The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood-the book reviewed


Margaret AtwoodTHE HANDMAID'S TALEISBN 978-0-099-51166-3 The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel, written by Margaret Attwood, and published in 1985. It is presented as a first person narrative, by an unnamed woman. She is now known only by her new name, Offred, given to her since the new regime took power. It denotes that she … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood-the book reviewed

The rise and fall of a caring Australia


If we use Western history as a sort of roadmap to ending human misery, we see that there is a basic, minimum set of pre-conditions which might contribute to a full, non-miserable life. We can easily guess what they are, even if we have never really suffered. We have seen them gradually introduced, over centuries. … Continue reading The rise and fall of a caring Australia

Australia’s own ‘coming of age’ story-watching Scott grow up?


We in Australia have had a ringside seat as the American Republic tied itself in knots through Donald Trump's presidency. Now we are going through our own spectacle, watching Scott Morrison's 'coming of age'. I know, who wants to? Not me, and not you. Coming of age is best done in the privacy of your … Continue reading Australia’s own ‘coming of age’ story-watching Scott grow up?

Morrison is completely inadequate


Australia's Prime Minister is an enthusiastic member of a fringe religion which believes that the Bible is an inerrant source of divine wisdom. This means that, in his mind at least, it speaks literal truth. If we want to understand Scott Morrison, and what makes him tick, then look to what he believes in. He … Continue reading Morrison is completely inadequate

Porter poses a question about Morrison’s leadership, and his character


On the issue of whether Christian Porter is a "fit and proper person" to continue in the role of the Attorney General there is no need to hold a public enquiry. As I have already stated, here The Porter case unfolds as classic Greek tragedy the enquiry will hit the same road-blocks that a formal … Continue reading Porter poses a question about Morrison’s leadership, and his character

The Porter case unfolds as classic Greek tragedy


The 'facts' of the case are that Katharine Thornton accused Christian Porter of a sustained and violent sexual assault, over an extended period of time, on one night in 1988. There were no witnesses, and there is no supporting forensic evidence. So it really is a case of "she said, he said". There can never … Continue reading The Porter case unfolds as classic Greek tragedy

The Morrison government is a sewer — No Place For Sheep


An allegation of the brutal anal rape of a child in 1988 has been made against an un-named minister in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet.  The victim took her own life in June 2020. NSW police have confirmed that a criminal investigation into the allegation dies with the victim. Despite their knowledge that police will not investigate because the […]The … Continue reading The Morrison government is a sewer — No Place For Sheep