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John Howard on playwright David Williamson:

He shouldn’t go on cruise ships.

UPDATE. Here’s to a decade of political success!

Posted by Tim B. on 03/01/2006 at 10:10 PM
    1. What? We’re eating up the earth’s resources? What about that renewable energy we hear so much about?
      If only the arab oil was coming to an end. That would be the end of them financing all sorts of bad behaviour, all over the place. Then we could just continue to pay about $40 a barrel for reclaimed Canadian oil from their sand/oil deposits, estimated at something like four hundred years worth.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 03 01 at 10:32 PM • permalink


    1. How else is he going to find his way to Williamson’s Island?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 03 01 at 10:35 PM • permalink


    1. If Public Intellectuals wish to travel on the Fairstar and write contemptuous opinion pieces, we bloody well will.

      I have nothing but disdain for little Johnnie. This making large numbers of people prosperous and happy thing is clearly a pathetic attempt by him to remain in government at all costs.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 01 at 10:43 PM • permalink


    1. I love J Howard and, simultaneously, abhore D Williamson and friends. P Adams was right about the abyss between Howard lovers and haters. The question is, how do we get Williamson and co to jump in?

      Posted by Karl Fidel Adams-Kingston on 2006 03 01 at 10:53 PM • permalink


    1. John Howard on playwright David Williamson:

      He shouldn’t go on cruise ships.

      I disagree strongly with Howard.  Williamson should go on a permanent cruise.  That way 1) we’ll be rid of his gross snobbery and 2) surrounded by the people he holds in contempt (Australians), he’ll go slowly bonkers.


      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 03 01 at 11:11 PM • permalink


    1. So Tim, will I be seeing you at the celebraTORY dinner with the Prime Minister tonight at the Westin Hotel in Sydney?

      If not, I will happily provide a report tomorrow on the event, for the delight of your readers.

      Posted by Toryhere2 on 2006 03 01 at 11:21 PM • permalink


    1. Aha! Conservatives hang out at this site! I suspected as much.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 01 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. Ten years of economic success built on Labour’s financial market reforms, the recession we had to have, a resources boom, and a massive hike in private sector and consumer debt.

      Ten years of political success built on lies, corruption, graft, unnaccountability and a brilliant insight into the planned obsolescence that is the news cycle… take the AWB scandal, for instance: fend off all claims for long enough and the media get bored and go away.

      Posted by Miranda Divide on 2006 03 01 at 11:46 PM • permalink


    1. Thank God its you Miranda

      I was beginning to think I was the only sane one around here.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 01 at 11:50 PM • permalink


    1. If only the arab oil was coming to an end. That would be the end of them financing all sorts of bad behaviour, all over the place.

      ARE YOU KIDDING?!  Do you know what the end of oil will do to the price of Saudi sunlight?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 03 02 at 12:07 AM • permalink


    1. and let’s not forget how HoWARd sent Kerry Packer on a taxpayer funded yacht to Timor to steal their oil, put holes in Indonesian boats and throw children into the water…

      (your turn Miranda)…

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 02 at 12:09 AM • permalink


    1. Perhaps the PM is a Robert Benchley fan; he memorably described one of his sketch characters as having been “designed by Nature to be pushed overboard.”

      Posted by Celaeno on 2006 03 02 at 12:16 AM • permalink


    1. Ten years of political success built on lies, corruption, graft, unnaccountability

      Funny how history only starts when Howard got in. Miranda, what were the Whitlam, Hawke and Keating Government’s built on?

      Posted by Nic on 2006 03 02 at 12:17 AM • permalink


    1. Did anyone else notice that Miranda’s re-appearance here co-incided very closely with MoDo’s bobbing up (so to speak) in Australia.

      Just co-incidence”?

      Big, soppy kisses to you MiDi.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 03 02 at 12:19 AM • permalink


    1. Margos, I strongly suspect that Evil Johnny is using happiness and contentment as a wedge.

      Posted by Sensible Swim on 2006 03 02 at 12:30 AM • permalink


    1. Right on Hamish – I wouldn’t put it past him.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 02 at 12:36 AM • permalink


    1. Approximately 3,652 days (but wait! there’s more!) of Miranda’s ilk choking on their own bile. Priceless.

      Posted by Sensible Swim on 2006 03 02 at 12:38 AM • permalink


    1. Miranda said – ‘Ten years of political success ’.
      Bingo! Winners are grinners!

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2006 03 02 at 01:13 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, he’s a cunning fox, Howard. With just six words he’s ensured that tens of thousands of Bulletin readers, who may have missed the original piece, now know what an insufferable snob Williamson is.

