David Bidstrup: The dickhead factor

Anyone who has been around in the real world for some time knows that there is a proportion of the population who are dickheads. They embody everything that is dangerous to the rest of us and are a real-life manifestation of the Dunning-Kruger effect.  My estimate from 45+ years observation of our society is a ratio of around 10 dickheads per hundred of population so in Australia we have around 2.5 million dickheads causing mayhem constantly.

Unfortunately, 800+ of these are in various parliaments state and federal and the electricity fiasco is a prime example of the damage they can cause.

Their lack of critical thinking ability coupled with the political survival instinct ensures that nothing of value can ever be achieved and the job of paying for their mistakes always falls on the shoulders of those who these dickheads “represent”.

Looking at electricity, the short story is as follows.

Someone came up with the fantasyland idea that carbon dioxide, the gas of life, poses a threat to our existence as a species. There is no proof of their “hypothesis” and no experiment that can be replicated to show they are right. Their story relies on falsehoods, manipulated temperature data and the liberal application of propaganda that would make Dr G blush. Those who “represent” us decided they would jump on the bandwagon to help “save the planet”.

This would be done by using “renewable energy” so we could stop “emitting carbon pollution”. No one bothered to think of what the consequences might be or put some limits on the process. It was also decided that the system would be run by some incredibly bureaucratic “market operator” that permitted bidding every 5 minutes and had a cap of $14,000.00 per MWh on prices. I invite people to read an earlier post of mine on the price spikes in SA in January 2018. History shows what an unmitigated disaster it has been and we now see those who started it all trying to pretend that they can fix the problem.

It is well known that wind power is virtually useless at an average 30% capacity factor and solar power is actually worse at about 17% capacity factor. Batteries are pointless and pumped hydro is wishful thinking and a nett user of electricity.

In order to “encourage” renewable energy the dickheads decided they would give those generators first dibs at supply, when they were able to, and on top of that we would all give them another $85.00 per megawatt hour as a bonus. Because “coal is dirty” those owners of the best and most reliable generation had to curtail generation when the renewables could provide something but be able to rescue the system when they could not.

In the state of darkness the previous government stood by and actively encouraged the demolition of a perfectly good power station to show their green credentials. A state wide blackout ensued 3 months later. Hundreds of millions of dollars gathered from the ordinary taxpayers funded another exercise in wetting the wall with the lease/purchase of some diesel fired turbine generators and a bit of loose change into Mr Musk’s pocket. Their replacement seems almost as clueless, which is a great worry.

Time passed, prices rose, reliability went down the toilet and ordinary folk became “energy poor” and unable to heat houses in winter or cool them in summer. Businesses closed and people lost their jobs but it was “all in a good cause” except the largest “emitters” thumbed their noses and kept on “polluting” the earth.

Those who followed the next incarnation of the original dickheads reckon they know it all and promise us the world. They will not be able to deliver, but that’s politics.

Here we are in 2018 and the electricity system is a shambles. Renewable operators scam at will and pocket the subsidies. The oligopolists of electricity thumb their noses at governments and citizens alike, the corporate regulator is impotent and the dangerous left and insane greens wait in the wings for the death of the present government so they can have their turn at sending us further into serfdom.

You can always tell when a dangerous idea is in the offing, just look at the propaganda. There will be things like “there is no turning back” and other such bullshit. The other warning sign is when the level of complication rises “exponentially”, (as they say in the best propaganda). An engineering axiom is to “keep it simple” and get the most effective, (otherwise known as doing the right thing), outcome. Over-complication should have the BS alarm tooting full volume.

There was a time when the provision of electricity was reliable, cheap and simple. Economists will argue that “the market” is the only pure mechanism but I think that is a manifestation of their lack of real world experience and dearth of technical know-how.

The solution is simple, just follow the bouncing ball:

(1): Get rid of unreliable “renewable” generation and the subsidies we all pay to their owners.

(2): Contract with generators who have the capacity to provide “dispatchable” power with long term, (12 months or more), contracts for base load and peaking power.

