“One of the most disturbing recent developments”

Nikki Saava at her finest:

One of the most amusing, or disturbing, recent developments has been the embrace of former Labor leader Mark Latham by sections of the hard right as their new darling. Almost as amusing and disturbing as their embrace of Donald Trump.

As I recall, she also prefers Malcolm to Tony. Is there anyone on the editorial page of The Oz with worse judgement than her?

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73 Responses to “One of the most disturbing recent developments”

  1. closeapproximation

    I can agree on this one with Steve. What a waste of paper real estate.

  2. Lorraine

    “One of the most amusing, or disturbing, recent developments has been the embrace of former Labor leader Mark Latham by sections of the hard right …..”

    I don’t buy Nikki Savva’s opinion – she doesn’t see that what the people see in Latham is his straight up comments that resonate with those who have embraced him lately and they are not necessarily only people from the “hard right” as she would like us to believe.

  3. john constantine

    The cat isn’t the Hard Right.

    Once the shortfilth/plibblefilth/greenfilth regime lawfares the cat into extinction [and re-educates those that openly posted] to the cheers of the obama loving team turnbull opposition, that will end the moderate libertarians and polite deniers and well spoken dissenters.

    Then only the Hard Right will remain.
    That will take a true Judge Dredd, zero tolerance, total police state effort to stamp out of existance.

  4. candy

    If the “hard right” embrace Malcolm Turnbull she will love the “hard right”.

    She’s very hurt that sections of the right side of politics don’t love M. Turnbull. I believe it causes her a lot of emotional pain.

  5. Stephen Sasse

    I must agree – I do relish The Oz, but regard Ms Savva as the printed equivalent of Q&A – predictably biased and shedding no light on anything but her own prejudices and preferences.

  6. val majkus

    Is there anyone on the editorial page of The Oz with worse judgement than her?

    well, there was that time when the Oz editorialised ‘vote for Kevin’ – my mother said ‘Are they mad?’

  7. Senile Old Guy

    She’s very hurt that sections of the right side of politics don’t love M. Turnbull. I believe it causes her a lot of emotional pain.

    I think you are right. Certainly, in recent months she has devoted many words to praising Turnbull’s (few) talents and achievements. The only surprise I got with this most recent column is that she avoided the almost inevitable go at Abbott.

    I must agree – I do relish The Oz, but regard Ms Savva as the printed equivalent of Q&A – predictably biased and shedding no light on anything but her own prejudices and preferences.

    Yes, she used to be good value but has become a biased Turnbull cheerleader, astonished that the deplorables do not adore him.

  8. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    I wish that Abbott had the speaking skills of Turnbull. Neither man is ideal. Does the Liberal Party have any politician who could really lead it, not just look pretty, which is what Turnbull does best?

  9. Geriatric Mayfly

    “One of the most amusing, or disturbing, recent developments has been the embrace of former Labor leader Mark Latham by sections of the hard right …..”

    Even more amusing, nay hysterical, is the rejection of Ayaan Hirsi Ali by the hard Left feminazis, and all their fellow scum.

  10. dopey

    Where does “right” end and “hard right” begin. Not sure where I fit.

  11. Can’t even make up her mind. Amusing or disturbing – which is it?

  12. Pickles

    Richo is much worse. From the moment he clambered up on that truck and drew the green left to his bosom we were doomed. Now we see his sage advices in print. Fuck that.

  13. max

    How long before Latham is routinely referred to as right-wing extremist, Mark Latham.

    Like the media metamorphosis of Hirsi Ali.

  14. JC

    It’s actually a shocking indictment when one thinks about it. What she’s saying is that it doesn’t matter what a person is espousing, you must look at his past to see if it’s something can acceptable. What a shocker.

  15. A Lurker

    I can just imagine Saava manning an anti-aircraft battery in Germany during WW2 whilst complaining about all those nasty and uncouth RAF types flying overhead who are dropping all those inconvenient bombs on Turnbull, sorry…dams and munitions factories.

  16. OldOzzie

    Dear Nikki,

    Will be voting in the Manly By Election this weekend and will be putting James Griffin Liberal last of 12 Candidates in the by-election, because of Back Stabbing Malcolm Turnbull and previous useless Manly Member Mike Baird who did nothing for his own electorate

  17. M Ryutin

    You don’t need to know much about Savva to understand her bile and bias (and, yes, her conflict of interest, what with her husband opening car doors for Turnbull and being a supposed “staffer”, yet it was Credlin who was bagged unmercifully by Savva and “the team”..

