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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:31 am
A Howard-bashing triple play from the Age; first up, Peter Gebhardt:
Of course, the current Prime Minister and, latterly, the Opposition Leader, have sought to capture the populist imagination, limited as it is, by trying to codify the values in a way that will satisfy the fears, prejudices and intolerances that the electorate has been fed unashamedly for the past decade. First, you create insecurities. Then you feed them to such a point that reason is displaced by unwarranted irrationality.
Gebhardt is my former high school principal. He’s always been a hopeless snob. Next up, Richard Neville:
It is said that a leader who thinks of the next election is a politician, but a leader who thinks of the next generation is a statesman. By that criterion, it is no mystery where history will place John Howard. The key threats facing Australia today, including environmental degradation, the rise of militarism and the decline of free speech, are rooted in a decade of toxic federal governance. Instead of storming TV, the views of voters are shaped by it and the shock-jocks.
Once we were larrikins with a taste of defiance; now we are lapdogs with a thirst for conformity.
Revolutionaries hate it when The People defy them. Finally, Traceeee Hutchison attempts satire. No extracts; it’s too ghastly.
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