(3): Throw the NEM and AEMO in the bin and get some people who have the experience, qualifications and intelligence to run the system at least cost for the benefit of the country. They are there but are probably mowing lawns, running a “hire a hubby” franchise or towing a van around Australia with the missus by their side, making life difficult for semi drivers.

(4): Take over any organisation that refuses to play by the rules and send their CEO’s back to where they came from.

(5): Stop taking advice from vested interests, “environmentalists” and most economists. As JK Galbraith said, “the function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”.

(6): Stop believing in “climate change” and stop believing that man can influence natural forces.

(7): Learn to love coal. It has done us proud for many years and despite the wishful thinking of many dickheads it will do so for many more.

This country is in deep shit and nothing that is proposed by the dickheads will get us out of it.

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57 Responses to David Bidstrup: The dickhead factor

  1. stackja

    Dickhead, a stupid, irritating, or ridiculous man. Yes. Many in politics.

  2. Neville

    Well said, David. Any chance of getting the article into the MSM? .. Nah, I thought not!

  3. entropy

    (1): Get rid of unreliable “renewable” generation and the subsidies we all pay to their owners.

    you don’t have to actively “get rid of” anything. Just stop the subsidies and reality will over a few months take care of the rest.

    The screaming from the rent seekers and their useful idiots while it happens would be irritating though.

    Also, why go back to coal? just install a S9G otherwise destined for a virginia class sub pumping out 150 MWH into a medium sized regional town that is then disconnected from the grid. 33 years before it needs a recharge. Everyone else will get the message pretty quick when the town’s denizens are paying $0.10 per KWH.

  4. Crossie

    Their lack of critical thinking ability coupled with the political survival instinct ensures that nothing of value can ever be achieved and the job of paying for their mistakes always falls on the shoulders of those who these dickheads “represent”.

    That is true but the real question is who are they afraid of, who Do they want to keep happy rather than the voters and taxpayers?

    My answer is the media and academia. They are the real vandals destroying science, knowledge and culture.

    To what purpose is all this destruction? My guess is a Superman complex on the part of our elites, the media and academia. They want to show that they are not arrogant but rather very humble and caring people. They need to prove to the rest of the benighted earthlings how much they care so they need to invent a catastrophe from which they could save us.

  5. John Constantine

    Once we have been de-electrified, then we can be decolonialised, then the place can be rewilded, according to ecofeminist goddess theory.

    It is just all the fashion at the moment.

    Comrades.

  6. Crossie

    To continue with my train of thought, once the media and academia have convinced themselves and a large part of the population that the nonexistent catastrophe is real they feel they have the right to abuse and oppress the resisters and they will never stop because they are doing it for our own good. They have to be stopped. But how?

    When I was much younger I thought the USSR was an oppressive prison of millions of people that could never be brought down. That regime also had the politicians, academia and the media working against the people. I am happy to have lived long enough to see its downfall but I am becoming less optimistics about stopping the political correctness of all sorts descending on the western world like a suffocating fog.

  7. yarpos

    Excellent summary of the current dilemma, but I fear the proposals have an ice cubes chance in hell of even being considered.

  8. Crossie

    Once we have been de-electrified, then we can be decolonialised, then the place can be rewilded, according to ecofeminist goddess theory.

    Proponents of that sort of policy usually think that they will be exempt from effects of such an outcome. Others are just too naive to realise that if their dreams were to come true there would no longer be any iPhones, laptops or any other type of technology. I don’t think they would like the future they are advocating.

  9. Crossie

    you don’t have to actively “get rid of” anything. Just stop the subsidies and reality will over a few months take care of the rest.

    Just like Indonesian authorities told the Australian government if they wanted to stop illegal immigration take the sugar off the table in the form of permanent residency and access to benefits. To get rid of every renewable take the sugar off the table – just stop the subsidies completely. Once people have to pay the real price for their vanity projects they may reconsider.

  10. 2dogs

    Throw the NEM and AEMO in the bin

    Is that needed? AEMO is not necessarily a warmie institution. I’ll take your point if you call it an enabler, but I’m not sure that warrants the chopping block.

  11. JC

    Looking at electricity, the short story is as follows.

