So much happening …

What a time to be handicapped by lack of access. Enormous strides on every front, action in every arena.

Malcolm died. In the westerns the big question is boots on or boots off. That’s not the question that springs to mind with Mr Fraser.

He died fairly poor. No one seems to have dropped a pig farm or apartment building in his lap. And his investments didn’t do too good. He seems to be the only recent prime minister short of a quid.

He should have asked his little mate, Robert Mugabe, for a handout. Robert owes a lot to Malcolm, he has the best health care money can buy, President for life, a fortune. I wonder if Zimbabwe will be thinking of big Mal as they pop him in the hole.

Malcolm is praised on all sides of politics. The principle is very much along the lines that everyone gives pleasure, some as they arrive, some as they leave. He is much praised by some for his open door policy towards refugees. Few remember that the vast majority of refugees admitted during his administration were assessed abroad and welcomed, with visas in hand, through the arrival halls of our airports. Recent Labor/Green policies can lead only to tragedies on our shores such as this one.

But don’ applaud it may cause anxiety or give offence. Jazz hands is the go. Feminist jazz hands that is. Not sure how you do that …

 

LIT

The climate is changing. Warming is going apace, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, further evidence should any be needed …

Frozen

Although it does seem to be getting colder in Victoria.

Good news for the poms, the warming alarmists may be wrong about the gulf stream. Their dire predictions that global warming would cause it to weaken and bring about another ice age has not been supported by those actually measuring it. The weather may remain clement long enough for them to practise their cricket. Speaking of which …

The World Cup moves towards a climax. I was reduced to listening to the New Zealand South Africa match on the radio. Kevin Peterson was among the commentators, I guess he’s the only England cricketer still in the antipodes, if they had selected him to play the rest of them might have stayed a little longer. What a game. Shame that one team had to lose. Who will win this arvo?

 

 

 

The tabloids …

Melbourne’s two daily tabloids were a study in contrasting values this morning.

The Herald Sun was adorned with a picture of the Iron Lady, The Age went for a picture of Gough, the lead story based on the Wikileaks revelations that Bob Carr and Bob Hawke, not to mention Bob McGee, all spying for the Americanos.

Well vale Margaret Thatcher a female prime minister who didn’t need to use her gender as an excuse. I will not attempt a eulogy but let me just direct your attention to the quality of those that are celebrating her demise. She would probably have been quite flattered.

The other big story centres on the low opinion that Hawke and Carr had of the Revered Leader. Well, well, what a scandal. But wait, there’s more … the Americanos made some quite derogatory observations regarding the leader of the opposition at the time.

Malcolm Fraser’s response …

I think that cable probably demonstrates the incompetence of the American representation in Australia at the time,” he told ABC radio.

He went on to say something about people’s behaviour in private and how they should be exposed. Well, since you insist …

Memphis trousers affair

On 14 October 1986, Fraser, then the Chairman of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group, was found in the foyer of the Admiral Benbow Inn, a seedy Memphis hotel, wearing nothing but a towel and confused as to where his trousers were. The hotel was an establishment popular with prostitutes and drug dealers. Though it was rumoured at the time that the former Prime Minister had been with a prostitute, his wife stated that Fraser had no recollection of the events and that she believes it more likely that he was the victim of a practical joke by his fellow delegates.

That of course is from Wikipedia, what a sweet wife …