    The Savva hatred of Credlin and her smearing about an affair with Abbott is par for the course in the modern political media (see the Jacqueline Maley filth in the smh smearing Melania Trump, which is conveniently forgotten by Maley and EVERY “feminist” SJW as she carries on about Trump and others: see

    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/is-melania-trump-her-husbands-greatest-victim-or-his-biggest-enabler-20161117-gsrlc4.html

    but her protections of the incompetence of her own husband and the rest of the Turnbull hangers on is laughable by comparison

  18. min

    Well she has got to keep Malcolm in the top job or her husband loses his

  19. Habib

    Savva has always been such a lightweight I’m surprised her vacuum-filled, weather-beaten head doesn’t slip its moorings and head for the ionosphere. I’m still waiting for the old boot to declare her conflict of interest in that her apparently blind and deaf hubby is on staff for Lord Waffleworth, probably as a footstool.

  20. OldOzzie

    PS Mark Latham, if you read the Cats blog, how does one contibute to your cause – not obvious on your sites – OldOzzie

  21. Rabz

    Is there anyone on the editorial page of The Oz with worse judgement than her?

    von Wrongsolen is similarly reality challenged.

  22. lotocoti

    Where does “right” end and “hard right” begin.

    What if you’re only semi-tumescent?
    (Asking for a friend.)

  23. Chris

    Bring back Tony for PM.

  24. Senile Old Guy

    (Asking for a friend.)

    Am I the only one jealous of these people with friends?

    (Asking for a friend.)

  25. Mark M

    “by sections of the hard right as their new darling.”

    Guess Saava sees herself “of the progressive centre” like David Marr @20.56:

    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/link

  26. Beachside

    OldOzzie
    #2346951, posted on April 6, 2017 at 10:49 am

    PS Mark Latham, if you read the Cats blog, how does one contibute to your cause – not obvious on your sites – OldOzzie

    https://support.marklathamsoutsiders.com/

  27. Des Deskperson

    “What she’s saying is that it doesn’t matter what a person is espousing, you must look at his past to see if it’s something can acceptable. ”

    Well, he has a somewhat erratic reputation and he has come out with some pretty weird stuff in the past – the ‘meathead’ insult of a few years back alone ought to be sending warning bells to conservatives. This stuff, plus his recent outbursts, make him look at best like a loose cannon and at worst like an unstable, attention-seeking narcissist.

    Latham may have the right line just now, but his underlying political and personal motivations and interests remain obscure and his self-control remains problematic. I’m not sure that he can be trusted as any sort of effective voice for conservatism. Indeed, it would not surprise me if he ended up in a few years time sharing a platform with Sally McManus.

  28. Philippa Martyr

    And to think Nikki Savva wrote all that herself.

    It wasn’t me this time!

  29. Dr Faustus

    Disturbed and amused by the continued interest in Ms Savva and all her works.

    It must be a tough gig having 1000 weekly words of praise to write, while the Great Communicator waffles, flounders, misses the bleeding obvious developments happening all around him – and fails to deliver anything that could be possibly polished to look like achievement.

    Reading them gives the same awkward feeling as watching the cops take away a geriatric shop-lifter.

  30. Goanna

    Fair go, Steve.
    Some of us don’t take her seriously.
    We go straight to the amusing comments once we’ve found the Where’s-Wally-AbbottAbbott-reference.

  31. Habib

    And to think Nikki Savva wrote all that herself. Sometimes she managed to make it to the butcher paper before eating the crayons.

  32. Helen

    I have to agree with Nikki, or at least half way. It is amusing. I think there’s been five articles in the Australian so far (Nikki’s may be the 6th?) each followed by large numbers of comments extolling Latham: he’s really a decent man (in spite of his words/behaviour), I’m going to cancel my subscription to Sky, The Australian, the Womens Weekly etc.
    Why on earth do so many people, right-wing of otherwise, think so highly of a loose cannon? (Don’t bother, I know the answer, the fact that he’s a loose cannon is what’s attractive. It’s so much more fun to watch something being demolished than built.)

  33. mark

    Not sure I understand the Latham thing. I have not viewed his TV show. There are plenty of other sources of useful information and commentary around, Catallaxy included. Beats me why I’d bother to take in the views of someone who so roundly disgraced himself when it really mattered. The strange nature of political life seems to mean people like Latham won’t go away. I hope in five years we are not enduring Gillard in some resurrection, maybe as a new darling of the right. I guess this little spat is not so much a critique of Latham, or of Saava, but of the Australian newspaper. Well, it’s a pity to say it, but newspapers offer very little these days that cannot be found elsewhere of a higher quality.

  34. Rob MW

    One of the most amusing, or disturbing, recent developments has been the embrace of former Labor leader Mark Latham by sections of the hard right as their new darling. Almost as amusing and disturbing as their embrace of Donald Trump.

