistency of opinion. Barack Obama is a secret Moslem who wasn’t born in America. Donald Trump is, wittingly […]

THE DEMOCRATIC ILLUSION

Isn’t it wonderful that we live in a democratic system? Government by the people! Not like in those bad old days when we were ruled by kings!  Bullshit, bullshit and bullshit. All government is a racket.  From time to time a new set of rulers emerges after a process designed to confer the appearance of […]

WHAT’S IT TO YOU, SPORT?

(This post is based on a conversation I had recently on Facebook. To the other people who participated: thank you for the stimulation. If I’ve stolen any of your original thoughts, I apologise.) I hate all national anthems. I hate people feeling obliged to stand up for them and feeling superior to those who don’t. […]

CONVICTION POLITICS

Like many other Australians I have convict ancestors. As far as I remember this was never a secret in my family but in  society at large it was something to keep quiet about. When I was a kid  “official” opinion still held that the only real Australians were those who thought of themselves as transplanted […]