Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (06:41 pm)
Wish the great man the very best:
All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu was in a stable condition in Auckland Hospital’s kidney ward, New Zealand’s Herald on Sunday has reported.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (06:14 pm)
It’s not a good sign that Julia Gillard has had to buy in overseas talent to manage her media unit:
The appointment (of John McTernan) was announced to staff yesterday and he will replace Russell Mahoney, who stepped down from the role last month to become one of Ms Gillard’s foreign-affairs advisers.
Mr McTernan was Mr Blair’s director of political operations after working as a senior policy adviser.... Mr McTernan also assisted the Scottish Labour Party with its election campaign before coming to Australia to be part of South Australian Premier Mike Rann’s Thinkers-in-Residence program.
True, McTernan has spent some time here, but he takes on a job in which personal relationships with journalists - especially those not in Canberra - are important, and even more so a refusal to accept the Canberra conventional wisdom. The best at this kind of job have an almost visceral understanding of their true audience - the public, and especially those parts of it in the vast suburbs beyond the view of most professional commentators. Reading poll figures is an inadequate substitute. Wasn’t it only a year or two ago that the polls showed the public would really, really love a “price on carbon”?
On the other hand, his blog reveals that he’s an excellent commentator with a talons for typing fingers. That, and his undoubted intelligence, puts him way ahead of almost all other commentators of the Left here, as does his humor. And the disastrous judgment of the Australians running Gillard’s media strategy so far suggest he hasn’t had much to beat.
Let’s see if he’s as conscious of what he doesn’t know as he is of what he does. He’ll know he’s there when he’s more inclined to love Australian voters than lecture them.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (05:40 pm)
Chris Christie is our man. And Jennifer Rubin’s scenario speaks to us:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lives in Medham Township (not the official governor’s residence) with his wife, Mary Pat, and their four kids. You can imagine that like many Americans he will come home from work, have dinner and sit down with his spouse to watch the Republican debate. As many of us do, you can imagine him screaming at the TV set as the frustration mounts. What would he holler at each of them?
She has a rich archive to inspire her, though - and to excite the rest of us:
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (04:46 pm)
I don’t think Kristina Keneally rates Kevin Rudd.
Putting it mildly.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (01:51 pm)
Reader Angela wonders if some of my critics suffer from Bolt Derangement Syndrome.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (11:32 am)
Tanveer Ahmed underlines the stupidity of our fashionable insistence on differences of “race” that are actually trivial, if not undetectable:
A core weakness of liberal democracy is its weak collective identity amid unprecedented diversity. These challenges remain at the forefront for Western governments, highlighted in recent months by riots in Britain and mass murder in Norway.
When the first sprouts of violence emerged in the London riots, the initial hypotheses revolved around the contributions of race…
It has become clear that race did not explain these extraordinary developments in Britain. Several commentators have jokingly called the riots a triumph of multiculturalism, given that white, black and Asian faces took part… In spite of these trends, race still permeates much of the discussions. The uncomfortable question has been the degree to which tensions between different ethnic communities and the wider issues of race and cultural alienation have played a part in some areas....
In Britain, despite years of official exhortations to “celebrate diversity”, many people retreated into their ethnic camps. This was apparent during the riots, where ethnic groups, whether they were looting or protecting their communities, were often segregated into their specific groups, be it Asian, West Indian or white.
Britain has pursued a policy of actively promoting racial equality, from setting targets for representation of certain racial groups in public sector organisations to passing racial vilification laws.
But if white people are constantly told how culturally different their Asian or black neighbours are, and if Asians and blacks are told to be vigilant against white racism, all groups might conclude that they have little in common. Grievances over issues such as population and housing exacerbate the tensions.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (10:11 am)
Samantha Maiden counts the MPs who face the choice between Rudd or an end to their career:
They’re being dubbed Julia’s martyrs - three dozen MPs whose political futures are on the chopping block.
While the Prime Minister has the strong backing of her Cabinet, there is growing support among backbenchers who risk losing their seats on the basis of current polling.
Senior ministers who are backing Ms Gillard’s leadership are also in the firing line. The Gillard Cabinet would be a political killing field on the basis of the polling with up to six ministers to lose their seats.
Ministers to go would include Treasurer Wayne Swan, Defence Minister Stephen Smith, Attorney-General Robert McClelland, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, Education Minister Peter Garrett and Trade Minister Craig Emerson.
Special Minister of State Gary Gray and Childcare Minister Kate Ellis, who are not in Cabinet, are also in danger.
The only Queensland Cabinet minister left standing would be Kevin Rudd.
But the real action is among a growing number of backbenchers who never agreed with the leadership change. They want the Prime Minister to be given until Christmas to get a handle on the carbon tax and the asylum-seeker debate.
(Thanks to reader Alan RM Jones.)
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (06:13 am)
Pauline Hanson will ring a lot of bells with her assessment of Julia Gillard:
I don’t think she has the vision, I don’t think she has the leadership and I think she is the worst prime minister we have ever had and that’s the general feel of people I speak to.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (06:07 am)
I’m not surprised so many people believe in quack cures, given that so many people also believe man can “stop” global warming:
HEALTH authorities have failed to keep up with an explosion in natural therapists as lives are put at risk from untested, unproven and potentially dangerous services. ... Grave concerns about the policing of alternative operators this year prompted the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council to launch a review of regulation. The body, due to report to health ministers in November, consulted with representative associations and found there were at least 200,000 practitioners.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (06:00 am)
Chris Berg warns Julia Gillard that her $10 billion “clean energy” fund could buy her a mess just like Solyndra:
Solyndra was the jewel in the crown of Barack Obama’s green energy program. This California-based solar cell manufacturer received a $US535 million loan guarantee from the US government in 2009. Part of the administration’s stimulus package, the guarantee was supposed to help spark the green revolution.
