Saturday, May 01, 2021

Respect the past

As a political history buff, and former librarian, I am mildly interested in the news of the establishment of the Robert Menzies Institute. Due to open later this year, it will incorporate a library and museum, and a research facility to examine the life, political career and legacy of Australia's longest serving Prime Minister. To my mind, it is a worthwhile endeavour, and one that surely any fair minded Australian can find it in themselves to support, regardless of their political beliefs.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Remember them


To mark Anzac Day, here is Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's speech, given at the dawn service at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Right wing people are evil

While I no longer work in higher education, I still take a passing interest in it. Political and cultural trends impact the academic world, and certainly the humanities, but in my day, it was possible to be a conservative and not feel like a pariah on campus. It is reasonable to speculate if the current crop of students could say the same thing. 

According to Kevin Donnelly, university Arts departments in Australia are now infested with:

"neo-Marxist critical theory intent on imposing cultural-left group think based on a rainbow alliance of radical philosophies ranging from postmodernism, deconstructionism to radical feminist, gender and postcolonial theories."

If it is valid to connect this with another trend, revealed in a survey published in late 2020; the problem of British university students hiding their opinions from their peers, both in the classroom and on campus in general, because they feared negative repercussions. 

No Australian data is available, but there is no reason to believe that the situation would be any different in that country. This would be a fascinating research project for someone with the time and inclination to establish this definitively.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Warts and all

Within hours of the announcement of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at 99 years of age, social media trolls thought it appropriate to attack him, or attack public figures offering the royal family and the British public their condolences. It is a sewer, quite frankly. Engaging with these trolls is an unpleasant experience. It is best to let them wallow in their bitterness. They seem to have no appreciation of history, or respect for elders. On the other hand, legitimate media outlets such as Spiked Online have conducted themselves with more dignity.

Friday, April 02, 2021


Heading into this Easter long weekend, this is a concise article on the meaning of Maundy Thursday, which some Christians will commemorate tonight.