…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
One of the slight disadvantages of having older, wiser, experienced and educated readers of Fog of Chaos is that they are reluctant to comment publicly. Obviously, Crikey, The Conversation and other blogs of the Left herd have no such problems. I get numerous and various comments privately, and I privately respond to them, but it occurred to me that those who contact me may be just a proverbial tip of the iceberg, the iceberg comprising many intelligent and too modest readers.
So; some of you were of the opinion that my labelling of the Labor governance of Queensland as Chinatown on Brisbane river was slightly over the top and, perhaps, unwarranted and almost defamatory exaggeration. I do not think so. The fresh, nearly conservative Government of Campbell Newman still doesn’t know which end of the new broom is which and we already read the following:
“Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Racing Minister Steve Dickson have outlined the actions taken in the first two weeks of government to rein in the Bob Bentley-led Racing Queensland Limited and work towards a major reform of the industry’s control structure.
Mr Dickson said the Liberal National Party had written to the directors of RQL to “remind them of their obligations” and of the powers of the Crime and Misconduct Commission to investigate RQL as a unit of public administration.
The Queensland racing industry is incensed that payouts believed to total more than $1.7 million were granted to the four RQL executives CEO Malcolm Tuttle, director of Integrity Operations Jamie Orchard, Product Development manager Paul Brennan and corporate counsel Shara Reid in the first working day after the state election.”
This is from The Courier Mail, the only daily Queensland newspaper, not previously know for its criticism of the Australian Labor Party. Well, better late than never, God bless their weather-wane hearts and minds. The whole story can be read here.
I might immodestly mention here my articles, inter alia – Joys of conspiracies in Queensland and The Ghost of Heiner. We will undoubtedly read more about the web skilfully spun by venal red-backs in the months and years to come. Twenty years of the management of the state by the union elite for the union elite will keep the retired judges and the lawyers aspiring to be judges in funds more than the case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce did in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House.
All those darkened buildings, all that hype about switching off to save the planet! How successful is the tidal wave of support demonstrating our commitment to showing an example to the world? The numbers are in. According to the electricity market operator, the reduction in usage for Earth Hour across the eastern and southern states was two per cent in 2012. That’s down from the dizzy heights of 3.6 per cent in 2008. The reduction over the course of the day itself was 0.08 per cent.
The WWF invitations to the candle-lit supper were met with the same enthusiasm as those by Mrs Buckett.