      Posted by slatts on 2006 03 02 at 01:35 AM • permalink


    1. The more the Howard-haters sneer, the better it is for him. Yet the haters fancy themselves as the clever class.
      <i>PM: A whole lot of people like that picket fence, Mr Wright.
      B: What?
      PM: A lot of people like the picket fence.
      B: Yeah?
      PM: They may not have a picket fence, but they like what it means.
      B: So you’re still a picket-fence man?
      PM: Oh yes, very much so.
      B: Always will be?
      PM: Always will be.
      B: Is that because of your own life?
      PM: Partly because of my own life. It’s also because it is what people most want. All those surveys of young people – what do they want most? What is most important to them? Relationships and families. The “y” generation in particular want relationships and families. It is very important to them. I mean it’s all mixed – families/slash relationships. It all means the same thing. What they want most in life is a stable set of relationships which then translates into having a husband or wife and children, (laughs) they don’t have to have children …(/i>

      Posted by slatts on 2006 03 02 at 01:44 AM • permalink


  • I just read the Bulletin interview with JoHo – I’d forgotten about the 10 billion dollar current account deficit that ‘Labour’ gifted us with.
    That’s why Labour will be the party of opposition for years to come.

    Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2006 03 02 at 01:59 AM • permalink



  • Mo, it’s the Natural Party of Opposition.

    Posted by blogstrop on 2006 03 02 at 02:05 AM • permalink




  • now it should hopefully…..

    Posted by casanova on 2006 03 02 at 02:42 AM • permalink


    1. Let’s try this

      — Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2006 03 02 at 02:43 AM • permalink


    1. </i>You know, I thought I was kidding up there, but think about it.

      If we go heavy into alternative energy sources, solar power is not consistent enough for Europe/Russian use (not least because Europe doesn’t have the room for the large scale solar collectors they’d need.  So one can see a “Middle Eastern Energy Grid” tied into the European electrical net and run with the usual EU honesty, openness and efficiency…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 03 02 at 02:48 AM • permalink


    1. #23- Blogstrop – yep, I have problems with the word.
      Here I go – ‘nnnnn’ ‘nnnn’ –
      I cant say it!
      It’s the hated ‘N’ word!

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2006 03 02 at 03:07 AM • permalink


    1. Janet Albrechtson on this subject in an op-ed in yesterday’s The Australian —

      For Howard, the intellectual Left is the gift that keeps on giving. Every time the anti-Howard jeer-leaders write, voters hear Keating’s empire clocks chiming. And Howard racks up more votes. You see, they know that Howard has had the one critical insight that has never occurred to Williamson and the other denizens of latte town.

      It is just possible that McMansion Man is right and Latte Man is wrong. And while Williamson was correct to point out that “suburban people are as diverse and multifaceted as anywhere else”, the fact that Howard has managed to capture that diverse group of people must only add salt to the Left’s wounds.

      Excellent piece – it’s here.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2006 03 02 at 03:16 AM • permalink


    1. Interesting interview. Take the name ‘Howard’ out of it and he’s more Labor than Labor:

      Father, a war vet dies when he was 16, dosent know where he gets his suits made, still has his house as his only real estate asset, wife’s father was a railway engineer, she makes some of her own clothes.

      compare this to the persona and myths generated by Keating and Latham.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 03 02 at 03:37 AM • permalink


    1. Many thanks to you all. If I want to try to explain the last 10 years in Australian politics to my kids, this thread just about does it all. In particular, plaudits to Slatts (#19). As you say, in six words JWH destroys a page of bullshit by a true dickhead in Williamson. What a better way to summarise the Howard years.

      Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2006 03 02 at 04:52 AM • permalink


    1. OT – From my local paper, the Blacktown City Sun Feb 28, ‘Downer hits Main Street – Sparks fly when the Foreign Minister comes to Blacktown.’

      Mrs Chafic, the wife of Muslim Aid Australia treasurer Iman Partoredjo, said she was appalled to hear Mr Howard complain that many Muslim migrants had not integrated into the Australian community and that the statement was “hurtful”.

      Mr Downer defended Mr Howard’s comment and said the media reported the comment out of context.

      Nice use of “out of context” against a Muslim apologist.

      Posted by Softly on 2006 03 02 at 08:25 AM • permalink


    1. The Ten Year Celebratory dinner was a marvellous event. As Peter Costello reminded us, there was another thing to celebrate: ten years of Labor opposition.

      The video presentation was superb and JoHo’s speech was a very moving summation of the achievements of his Government and the challenges it still faces.

      The cats were definitely fat. I was sitting next to the President of the Australian Hotels Association who had John Sharp next to him.  There were captains and captainesses of industry and commerce galore, as well as a truckload of the usual suspects.

      Kerry Stokes gave a glowing speech of thanks to the PM (So no prizes for guessing which party Channel 7 supports) The wine was a very good Knapstein cabernet merlot; the food was a passable sculptured anti pasto dish followed by a modern pestoed version of Coronation Chicken. And we even got a commemorative desert wine glass and a show bag on the way out!

      I wonder who hired the protesters outside the Westin last night.  They looked like the Liberal party had got them along from central casting to do a bit of street theatre for the enterntainment of the invited guests. Everyone in the queue to register for the dinner was having a great laugh about the poor ranters outside whose protest was about as relevant as imam at a bar mitzvah.

      Posted by Toryhere2 on 2006 03 02 at 05:25 PM • permalink


    1. Bah – triumphalism!

      When will the Liberals realise that the general public has nothing but contempt for the prosperity and general well-being that they are delivering

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 02 at 06:51 PM • permalink


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