    Just another opinionated dickhead who lacks self-awareness when describing other people who can think for themselves and in whom they don’t like. But ticking the ugliness box both on the inside and outside is an outstanding achievement for Savva.

    She is just ugly as because it’s her job: – ‘It’s Our Job to Tell You What to Think’

  35. struth

    Why on earth do so many people, right-wing of otherwise, think so highly of a loose cannon? (Don’t bother, I know the answer, the fact that he’s a loose cannon is what’s attractive. It’s so much more fun to watch something being demolished than built.)

    You obviously don’t know the answer at all.
    ’cause that ain’t it.

  36. struth

    Not sure I understand the Latham thing. I have not viewed his TV show.

    Der…………….

  37. jupes

    Is there anyone on the editorial page of The Oz with worse judgement than her?

    Paul Kelly, PVO.

  38. Beats me why I’d bother to take in the views of someone who so roundly disgraced himself when it really mattered.

    Similar to Tony Abbott who talked a good game before and after being PM.
    Shame about the actual PM stage. (Some decisions excepted).

  39. mh

    Nikki Savva is a good fit for ABC’s Insiders.

    But I have no idea why the Australian would want to publish her drivel.

  40. struth

    Fuck it boys.
    Lets start growing beards.
    It’s time to get these bitches back in the kitchen.
    Allah ackbar.

  41. Cassie of Sydney

    I regard Savva as The Oz’s version of Elizabeth Farrelly, a complete and utter joke.

  42. A Lurker

    The Right is not going to win the Culture Wars, let alone individual Culture Battles, by being genteel.

  43. Des Deskperson

    BTW, my mistrust of Latham shouldn’t be taken to imply that I have much time for Saava.

    I lost any remaining respect for her after she described that shallow and conceited turd- and former head of PM&C – Dr Peter Shergold as ’eminently capable’

    She wasn’t talking about any brilliance in policies or programs advice an support, but rather a colour-coded system he had introduced which allowed the PM’s office to track progress on briefs and submissions, something a competent APS 5 could have developed.

    Saava is not only a poor judge of talent but obviously very easily impressed.

  44. Driftforge

    Hard Right, Old Left, who can tell the difference?

    Obviously not dear Nikki.

  45. incoherent rambler

    And to think Nikki Savva wrote all that herself.

    Evidence please.

    At best, she dictated.

  46. Cannibal

    Anybody lining their bird cages with Savva’s column should be condemned for animal cruelty. Humans on the other hand seem to eat this garbage up with a spoon. They even pay for it!

  47. incoherent rambler

    For those who don’t understand the support for Latham –

    e.g.
    If Abbott’s response to the Mark Riley gotcha was a Latham like “Fsck off you turkey!”, he would probably be an 80% approved PM to this day.

    Latham has become an anti-PC evangelist. Many like that. The media hacks hate that.

  48. duncanm

    I regard Savva as The Oz’s version of Elizabeth Farrelly, a complete and utter joke.

    I don’t think she does/has done as many drugs as Lizzy (*)

    * – That’s the only explanation I have for her dribblings.

  49. DrBeauGan

    I’m not on the right, I just hate authoritarian arseholes who are nearly all lefties. I like Mark Latham because he says what he thinks. And he sees things as they are, not as some loons want them to be. I don’t give a stuff about whether he is boorish or vulgar. I like straight talking whether I agree with it or not.

    Death to PC.

  50. NewChum

    Anyone watching Latham rip apart morning show bimbos and their supplocating weak sauce men like that Karl guy must support Latham right to say what he wants. I don’t think anyone wants him to create policy or contribute to legislation, but for throwing truth grenades into their tottering tower of lies, there really isn’t anyone else in Oz at the moment.

  51. Nick

    Savva miowed about how few viewers Outsiders got yet complains about Latham. So, are his comments influential or not?

  52. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Ms. Savva is not very savvy, for reasons the crude may say stand out like dogs balls. Thank you though Doomlord for being a very savvy and tolerant gadfly to many of us. Long live the Cat. 🙂

  53. Rayvic

    Perhaps the reason the Australian publishes Savva is because her Left-wing views serve as a partial counter to the right-leaning journos.

    She is a good fit for ABC’s Insiders, especially when the ABC chooses to provide an all-Left — as distinct from its usual two Left and one Right — guest panel.

  54. Glynn

    If only people would stop reading and making comments on Ms Savva’s atrocious articles in the Australian. Silence is golden! She is conflicted with her husband working for the PM and her columns are mainly Abbott bashing or talking up Mr Turnbull.

  55. H B Bear

    I’m still waiting for the old boot to declare her conflict of interest in that her apparently blind and deaf hubby is on staff for Lord Waffleworth, probably as a footstool.

