…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Comrade Conroy must have imbibed the same heady Manhattan cocktail which made Gillard last week (and her predecessor Rudd much earlier) disgrace herself in New York. Perhaps the hoteliers in the city which never sleeps cannot water the drinks as much as those who cater for the captive consumers of somnambulist Canberra.
Senator Conroy was in New York for the ITU’s Broadband Commission for Digital Development and decided to address the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) State of Telecom 2012 conference at New York’s Columbia University. First he softened his audience, “I have unfettered legal power. There’s a seriously important difference between the Australian model and overseas. Not many regulators have quite that much power,” and then he made them to like him, “If I say to you, everyone in this room, if you want to bid next week in our spectrum auction you’d better wear red underpants on your head, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head.”
Comrade Conroy revealed his preferred colour and his contempt for fellow human beings. Sometimes I fear that Labor does not expect any further elections – they increasingly behave as if they were preparing a putsch.
According to the Anti-Australian Broadcasting Commission, “ the remark was a tongue-in-cheek illustration of the factual legal position of the Commonwealth when it comes to setting rules for the auction of spectrum.” Senator Conroy is famous for that sort of codswalop only journalists could swallow. He can produce hypocritical tears whenever required, as, for example, when debating the evils of nuclear power in Parliament-
”It was a nuclear power plant called Windscale and it’s in Cumbria [near the Scottish border], where all of my family live, and in 1957 it leaked everywhere,” said Conroy, (d.o.b. 1963), his voice breaking from the moment he was given the call to speak.
He told how for months the milk was taken from all the households in the area because it was contaminated …,”
[Read more in the Socialist Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/nuclear-debate-inflames-labor-passion-and-fury-20111204-1odjt.html#ixzz280sGsLM0 ]
One doesn’t expect an Australian journalist to be able to check anything except his chequebook and a bar bill, if that. After all, the accident happened more than half a century ago:
The Windscale fire of 10 October 1957 was the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, ranked in severity at level 5 on the 7-point International Nuclear Event Scale. The accident occurred when the core of the Unit 1 nuclear reactor at Windscale, Cumberland (now Sellafield, Cumbria) caught fire, releasing substantial amounts of radioactive contamination into the surrounding area. Of particular concern at the time was the radioactive isotope iodine-131, which may lead to cancer of the thyroid, and it has been estimated that the incident caused 240 additional cancer cases. No one was evacuated from the surrounding area, but there was concern that milk might be dangerously contaminated. Milk from about 500 km2 *of nearby countryside was diluted and destroyed for about a month. A 2010 study of workers directly involved in the cleanup found no significant long term health effects from their involvement. [wikipedia]
At the time of the accident comrade Conroy was minus six years old, born in January 1963 at Ely, a distance of about 280 km as a neutron flies from the scene. Nothing similar has happened in Great Britain since but why miss the opportunity for some tear-jerking propaganda? Lenin and Goebbels would be ashamed of him.
According to itwire, Conroy is “an ALP apparatchik, a pommie, and a Catholic, and a teetotaller and wowser. He is also a major embarrassment to Australia with his arrogant and stupid remarks”. I would add that he is a Stalinist and a misanthrope; and I doubt he is a Catholic. If he were, he would not be such a darling of the Left media.
Who, in his or her right mind, votes for people like him? Then again, who voted for Hitler or Gottwald? Or, for that matter, for that malignant Milne?
“I have unfettered legal power… If I say to you, everyone in this room, if you want to bid next week in our spectrum auction you’d better wear red underpants on your head, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head.”
It could be an overdose of Marxism, not of radiation. Some of his apologists believe that his arrogance and nastiness has nothing to do with Marxism, that Conroy is simply rotten to his non-nuclear core. I do not know. I would just say that he is not a nice human being.
*/ for people who had the unfortunate experience of modern schooling – 500 km2 would be a square with approx. 22.5 km side; a kilometre is the length of almost seven football fields