Guest Notes

UK notes

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Would the United Kingdom be better off without Scotland and Northern Ireland? This question arises in the light of the…

Dis-Con notes

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Watching results on Saturday night, my chief thought was less ‘Who’s going to win?’ than, rather, ‘Thank God that’s over.’…

Dis-Con notes

14 May 2022 9:00 am

In the Australian recently ‘a senior Liberal front-bencher’ reportedly said that voters ‘want to return us to office, but they…

Dis-con notes

16 April 2022 9:00 am

How often recently have you heard that ‘Ukraine has changed everything’? It has certainly changed my previously intended vote in…

Euro notes

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Putin’s brutal imperialism Putin signalled early during his rule his fury that Moscow’s former empire had slipped the leash. After…

Euro notes

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Putin’s poker game If the latest warnings of a Russian invasion of Ukraine prove right, you’ll be reading this as…

Euro notes

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Testing times for the second Covid Christmas Those like me inclined to whinge about Europe’s reaction to Covid are regularly…

Literary notes

11 December 2021 9:00 am

The new self-effing help books In a bookshop at Adelaide airport last Christmas I saw a well-dressed woman, seemingly in…

Covid notes

11 December 2021 9:00 am

The worldwide spread of Omicron Indulge me for a moment and imagine the following scenario. A new Covid-19 variant originates…

Euro notes

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Tories all at sea on boats On hearing France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, on why so many would-be migrants cross…

Euro notes

20 November 2021 9:00 am

The green zealot in number 10 After opening the Glasgow eco-jamboree, Boris Johnson did something which once would have been…

Kiwi notes

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Our tired democracy teeters When is enough? When Aucklanders recently heard the seemingly interminable lockdown which the Prime Minister Jacinda…

Dis-con notes

23 October 2021 9:00 am

ScoMo will lose, thanks to net zero Last week I focused on the media noise over AUKUS and nuclear-powered submarines.…

Cultural notes

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Heroes and villains According to a paper published by the Australian Institute of Criminology in 2020, it would seem that…

Dis-con notes

16 October 2021 9:00 am

Two revolutionary ideas to keep our subs afloat In June 1989 Paul Keating memorably said, ‘I guarantee if you walk…

Euro notes

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Merkel’s woeful legacy How ironic but unsurprising that Angela Merkel, for sixteen years leader of her country’s once-conservative Christian Democrats,…

Euro notes

2 October 2021 9:00 am

App-artheid europe Here’s an interesting thought. Imagine Australia’s state premiers were put in charge of Europe. How would our politicians…

Aukus notes

25 September 2021 9:00 am

The lost decade Australia should buy or lease a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines to replace the calamitous Collins Class boats…

Covid notes

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Covid kilos Throughout this pandemic, our leaders have bombarded us with slogans about the importance of social distancing, vaccinations, staying…

Kiwi notes

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Freedom after speech? I recall a very fine lawyer, New Zealand’s most highly regarded QC, once saying that no law…

Euro notes

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Travels with my App   How the Covid tables have turned. In the pandemic’s initial stages, the Anglo world congratulated…

Cultural notes

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Hobart’s historical heretics violated ‘Vitalist, unscrupulously optimistic cultures, cruel, bigoted and superstitious, all detest the grace-saving presence of the statue…

Covid notes

31 July 2021 9:00 am

A day at the anti-lockdown rally When your only observations of protest marches are from television news reports, it’s easy…

Covid notes

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Upholding the truth in a time of universal deceit Australia’s disproportionate March 2020 response to the Covid pandemic has morphed…

Euro notes

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Europe’s rightward drift Two of the great issues which animated the woke EU establishment until recently were hatred of Donald…