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Dave Follett sends Michael Leunig to the madhouse:


This week’s column – or anything by Leunig, in fact – explains why.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/24/2008 at 04:48 AM
    1. Another excellent column and another excellent drawing from Mr. Follett.

      Have you given him a payrise yet Tim?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 02 24 at 05:09 AM • permalink


    1. The War is over?  Does that mean no more trolls?

      Do we get a parade?  Marching band?


      What?  We lost?  Wron I think you’d better check up on what Stoop Davy Foley was upto in his absence…

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2008 02 24 at 05:11 AM • permalink


    1. I dunno, Tim, forgive me for this critique, but I felt this column wasn’t up to the usual standard. I think it is best when you wittle them down with gentle humour, this was almost demolishing with sledge hammer wit. Too easy to tip over into nasty.

      ‘cept where you said that Caldicott was ruining the truthers’ credibility.  I liked that.

      A beautiful soul, Helen is.

      Posted by entropy on 2008 02 24 at 05:17 AM • permalink


    1. To be honest, I’ve never actually had to face a rabid leftist face-to-fact. Oh sure, I’ve worked with misguided peeps who feel that their views might be the truth and the whole truth. I’ve seen others froth at the mouth with the fervency(?) of their beliefs. But I’ve never met an outright, barking mad, certifiable public loony like Leunig.

      This is probably a good thing. I don’t react well to strange situations and/or people. It’s not so much that I refuse to see them, it’s more that in my line of work, leftists usually end up simulating Lenin. As ex-parrots.

      Posted by CB on 2008 02 24 at 05:20 AM • permalink


    1. best when you wittle them down with gentle humour, this was almost demolishing with sledge hammer wit.

      Being diagnosed and treated with potentially fatal cancer will do that to you. I too noticed a different tone to Tim’s writing. And I recognised myself in it. Keep up the good work Tim.

      Posted by CB on 2008 02 24 at 05:23 AM • permalink


    1. Why do we continue to waste valuable bytes on this pathetic little virus?

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 02 24 at 05:28 AM • permalink


    1. A good column Tim.

      You can only laugh at all the ironies, people crying about the lack of available dissent under Howard, now calling for a ‘cleansing’ of obverse opinions.

      You can only laugh at a guy like Leunig who on one week, wept about an apology to Aborigines and the next, without batting an eyelid called for an apology to Lizards. The culinary relationship between Aborigines and Lizards being totally lost on him.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 02 24 at 05:37 AM • permalink


    1. From the previous thread, #229 Ash, Sharpe Jr on Australia Day.

      Posted by Richard Sharpe on 2008 02 24 at 05:37 AM • permalink


    1. #8 Awww, he’s adorable Richard.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 02 24 at 05:39 AM • permalink


    1. A sharper edge to Tim’s column is to be expected. Last year we could giggle at the inane schemes of the left. This year we have to live with them. It like having a stroke that leaves you paralysed and mute and for a treat you are taken to a long long lunch where Phillip Adams, Julia Gillard, Traceeee Hutchison, Michael Leunig, Bob Brown and Kevin Rudd are the other guests. Of course you’ll get angry.

      Posted by Contrail on 2008 02 24 at 05:41 AM • permalink


    1. Speaking of lefties…

      Did anyone else choke back the bile and read David Marr’s latest travel piece in the SMH.

      What a f’wit. Poncing around Spain within a large cloud of smugness; he can’t resist making snide and asinine remarks regarding Americans (crass), Spaniards (lazy but bloodthirsty).
      The only heroes in his piece are the poor Moors.. and the tragedy of their loss of Andalusia.


      Posted by duncanm on 2008 02 24 at 05:51 AM • permalink


    1. #11 A travel piece by David Marr?
      No doubt entitled ‘my trip along the Hershey Highway’

      Posted by Nic on 2008 02 24 at 06:11 AM • permalink


    1. Uh-oh… is Dr. Helen Caldicott a woman?  Stand by for a scolding from g&t.  Because women just became editors.  Or something.

