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COVID19 – Ignoring information has hurt democracy

Andrew L. Urban. Over and above the deadly blunders that have claimed hundreds of lives (the majority of the total), failing to adapt policies and regulations in light of the mass of emerging information about Covid19 has been the most … Continue reading

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Pandemic panic perverts politics

Andrew L. Urban The Wuhan virus aka Covid19 has panicked Western leaders (not all, but most) into behaving irrationally and dishonestly. Australia, so lightly touched by the virus, has been especially poorly served by a panicked political class, an incompetent … Continue reading

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Dense is as dense does

Andrew L. Urban How dense do you have to be to misunderstand Johannes Leake’s cartoon of Joe Biden with Kamala Harris? (The Australian, August 14, 2020) And how uninformed, especially if you are in the media or politics? It was … Continue reading

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The Woke Brigade janitor has a million eyes

Andrew L. Urban The elderly woman in the ground floor flat was the janitor of the apartment block and an informant for the party, the only political party permitted to function: the Communist Party. Everyone in the block knew it, … Continue reading

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Brutal history or brutal present?

Andrew L. Urban As the Black Lives Matter mantra sweeps the world, there is a view held by some that that there is no doubt African-Americans are seriously dis­advantaged, and that this dis­advantage arises from the brutal history their forebears … Continue reading

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Wisdom at Railway Square

Andrew L. Urban The incongruity made as much of an impact as the poster itself, on a wall along a few other posters in bustling Railway Square, one of Sydney’s least attractive environs. But I was most impressed with the … Continue reading

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Labor won’t have it Albaneasy

Andrew L. Urban. Eating soup with your (unnatural) right hand when you are (naturally) left handed is very difficult; you’re bound to spill some. A lot, maybe. Anthony Albanese might reflect on that as he picks up his Labor leadersoup … Continue reading

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Landslide reversed, danger averted

Andrew L. Urban. It was Labor’s political owl Graham Richardson, who, just a couple of weeks before the event, was promoting his presence on Sky’s election night panel, promising to be smiling, at last, over a Labor landslide. Oh, dunno, … Continue reading

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Fear and loathing in Australia 2019

Andrew L. Urban. The scariest story of this election campaign was published in The Australian on June 13, 2019: The Queensland ports contract worker who tripped up Bill Shorten on Labor’s tax plan for high-income earners has been suspended and … Continue reading

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Stupid goes mainstream, global

Andrew L. Urban To understand American politics, the late Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer noted, you have to recognise that the right thinks the left is stupid and the left thinks the right is evil. It’s not only in … Continue reading

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