Welcome to The Emperor's Clothes, a blog about politics, social issues and campaigns. Below here you can find the entire collection of posts on this blog, with the latest ones at the top. I'd love you to comment or feedback (even negative feedback, if polite. Trolls and comments that are unpleasant will be removed) If... Continue Reading →
(You have no rights, only privileges conferred by society) The problem with the demands for “rights” and “freedoms” by the anti-vax, anti-lockdown, mask-free movement is that those demands are based on a mythology perpetrated by groups such as the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). That mythology is itself based on US ideological concepts of individual... Continue Reading →
Or how the right “invented” and weaponised the terms "political correctness”, “virtue signalling”, “woke” and “cancel culture” As our politics has drifted relentlessly to the right, in recent years, and as the features of neo-liberal economies have increasingly driven inequality and environmental degradation, a part of this drift has been the labelling of virtue as... Continue Reading →
(OR HOW WE SHOULD WISH FOR THE DEATH OF NINE/FAIRFAX AND THE GUARDIAN AS WELL AS THE MURDOCH PRESS) It’s accepted as an article of truth that the mainstream media (MSM) is supposed to hold those in power accountable. But there are two problems with that in modern Australia. The first is that the MSM... Continue Reading →
Why we should “desecrate” the Australian flag and to refuse to sing or stand for the anthem or other so-called patriotic symbols and other shibboleths We often read media stories or posts on Twitter, or elsewhere, defending the flag, the national anthem, Australia Day or other icons of nationhood or celebrating the nation state and... Continue Reading →
The transition to EVs will be much faster than generally anticipated if the announcements of leading car manufacturers and manufacturing countries is taken for granted. The table below lists these announcements and, based on them, once could assume that by 2030 it will become increasingly difficult to buy new ICE vehicles globally. Additionally it's likely... Continue Reading →
The Failure of Representative Democracy Australia’s political parties and its mainstream media exist in a little bubble of self-satisfaction and complacency about our representative democracy - as exemplified recently by Scott Morrison’s reflection that ‘at least in Australia people demonstrating don’t get shot at’. If this is the best measure he can summon of the... Continue Reading →
The current government is the most dishonest, dangerous, incompetent, corrupt, hypocritical and unaccountable government in Australian political history. By this, I mean the Liberal National party in it’s three terms of office stretching back over eight years. It has undermined every notion of good government and ministerial accountability.
I see the firesâ€™s dull dangerous glowIt flickers like the anger in my soulA burning rage at the failed leadersThe tentacles of grief grasp our heartsFor the destruction of our olive landLike the wreathes of smoke curling upEach fire the death of a thousand animalsMurdered on the killing fields of climateA bloody plain of lies,... Continue Reading →
As the political temperature over climate and fires has risen this week, the media has rushed to apportion blame for both fires and the rising crescendo of outrage at the inaction of conservative (and some Labor) governments across Australia - and at the responses of the Federal Government when questioned, at media conferences, about these... Continue Reading →
The Bahamas. This is not an accident (Photo Our News Travis Carroll) Are Scott Morrison, Donald Trump, Bolsonaro, Boris Johnson and a myriad other leaders, former leaders (Abbott), and ministers (Proudfoot, Taylor etc) murderers? In my book, yes. When you take actions that you know are going to kill people then that makes you, arguably,... Continue Reading →
From these small misunderstandings history is made. The 100 years war. Waterloo. Nuclear testing in the Pacific. The Wogs begin at Calais. La Perfide Albion (Albion being an oldÂ name for England). Even today many French people view the English as being perfidious and Brexit does little to change that.
Most people think of Australia as a place. But I don't. You know. "Where are you from?" Australia. But Australia is not a place, it's simply an idea. A concept. A set values. We may think of Australia as tangible. Surely it is? It's where we are from. But it's not - it's a figment... Continue Reading →
The story (How the Greens failed me over rape) in the Saturday Paper this month (December 23, 2017), sad as it is, comes as no surprise to many in the Greens. The Greens like all institutions is, sadly, just as capable of the delusion that it can do no wrong and that the party is,... Continue Reading →
The chair lay smashed in tiny pieces on the floor. I'm not certain how many times I had smashed it against the filing cabinet. It was the cabinet in which we kept the Pedder files (on Lake Pedder).
Fortunately this was before the age of the church's descent in to child abuse infamy since, if you referred, today, to the location in which you kept your Pedder files many would look at you askance. Then no-one blinked.
My memory is that I wielded the chair twice, with considerable force, but others, no doubt motivated by their concern for my welfare, say it was more - all no doubt to demonstrate my undoubted virility. Five or six times, they say. Oh, yes you were really angry. Well justified! And it was a well made chair!