    Still the funniest thing written about Mrs Woolcock’s husband,

    Turnbull brought Malcolm Fraser’s advancer Vincent Woolcock out of retirement – the husband of anti-Peta Credlin author Niki Savva. As despair sunk in on Saturday night, one cynical wit pointed to the septuagenarian loyalist on stage at the Sofitel Wentworth and remarked: “while the Titanic is sinking, Vince is fluffing the curtains.

    Further observations, including the recently departed Nutt, can be found here.

  56. Infidel Tiger

    Savva has morphed into Helen Thomas.

    That’s not a compliment.

  57. Rohan

    Lorraine
    #2346903, posted on April 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

    I don’t buy Nikki Savva’s opinion – she doesn’t see that what the people see in Latham is his straight up comments that resonate with those who have embraced him lately and they are not necessarily only people from the “hard right” as she would like us to believe.

    +eleventy

  58. Up The Workers!

    Maybe it is time the ‘mincing Murdoch’ changed its’ name from “The Australian”, to “The Un-Australian”.

    I am told that these days it lives beyond a pay-wall.

    Fancy that!

    I don’t care HOW much Rupert is prepared to pay me, I STILL wouldn’t waste my time with that mustering of verbal diarrhoea.

    It has become almost like the repulsive Fauxfacts products – a perfectly serviceable lavatory paper or budgie-cage liner, ruined by newsprint.

  59. Julian the deplorable

    Nope, nope, nope.

  60. tgs

    Savva is a complete hack but going by how many comments her articles get the Oz would be crazy to dump her. The Oz’s readership love to hate her, she probably gets more hits and page views than anyone else in their regular stable.

  61. King Koala

    STOP GIVING THE PRESS MONEY TO PUBLISH THIS SHIT

    Seriously, everytime you buy an Australian you fund your own enemies. Cancel your subscriptions, refuse to buy any more of their papers, and send their office an email letting them know that until they get rid of cucks and leftists like Saava you will refuse to buy their paper.

    OTHERWISE, STOP WHINING ABOUT IT

  62. Stan

    Savva is a complete hack but going by how many comments her articles get the Oz would be crazy to dump her. The Oz’s readership love to hate her, she probably gets more hits and page views than anyone else in their regular stable.

    Spot on. Thursday morning, the first thing I turn to in the Oz is her column. Comedy gold each week, and well worth the admission price. I make a comment along these lines regularly in the Oz comments but it always gets censored out.

    To King Koala – I don’t think her columns do any harm. Noone, but noone, takes her seriously. She is a buffoon, and everyone knows it.

  63. Dr Fred Lenin

    The communist u.n. Lovers will try to convert people to communism ,shouldnt be too hard with a lot of “libertarians ” they are half way there already .

  64. Ubique

    Hard Right, Old Left, who can tell the difference?

    Dead right Driftforge. Maybe Nosavvy can enlighten us sometime about her definition of the hard right and how they differ from the hard left.

  65. gbees

    what the hell is the hard right? if Mark Latham is hard right then I must be too. Oh wait! that’s right my leftie mate reckons I’m well right of Genghis Kahn. I must be then …

  66. Angus Black

    Is there anyone on the editorial page of The Oz with worse judgement than her?

    Well, there is always van Oscillate and that Perrett woman… No, you’re right, Savva is the worst.

  67. Squirrel

    People should just be grateful that Latham spent so much time talking about reading bedtime stories to the little ones, instead of hitting some of the easy “populist” targets which would have worked well, even back in 2004.

  68. H B Bear

    Don’t forget Latham had Gillard at his side when he came up with Medicare Gold which would have given every oldie an open cheque book to go and have a chat with their GP whenever they felt like it. Even a backward, grasping nation like Veneztralia could see where that was going to end up.

  69. what the hell is the hard right?

    Anything critical of the Left.

  70. Fulcrum

    As a grown up and one of the proletariat, little offends more than shonky clairvoyants.

    It might be a personal thing, but I dislike being casually swept up like rubbish and tagged as racist, sexist or whatever imaginary group with which, I have no connection.

    Clairvoyance is not infallible tool of perception but it is an indispensible tool for hacks, or if you prefer, journalists like Nicci Sava. It does put foods on her table.

    It would be good if Nicci apologized for condemning her many victims but there is little chance of that. She alone is responsible for choosing a highly provocative style of communication.

    Alternatively, she could be forthright and accurately express her own provocastive views or lazily plead the fifth.

  71. Justin

    In answer to your question. Yes. Paul Kelly!!

  72. .

    dover_beach
    #2347741, posted on April 7, 2017 at 1:15 am
    what the hell is the hard right?

    Anything critical of the Left.

    I had a labor luminary explain to me once that Gough was a “right wing bastard”. Said fellow also had squandered 10 mn of an inheritance into about 500k of assets.

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