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Aux bien pensants

19 January 2019

9:00 AM

19 January 2019

9:00 AM

The New York Times reports the truly shocking news that Australia punches below its weight. The NYT’s source, Lowy Institute grandee Michael Fullilove, blames the Queen. He joins the sainted Al Grassby who once named HM as the cause of Australia’s unemployment. Mr Fulliove should check with Malcolm Turnbull about the need for massive republican change in order to acquire an Australian as head of state. When criticised during the 2016 election for not being present when the remains of Australian soldiers were brought home from Vietnam, Turnbull’s excuse was that the Australian head of state, Sir Peter Cosgrove, had presided over the ceremony.

Meanwhile, Australians are not  lying awake at night wondering why they don’t have more women politicians, or for that matter more preferring the same sex or more who aren’t white. What most say they want is more politicians with common sense, who tell the truth and who put Australia and Australians first. If having women politicians ever crosses their minds, they probably want a Margaret Thatcher, not someone endlessly whingeing about being bullied nor some disaster like Theresa May. Her deal  to turn Britain into some Lower Slobbovian satrapy is even worse than Ted Heath’s original sell-out of Britain and the Commonwealth just to squeeze into a European cockpit already generously filled by the German Chancellor and French President. Of all imperial powers, Britain has given independence to far more nations than any other; surely it’s time for Britain herself to become independent of the Brussels juggernaut made-to-measure for none other than the Paris-Berlin Axis. Unlike most members, Britain took her obligations seriously, just as we do with our far too many treaties. She became the biggest net contributor to the EU after Germany without the massive benefits Germany gained both from the EU and by being defeated by the Anglo-Americans who alone practise Churchill’s dictum: ‘In Victory, magnanimity’.

Pauline Hanson has just reminded me of a book I wrote for the 1999 referendum, which Geoffrey Blainey told me was the best on that subject. The theme was that in the 1930s, Australia’s sugarcane crops were being destroyed by the greyback beetle. The authorities decided the solution was to release a sack load of buffo marinus. They forgot that while the beetle can fly, buffo can’t. Nevertheless, buffo quite liked Queensland and settled down. That was the beginning of the cane toad disaster, an appalling solution to a serious problem. The Keating-Turnbull republic was even worse, an appalling solution to a non-existent problem, the theme of The Cane Toad  Republic. At the book’s launch in the media room at Parliament House by former chief justice Sir Harry Gibbs, the totally republican journalists were outraged by my conclusion that the Governor-General is the head of state, thus taking away any justification for this mammoth constitutional change. The journalists began to chant ‘What about section 2?’, the constitutional provision about the appointment of the G-G. Soon, the room was commandeered by a Labor politician with a sudden urge to issue a press statement no one stayed for. I was challenged about the launch a few months later at Senate estimates where I was appearing for the broadcasting authority. Reading about the launch from the Canberra Times, Senator Mark Bishop demanded to know how I got there. He obviously wanted to show that the taxpayers had improperly funded this. I said, simply, ‘I walked’. he looked puzzled. ‘You walked?’. ‘Senator, just because this is reported in the Canberra Times doesn’t mean the launch was in Canberra. It was in Sydney.’ Red-faced, he changed the subject.

TV weather reports are now often presented with a degree of hysteria, even panic. Adding to this, the  Bureau has announced that we have just passed through the third warmest year on record. That is not at all consistent with my recollection of the many long heatwaves I experienced as a child in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, in distinct contrast to  recent  summers. We should never forget the inquiry into the curious changing of our old weather records was closed down as one of the first acts of the Turnbull government. As her father cooed in Muriel’s Wedding whenever his mistress turned up, ‘What a coincidence’.

On global warming, Australia’s politicians have won the world prize in how to sell out your country. The centre-left Brookings Institute reports that on just about every measure Australia will do badly, Gross Domestic Product, jobs, investment and in a fall in the value of the dollar. Australia is the biggest loser in the world, along with Russia and Opec, while our sacrifices won’t change the climate at all. So what were our diplomats and politicians doing in Paris? As science writer Joanne Nova puts it, it’s as if they all went to Paris and said ‘Hit me’.

Across the Pacific, Donald Trump continues to try to do exactly what he promised the voters. Politicians and the mainstream media are astounded at this behaviour and have long demanded his expulsion from the Swamp Club. He is now trying to do no more than John Howard and Tony Abbott did so superbly, secure the borders. Apart from restoring the economy, dramatically reducing unemployment, appointing real judges, finally protecting American IP, ensuring trade is fair, allies pull their weight and enemies are wary, he is determined  to bring to an end America’s role as default world policeman, however much recalcitrant generals and bureaucrats may try to ‘re-educate’ him away from his commitments to the American people. Under Trump, who is smarter than most, America will revert to the role Britain brilliantly assumed from Waterloo to the First World War, securing the balance of power and only risking significant land forces in areas of absolute importance and when victory is assured. In brief he is restoring not only America to greatness, he is also restoring the West.

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