When Obama visited the company in May 2010, he announced Solyndra would demonstrate that ‘’the promise of clean energy isn’t just an article of faith’’ and would lead the way ‘’towards a brighter and more prosperous future’’…
But last month Solyndra declared it was bankrupt. A year and a half after Obama waxed lyrical about the oodles of green jobs the company would create, 1100 people are out of work. There’s a criminal investigation under way…
Solyndra is Obama’s Enron. Not only a political mess (one of the company’s private investors is a major Democrat donor), but it’s a huge policy mess, too.
So why should Gillard care? Because the program that financed Solyndra does much the same thing as her proposed Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (05:47 am)
Does the desperate love of a middle-aged man for a trophy model prove he’s thinking with the wrong organ even when he gets down to business?
When Arnaud Lagardere, one of France’s most important press barons and aerospace bosses, appeared in a kitsch video declaring his undying love for a Belgian swimwear model less than half his age and a foot taller, it wasn’t just seen as a lapse of taste.
The 50-year-old’s decision to participate in the video made some in the sober French finance world question his ability to run his business. The video has become France’s viral internet hit of the year.
It was the first time the French business world, normally discreet about its private life, had seen a chief executive so publicly cavorting. Some called it ‘’economic suicide’’ for Mr Lagardere, who heads the Lagardere media group, which publishes Elle and Paris Match, and has a stake in the European aerospace and defence group EADS.
Andrew Bolt – Sunday, September 25, 11 (05:28 am)
As I suggested on Wednesday,even the AFL clubs are now turning against the Gillard Government’s pokies deal with Andrew Wilkie:
There is growing support among the presidents to use Grand Final week to launch a public campaign against the mandatory pre-commitment reforms proposed by Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie…
Victorian AFL clubs control about 2500 of the state’s almost 30,000 pokies…
But if the reforms don’t pass Parliament, Mr Wilkie, who helped deliver government to Labor, is threatening to switch his support to Tony Abbott.
“We have spoken to government and expressed our concerns, and will continue to do so,” AFL media manager Patrick Keane said yesterday…
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire told Channel 9 on Friday that clubs were endangered by the changes....
Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett yesterday predicted the Wilkie amendments would fail…
“The Gillard Government is going to wipe out RSL clubs right throughout the state.”
This will hurt Labor, since many of the clubs speak straight to Labor supporters.
This campaign is sweet revenge for Karl Bitar, who has masterminded it for Crown after being unfairly blamed for Julia Gillard’s own sins and dumped as Labor’s national secetary.
The only question is whether Andrew Wilkie will indeed act on his threat to withdraw his support for the Gillard Government - and whether this means he’ll vote it down.
Dear Mr./Ms. “Proudly”:
Thanks for your e-mail response to my post explaining why Pat Buchanan is mistaken when he insists that “You cannot have a rising standard of living when your highest-paid production jobs are being exported overseas.”
You write that, unlike me, “Pat lives in the real world.” You imply that economics is sophistry used to conceal truths that to persons such as Mr. Buchanan and yourself are plain enough in the absence of any serious pondering.
So let me make my point from a direction opposite the one I took in my post. That point, you’ll recall, is that scarcity isn’t wealth, and (hence) government efforts to prevent goods and services from becoming less scarce retard, rather than promote, economic growth.
Suppose Dr. Evil Genius engineers, and unleashes on America, swarms of insects that extract oxygen from the air. These insects attack randomly, killing a hundred or so Americans every hour.
The horror of these suffocations prompts American scientists and entrepreneurs to develop a device that, worn around the neck, protects each of its wearers from the insects. This device, alas, is costly. Yet to avoid suffocation Americans willingly buy these pricey devices. And many Americans find high-wage jobs in factories producing these devices.
Evil Dr. Genius made breathable air scarce. Producers responded to this situation by making it less scarce. And they’re paid handsomely for their successful efforts.
Should we therefore conclude that Dr. Evil Genius has bestowed on Americans a benefit? After all, he caused the creation of plenty of high-paid production jobs. And should we lament it if foreigners eventually find ways to produce and sell this life-saving device to Americans at a fraction of the cost at which this device can be produced in the U.S.?
If you agree with Pat Buchanan, you must also agree that Dr. Evil Genius would be a genuine boon to America’s economy – and that anyone who devises a low-cost means of eradicating once and for all Dr. Genius’s swarming insects would be an economic curse that Congress should well and truly tax into inactivity before he or she succeeds in killing off the suffocating, but economically blessed, bugs.
Donald J. Boudreaux
… is from page 253 of Sir Henry Sumner Maine’s brilliant 1861 book Ancient Law:
It is certain that the science of Political Economy, the only department of moral inquiry which has made any considerable progress in our day, would fail to correspond with the facts of life if it were not true that Imperative Law had abandoned the largest part of the field which it once occupied, and had left men to settle rules of conduct for themselves with a liberty never allowed to them til recently. The bias indeed of most persons trained in political economy is to consider the general truth on which their science reposes as entitled to become universal, and, when they apply it as an art, their efforts are ordinarily directed to enlarging the province of Contract and to curtailing that of Imperative Law, except so far as law is necessary to enforce the performance of Contracts.