Category Archives: Humour and Democracy
Andrew L. Urban. Things that may have happened in recent days or should have happened or maybe shouldn’t have happened or indeed shouldn’t happen … Melbourne City Council, not to be outdone by Sydney Mayor Clover Moore’s declaration of a … Continue reading
Andrew L. Urban. There is a dog-leg shaped room in the accommodation wing of the Kremlin where Vladimir Putin retires to watch tv. The main room has a lounge and several armchairs, the big tv screen on the wall, and … Continue reading
A fourth-grade teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up – fireman, mechanic, businessman, salesman… and so forth. However, little Johnny was being uncharacteristically quiet, so when the teacher prodded him about … Continue reading
Johannes Leak has the gift his late father Bill, had. Genes, maybe? Anyway, his cartoons are as funny as they are sharp-eyed. This one was published in The Weekend Australian, February 2/3, 2019, when one of the political news stories … Continue reading
Andrew L. Urban’s entry in the 2017 Thawley Prize * at Spectator Australia. It didn’t win. The following speech was recorded on a mobile phone by the head waiter at the Climate Council’s ‘sorry dinner’ in December 2017, held at … Continue reading
Der Spiegel cover, November 12, 2016 Imagine if Der Spiegel went over the top about the Trump victory ..
With Bono named Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine (November 2016), the world of social engineering has reached the climax of gender politics. In Australia, school children are being urged to imagine themselves without genitals – or genitals that … Continue reading
By Andrew L. Urban. I received this in an email from a friend (December 1, 2015) – worth sharing, I think.
By Andrew L. Urban I was reading about the dismissal (December 2012) of Richard Falk from the Santa Barbara Committee of the prestigious Human Rights Watch, after an open letter of complaint to HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth (December 17, 2012) … Continue reading
Offend me, please! Unlike so many thoughtful, democratically minded commentators, I welcome the proposed new ‘Take Your Offence to Court’ legislation that Attorney General Nicola Roxon is trying to shepherd through Parliament in 2013. Finally, I will be able to take … Continue reading