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How about some right-minded activism in schools?

Fans of Geraldine Massey’s What’s Woke this Week columns know the woke world coughs up absurdities so ludicrous they’re funny. These…

22 Apr 2021

The Morrison Government: we must spend money in order to save it

On Tuesday I wrote here, I wrote about the values vacuity of Prime Minister Morrison and his Government.  Then, yesterday,…

22 Apr 2021

That crackers consent ad? Blame the left for sanitising sex

Once upon a time, many moons ago, sex was sex and a milkshake was a milkshake. Now we’ve moved into this…

22 Apr 2021

Climate follies: more than half a billion new spending to keep Joe Biden off our backs

The Government is desperate to appear to be doing more in the run-up to Joe Biden’s Climate Summit for Thursday…

22 Apr 2021

Don’t forget the media’s part in our ongoing corona confusion

For the past year, Australians have been told to listen to the experts. Schools were closed, businesses were forced to…

22 Apr 2021

Be warned: you come for Jane Austen at your peril

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a woke society in possession of literary masterpieces must be in want of…

21 Apr 2021

What’s philosopher-king Kev up to nowadays?

It was on this day in 2008 where that gathering of the best and brightest from across the land —…

It's Oscar season - and the season for the wokesploitation film

Films have always been political in how they mirror a world marred by contemporary politics and history. When done really…

21 Apr 2021

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Pollster consistently overstated Scottish independence support

Few events are as eagerly anticipated in Scotland as the release of a bombshell new poll. Unionists and nationalists eagerly…

22 Apr 2021

The rules of Putin's game

What does Putin want? It’s more straightforward than you might think: usually the answer is ‘what he says’. It’s worth remembering…

22 Apr 2021

Democrats bring a gun to a knife fight

‘Let them kill each other’ is now the message coming from the White House, the activist left and mainstream media…

22 Apr 2021

Is No. 10 planning a vaccine passport ruse?

Michael Gove’s trip to Israel to study the country’s ‘green pass’ system isn’t diminishing the impression among Conservative MPs that…

22 Apr 2021

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The Prince of Wails will doom us all

Prince Philip and I had a cuppa at Government House, Melbourne, in March 1981 but since then we seem to…

24 Apr 2021

Vaccines should be available to all & mandatory for none

The sheep spends its life fearful of the wolf and is grateful for the shepherd’s protection, only to be eaten…

24 Apr 2021

Virtue-signalling to the left in your new EV

Picture the scene. It’s during one of the pre-polling weeks prior to the 2019 federal election. The electorate covers both…

24 Apr 2021

Who the bloody hell are you?

Of our ten most recent prime ministers, all but one had acute political interest in their youth. Gough Whitlam was…

24 Apr 2021

Covid’s jiggery-wokery

Given government’s infinite capacity to get things wrong, it’s extraordinary how the public continues to accept more of it. The…

24 Apr 2021

Lest we forget

The World of Woke is waging war on Australia’s armed forces, with the Labor premiers of Victoria and Western Australia…

24 Apr 2021

Why do politicians hate young Australians?

Does the Australian political class despise young Australians as much as they despise self-funded retirees, mum-and-dad farmers, coal miners and…

24 Apr 2021

Professional sports are the wokest of them all

Campaign contributions are public information in the United States.  So they know that political journalists lean Democrat massively, double figures…

17 Apr 2021

Helen McCrory

At a time when people like Prince Philip looked as though they would live forever and the world was a…

24 Apr 2021

The 23rd Biennale of Sydney

Advance notice has been given about the Biennale of Sydney for 2022. No one else should get overexcited about this…

24 Apr 2021

Berlin

Theatre is slowly, tentatively opening up again and there’s no denying that a good play with however small a cast…

17 Apr 2021

She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism

Art movements and fashions may come and go but Australians love of their impressionists seems only to grow stronger.  The…

17 Apr 2021

Aussie life

The café of the suburban outdoor pool I swam in when I lived in Melbourne in the 1990’s had a…

24 Apr 2021

Aussie language

In the light of the catastrophic floods on the east coast, it’s time to talk about ‘climate science’. Not the…

24 Apr 2021

When people say ‘do your bit for your country’ what they mean is ‘do your bit for my holiday’

Trying to get hold of HRT in the time of Covid is like trying to score crack. Possibly, scoring crack…

24 Apr 2021

Dear Mary: What’s the etiquette of loo-flushing for overnight guests?

Q. My husband and I have started receiving invitations to large summer events scheduled for after 21 June. We have…

24 Apr 2021

Two of a kind: Monica Jones proved Philip Larkin’s equal for racism and misogyny

By the time Philip Larkin died in 1985, he’d long since achieved national treasure status: his poems were critically admired…

24 Apr 2021

The jab that saved countless lives 300 years ago

This timely book celebrates one of the most remarkable women of the 18th century. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was so…

24 Apr 2021

Marina Warner becomes her mother’s ‘shabti’

There comes a time after the death of parents when grief subsides, the sense of loss eases, and you, the…

24 Apr 2021

Alan Duncan rants about ‘idiot’ parliamentary colleagues and Britain’s waning influence

As a budding political apparatchik, my first job out of university was as a junior parliamentary assistant to Alan Duncan…

24 Apr 2021

A study in vulnerability: The Coming Bad Days, by Sarah Bernstein, reviewed

When the unnamed narrator of Sarah Bernstein’s The Coming Bad Days leaves the man with whom she has been living…

24 Apr 2021

Apostle of modernism: Clive Bell’s reputation repaired

Clive Bell is the perennial supporting character in the biographies of the Bloomsbury group. The husband of Vanessa Bell, brother-in-law…

24 Apr 2021

The problem of the Benin Bronzes will never go away

A book about the looted African art known as the Benin Bronzes begins by clarifying that most of them are…

24 Apr 2021

Beware the woke misogynist

The #MeToo movement isn’t all it seems. More than three years after countless sexual abuse allegations shook the world, the…

24 Apr 2021