General News

May 26

Dutton’s Liberal Party

Posted by: George Grundy

Shortly after Barack Obama’s second inauguration in early 2013, then Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal delivered a speech suggesting that unless the Republican party recalibrated its message and approach, the party would remain all but unelectable. Republicans, he said, should stop looking backwards, compete for every vote and – famously – ‘stop being the stupid party’. It’s a speech partially remembered for its brutal honesty, but more noted in retrospect because instead the Republican party chose to do the precise opposite….

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May 09

A Catastrophic Day for Women

Posted by: George Grundy

The fact that this was widely expected does nothing to reduce the profound shockwaves now that it’s here. Late on Monday night (US-time), Politico released a leaked 98-page ruling from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, that appears to show that the court has voted to strike down 1973’s landmark Roe v Wade decision that legalised abortion in America. Alito’s withering draft opinion described Roe as ‘egregiously wrong from the start.’ America seems poised to make abortion illegal once more. The…

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Feb 26

Distracted to Death

Posted by: George Grundy

Radio crackled before dawn. Orders they’d been waiting for. Time to go, time to get that massive machine to motion, all the guns and the bullets, the bombs, grenades, the armoured vehicles and tanks. And all those young men in uniform, drawn from distant provinces and the poorest neighbourhoods of Moscow, all nerve and sinew, hoping to make mum proud. To find a way through this life. Some perhaps harbouring some misplaced sense of patriotism, long since betrayed by the…

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Dec 20

A Clear and Present Danger

Posted by: George Grundy

As parliament closes out 2021, Scott Morrison’s government is taking steps to set the agenda for next year’s federal election. Morrison will be hoping for no major bushfires this summer and a return to pre-Covid normality, so the battle can be fought around perceived LNP strengths such as the economy, national security and culture war issues like social media trolling. To that end, Morrison continues to champion the reopening of international borders and an end to lockdowns and travel restrictions…

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Nov 08

A State of Chaos

Posted by: George Grundy

Washington’s Capitol halls are abuzz this autumn as Joe Biden attempts to enact his legislative agenda, in the face of a Republican opposition hell-bent on political vandalism and chaos. Agreeing to raise the federal debt ceiling has been delayed until December 3rd, and may still require revising the filibuster in order to avert financial catastrophe. The multi-trillion dollar ‘Build Back Better’ social policies reform bill, which reflects the issues on which Biden campaigned and won in 2020, is steadily being…

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