Monday, June 04, 2012
Okay, I've officially seen everything. Katto The Elder - former Queensland National Party State Cabinet Minister, who sat at same Cabinet table as former Premier Johannes “Sir Joh” Bjelke-Petersen in the 1980s - is supporting striking mine workers at Mt Isa. This has got to be the first strike that right-wingers have supported since the Orangemen killed off Northern Ireland power-sharing in 1974, or the truck drivers helped topple Allende in 1973.
This is not your father’s National Party. (Well, in your father’s day it would have been the Country Party, which is more ideologically accurate but also vulnerable to unfortunate puns by the likes of Gough Whitlam. Welcome to Australia, where we have a conservative Liberal Party, a National Party that only exists in three out of six States, a Labor Party whose only rusted-on voters are the unemployed, and Greens who, as Tim Blair noted, rarely live in places with any greenery. Queensland is governed by a Liberal National Party that's really a conservative regional party). Only a few months ago, the Party Formerly Led By John Anderson recruited Gary "Angry" Anderson, former lead singer of the hard rock band Rose Tattoo, as a member, possibly even as a future candidate.
So the party once led by "Sir" Joh - who won numerous Queensland elections by promising to crack down on street marchers and whale-loving greenies - could end up preselecting a candidate who sang "We can't be beaten/ We can rule the streets!" in 1982, "Calling" in 1989 and "I wish I were a tribesman/ in the hills of Afghanistan" in 1984.
Posted by Tom R at 11:07 pm
Monday, April 30, 2012
It had to happen… eventually. One has a rainier wolf castle, while the other…
Personally I had always thought The Big Bang Theory would beat The Simpsons to it. (But then a lot of TBBT’s unearned geek-cred comes from throwing in passing interchangeable "[INSERT NAME OF SF/ FANTASY FRANCHISE HERE - Battlestar, Firefly, Caprica, etc]" references. Whereas Simpsons tends to actually engage with the content of what they’re parodying/ homaging… Or maybe it is GoT that is doing the homaging. Compare C Montgomery Burns with the Mad King Aerys Targaryen, for example… And has anyone ever seen the two Ms Van Houtens together in the same room?
Posted by Tom R at 1:06 pm