Category Archives: Humour and Democracy

Today in our world …

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

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US Democrats entertain Putin

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

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Election humour 2019 – working for the man

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

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Sodom and Warringah

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

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Tim Flannery’s mea culpa speech

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

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Trump = end of the world in German

Der Spiegel cover, November 12, 2016 Imagine if Der Spiegel went over the top about the Trump victory ..

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Fish identifying as dog – the new paradigm

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

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If I was still in power …

By Andrew L. Urban. I received this in an email from a friend (December 1, 2015) – worth sharing, I think.

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When ridicule is best

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

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Offend me. Please!

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

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