      I admit it, his argument is far too subtle for me.  From where I stand, it appears that nobody can criticize a woman for anything because they’ve been oppressed, plus they’re frail pathetic hapless creatures.  But nobody posting here, even a troll, is really that stupid, right?

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2008 02 24 at 06:32 AM • permalink


    1. Caldicott was one of the ‘useful idiots’ the KGB funded back in the days of the Cold War. She was especially idiotic, and thus they thought her especially useful.

      Of course, the trouble with funding idiots is that… well… they are idiots, which may go some way to explaining why the Commies lost the Cold War.

      Let’s face it. The KGB were dumb enough to think that giving money to cretinous, total off-the-planet whackjob douchebags like Caldicott was actually a good idea.

      This goes some way to explaining why socialism was and remains such a spectacularly stupid concept.


      Posted by MarkL on 2008 02 24 at 06:40 AM • permalink


    1. Best Leunig cartoon ever.
      Can’t believe I was the first in with that punchline.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 02 24 at 06:42 AM • permalink


    1. Nice one Tim and Dave!

      Posted by MannyC on 2008 02 24 at 06:47 AM • permalink


    1. There’s a sentimental notion in the Arab world that this part of Spain remains their inheritance

      Mother of Jehosphat! Sentimental huh? For clarification of terms of “sentimentality”, see Al Queerda for definition. Let them know what back roads you like to travel at the same time.

      Posted by CB on 2008 02 24 at 06:54 AM • permalink


    1. Beautiful column Tim.
      More edgy than usual.
      Stick it to them, besides dissent is good for the soul.
      Who knows you may get a free trip to Spain, just ask dissenter in chief David Marr.

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2008 02 24 at 06:55 AM • permalink


    1. I think it is best when you wittle them down with gentle humour, this was almost demolishing with sledge hammer wit. Too easy to tip over into nasty.

      Progress against today’s “progressives” isn’t always a matter of applying the Roman theatrical saying, ridendo castigat mores (satire corrects the customs of the day). This is especially true when so many of them are not only impervious to humour but positively inclined to see it as tantamount to intellectual capitulation. What’s more, the preponderance of like-minded leftists in culture, arts, media and letters means they not only don’t get the joke; they’re shielded from being corrected by it. Ever. I think we of the non-left have to depend less on mickey-taking and more on case-making.

      Improbus a nullo flectitur obsequio.

      Posted by C.L. on 2008 02 24 at 06:57 AM • permalink


    1. Tim mentions in the article that Leunig has changed for the worse over time. I agree. My auntie has a beautiful Leunig poem from many, many years ago framed on her wall. I know it by heart:

      Grandpa ran away to sea
      Father went away to war
      I’m away to a good cafe
      With a smart Italian floor

      Grandpa faced a world of cruelty
      Father faced his frightened heart
      I have faced a coffee laced
      With cognac – and a lemon tart

      Grandpa learned of loneliness
      Father learned of dreadful sadness
      I have learned that a croissant burned
      Is the depth of human madness.

      There’s a kind of touching self-deprecation that has been missing more recently.

      Posted by Zuzzy on 2008 02 24 at 07:03 AM • permalink


    1. #19 Oderint dum metuat

      Not particularly phased over what the average western communist thinks.

      Posted by CB on 2008 02 24 at 07:06 AM • permalink


    1. Follett’s a plagiarist.

      I demand my royalties in bold tags.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 02 24 at 07:06 AM • permalink


    1. C.L. I love latin quotes! Our state motto in NSW, obviously aimed at loved ones in the morning when they’ve overslept and stagger blearily into the kitchen/family room:
      “Newly arisen, how brightly thou shine.”
      (orta recens quam pura nites)
      Or the RAAF one, celebrating the role of the wives in their ongoing support role:
      “Through adversity to dancing with the stars.”
      (per ardua ad astra)

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 02 24 at 07:09 AM • permalink


    1. Great column Tim. It’s articles like these (and Dave Follet’s illustrations) that are no doubt partially responsible for the Telegraph selling out on Saturdays.

