Monday, October 21, 2002

Phillip Adams makes me want to puke. In his first column after the greatest peacetime loss of life this country has ever seen, his Lordship says ….. not a word. Not a mention of a hundred or more of his fellow Australians incinerated, hundreds more burned and scarred for life. Doesn’t rate the smallest acknowledgement. Because Adams wants to concentrate on the Real Enemy: Prime Minister John Howard and immigration policy.

This week he asks his friends Hugh Mackay and aboriginal activist Faith Bandler to tell him how bad things are. He refers to his own emails as some kind of representative sample of public opinion for or against. Suppositions about events that did not take place become indicators of bigotry. Thirty years of non-racial immigration becomes:
few years ago that we started to extricate ourselves from the shame of the White Australia Policy in which, like South Africa with apartheid, we'd enshrined bigotry in legislation.

History can be ignored:
And here's a problem for Australia and for the federal Government's spin doctors. If we join the US in bombing the hell out of Baghdad, we'll create vast numbers of new refugees. And, inevitably, some of them will seek refuge in our country.

Perhaps they will. But we know they will also return in far greater numbers. Spin-doctoring is not restricted to Governments.

The Eville powers of Prime Minister John Howard know no limits:
will the PM get away with it once more by manipulating fears and bigotries? Will he get away with it because he's managed, in a few short years, to create an Australia in his own image?

Remember, this is “getting away” with things that either have not, can not or will not happen.
In conclusion, an observation. Like many Australians, I thought we were a member of the UN. Apparently not. We're a member of the US.


God.

UPDATE: Memo to self: read Alan Anderson before fisking Adams. Try this choice sample:
Or will the PM get away with it once more by manipulating fears and bigotries? Will he get away with it because he's managed, in a few short years, to create an Australia in his own image?
Now that's not fair, Phil. You were short and bald long before John took over.

That's got to sting.

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