      As noted here, other people are having problems too. Newsagents, supermarkets and service stations in the inner northern suburbs of Canberra in particular seem to be having big distribution problems (or popularity problems) and sell out of the Tele well before midday (in spite of the fact that it’s chardonnay socialist territory). Whereas the two metre high piles of unsold copies of the SMH and Age speak for themselves.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2008 02 24 at 07:20 AM • permalink


    1. #20
      Sums up the sacrifice made by others so that left tilting idiots can say and do whatever they like, to the denigration of society and it’s values.One I liked by him was in a newspaper, a little poem about an “ordinary bloke”.

      I love this new one, better than they’ve been for years, maybe sectioning Mr Curly will lead to enforced meds and some sanity.

      Or not.

      (yes, I know he didn’t do it)

      Posted by kae on 2008 02 24 at 07:29 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, and I really liked the column, too. Maybe Caldicott could have an adjoining room with Mr Curly?

      Posted by kae on 2008 02 24 at 07:30 AM • permalink


    1. The poem from Loonig at #20 indicates one thing, and one thing alone.

      His father and grandfather were better men than he. He looks into his own heart devoid of purpose and meaning, and knows he’s found wanting.

      Posted by CB on 2008 02 24 at 07:34 AM • permalink


    1. Zuzzy (#20) I have to confess that I once appreciated Michael Leunig’s work. He had a whimsical and gentle outlook on life, his drawings were gently humorous, and as you say, often self deprecating or poked gentle fun at the world around him.
      I have a copy of his book, “The Bedtime Leunig” c. 1981, and it is a classic, and a prized inhabitant of my bookshelves.It is all the more distressing to see a once favourite artist descending into the depths of stupidity and bitterness when you once seriously considered him truly gifted.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2008 02 24 at 07:45 AM • permalink


    1. Brilliant column, Tim.

      More power to the sledgehammer in these strange and disgusting times!

      Posted by McAnzac on 2008 02 24 at 08:05 AM • permalink


    1. #19 Dagnabit C.L., now you’ve done gone and made me hate my education at the hands of the NSW teachers’ federation even more.

      Posted by entropy on 2008 02 24 at 08:09 AM • permalink


    1. #4 I’ve met quite a few leftists face-to-angry-face, and the speed with which they can push buttons is reeeeeeemarkable.

      Of course, it means that their buttons get pushed pretty quickly too,which is always fun, but it’s tense stuff.

      Not for the faint-hearted, but it do build character, oh yes indeedy. It’s also good if you have a capcity to stay calm in the face of insanity.

      Hard to do on the hop, at least for me.

      What I have found is that even among leftists there are those who have a sense of humour or wonder about their “cause” sometimes. They’re the ones to talk to.

      Just cos they’re there doesn’t mean they’re 100% committed. Some only join up to bonk the object of their desire, for instance.
      Others cos they’re bored or exploring.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2008 02 24 at 08:29 AM • permalink


    1. #20 Leunig’s strength has always been his noticing of fragility in the human spirit and paying homage to it with the duck and the pen.(And being able to get paid for it, so there are some real-world skills there somewhere!)

      Well and good.
      It’s when he tries to ANALYSE the outside world and its motives that he falls so spectacularly on his shrivelled, lizard-placating ass. He has no analytic skills – none. He cannot see the world and has no interest in reading or learning about it.

      Unfortunately, someone persuaded him to venture out of his brain and we all lose brain cells from the sheer frustration of it.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2008 02 24 at 08:40 AM • permalink


    1. #30 The power of Google, my friend, the power of Google. 😉

      Posted by C.L. on 2008 02 24 at 09:54 AM • permalink


    1. #2 The_Wizard_of_WOZ –

      What?  We lost?  Wron I think you’d better check up on what Stoop Davy Foley was upto in his absence…

      I’m first checking on whether this is the real Stoop Davy Dave.  I trust no one.

      Posted by wronwright on 2008 02 24 at 10:05 AM • permalink


    1. paco,

      Here’s an action photo of Alpha Team I* of the VRWC.  Taken a couple months before Stoop Davy Dave ran amock.  SDD is the unshaven one in the front.  Please compare this photo with the stranger who just showed up.

      * Not to be mistaken for Beta Team II, an all female team comprised of RebeccaH, kae, Pogria, and missred, which seems to go shopping everytime we hand it an assignment.

      Posted by wronwright on 2008 02 24 at 10:28 AM • permalink


    1. #35 Wronwright: I dunno. It’s a very good likeness. But this guy FHF – well, his mustache has some gray in it, and his eyebrows seem a little less bushy. I think we ought to wait until the results of the DNA test come back. And there’s one curious thing that still makes me skeptical – he completely turned up his nose when I placed a bowl of goat chow in front of him.

      Posted by paco on 2008 02 24 at 11:14 AM • permalink


    1. Ha!  Primo column, Tim!

      And I agree with the sledgehammer approach.

      First, gadflies are always necessary in a “majority rule” society, lest the majority gets too arrogant.  And the Oz lefties can’t complain, they live by this rule.

      Second, smacking these clowns with a clue by four is necessary, regardless of their position; they live in La La Land, and need a reality injection now and then.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 02 24 at 12:04 PM • permalink


    1. #35, don’t diss the shopping, wronwright.  You wouldn’t have that super duper security system on your mead cellar, OR the attack dachshunds if we hadn’t gone shopping for you.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 02 24 at 12:24 PM • permalink


    1. #38, Bec, attack dachshunds?

      I was wondering what my Newfie (dog)*, was chewing on the other day.

      I thought he’d just got a real big rat.  Oh wait, he did.

      *: Insert ‘crappy Wikipedia link rant here’

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2008 02 24 at 12:49 PM • permalink


    1. #39, we debated over attack dachshunds or Leunig ducks.  The dachshunds just made more sense.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 02 24 at 01:05 PM • permalink


    1. Brilliant, Tim.  Great job.  Leunig is one more missing brain cell away from living in a dumpster.

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2008 02 24 at 01:26 PM • permalink


    1. #40, Bec, Ummmmm…

      I guess I cant argue with that logic.

      I just dont particularly like dogs I need to bend down to pat.

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2008 02 24 at 01:28 PM • permalink


    1. Does David Marr have a smug face?  Because I’d like to punch it if so.

      Posted by ushie on 2008 02 24 at 01:47 PM • permalink


    1. Also, I really would like an atomic duck of my own.

      Posted by ushie on 2008 02 24 at 01:50 PM • permalink


    1. Great column. Very funny.

      Posted by viz on 2008 02 24 at 04:09 PM • permalink


    1. Terrific column Tim. Glad I’m not unique in thinking that Tim has a sharper edge in his writing these days. I like it !

      Posted by greene on 2008 02 24 at 04:36 PM • permalink


    1. I love that cartoon. Leunig will see it and feel hurt and harassed. Poor man. He needs to develop intellectually, because if he wants to dish it out he needs to learn how to take it.

      Also – very funny column.

      Posted by Apple77 on 2008 02 24 at 06:27 PM • permalink


    1. #27 – CB, he does more than find himself wanting in relation to Father & Grandfather…he’s proven he’s unworthy of carrying the name.

      Posted by KC on 2008 02 24 at 08:20 PM • permalink


    1. Michael Leunig must be a genius, Fairfax says so.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 24 at 08:28 PM • permalink


    1. #19
      depend less on mickey-taking and more on case-makingUnless they’re brutally truthful one-liners

      As in Latin mottoes …

      Æquari pavet alta minori.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 02 24 at 08:30 PM • permalink


    1. #43
      Does David Marr have a smug face?  Because I’d like to punch it if so.He’s prolly taken a few hits in the ring …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 02 24 at 08:38 PM • permalink


    1. #51
      DM takes his hits somewhere else we are told.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 02 24 at 09:27 PM • permalink


    1. #19 C.L.,
      Non illegitimus carborundum.So there.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2008 02 25 at 12:23 AM • permalink


    1. Enough with the latin already, Dont make me sow your lips shut.

      Exitus Acta Probat.

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2008 02 25 at 12:47 AM • permalink


  1. SEW, dammit, a meant sew.

    See I have enough trouble with English…

    Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2008 02 25 at 12:49 AM • permalink