    Someone came up with the fantasyland idea that carbon dioxide, the gas of life, poses a threat to our existence as a species. There is no proof of their “hypothesis” and no experiment that can be replicated to show they are right. Their story relies on falsehoods, manipulated temperature data and the liberal application of propaganda that would make Dr G blush. Those who “represent” us decided they would jump on the bandwagon to help “save the planet”.

    I don’ t really understand the point of going there. We’re a very large energy exporter, which by definition means we are exporting competitively priced energy the the rest of the world, while we consume some of the most expensive energy in the world.

  12. John Stankevicius

    Well done David. Crosstie your post re the USSR is spot on . I do not understand why all this garbage is accepted and now the destruction of our cities with Stalinist high density buildings. Absolutely dumb.

  13. C.L.

    This should be compulsory reading for all adults in this country.
    I don’t blame the dickheads in the ALP and the Greens, though. Their behaviour is a given.
    I blame the Liberal Party. At state and federal level they have had the opportunity to stop the dickheads. Instead they embraced the dickheads, loved the dickheads and became the dickheads. Today the biggest dickhead in Australia is Malcolm Turnbull.

  14. RobK

    The experiment with RE will end in tears. The sooner the preference of RE parasitic sudsidies are abandoned, the better.

  15. RobK

    Further comments on the experiment with RE:
    I think every generation marvels at the pace of change. Technology has improved remarkably. Electrical power systems have improved and cost have come down. To counter this; complexity has gone up. Just like the paperless office that doesn’t use less paper but does a lot more stuff, the new instrumentation and control gear enables things we could only dream of a decade or two ago. There is a constraint though which is the amount of energy required to power the increased complexity. That isnt getting any less (even though we are doing more with it). All the schemes of modernity tend to be energy intensive: nano technology, block chain, high speed travel, high speed data, mechanised agriculture, air con heating and ventilation etc. Then the old staples of steel, textiles, mining and processing….all bulk energy consumption. Unfortunately, many people think because a small solar cell will charge an iPhone, that all of society can work that way, if we just try. There’s a bit of unmanaged expectations and ignorance of what is presently possible and how much it will cost.

  16. Tim

    The plus with renewable energy is it isn’t a long term solution – it all needs replacing every 20 years or so, or 7 years for batteries. So we’re not locked into the fuck-up for the next 100 years or anything…

  17. Beachcomber

    Don’t forget all the dickheads in the media, academia, public service, and boardrooms of major corporations.

  18. Tom

    For those of us who just want to get on with our lives and leave governing for the governors, that is no longer an option. We’re in a civilizational crisis because we left the governing to dickheads (as David says). There is no do-gooder about them. They know what they are doing is evil.

    There are no silver bullets or white knights because of Australia’s institutional mediocrity. Every semblance of recent national leadership, from Rudd to Abbott to Trumble, was an expensive mirage: two giant egos and a self-doubter who disappeared up his own arse.

    No more gurus. I’ve had a gutful of gurus.

    The only quality I value in fixing this orgy of national self-destruction is courage. Do the right thing for the country, stick to your word and tell the carpetbagging vested interests to fuck off.

    Government is a necessary evil. The saving grace of the best governments is that we hardly notice them.

  19. Petros

    Entropy, love the way you think.

  20. Mark A

    entropy
    #2764164, posted on July 15, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    Also, why go back to coal? just install a S9G otherwise destined for a virginia class sub pumping out 150 MWH into a medium sized regional town that is then disconnected from the

    Probably enough for 1500 to 3000 homes depending on average usage.
    Not a bad idea, depending on initial price of course, but it’s academic as the uproar would shatter the mountains on the moon.

  21. Herodotus

    This has happened because politics is stuffed. Unless there’s a real conservative growth – and that means not bagging the AC before it gets its act together – it will be not just the power system that is stuffed but the nation as a whole. The Libs are a lost cause, Canavan is now on record as saying the Nats are not wedded to coal, so the only way to unstuff politics is a new party holding some power to influence policies and help get sensible measures through parliament.
    I know that there will be plenty here who’ll bag Australian Conservatives. That’s ok if they have a better idea and I’m not thinking of MV’s informal voting strategy. So far there’s no other coherent plan but to back AC.

  22. Charles

    It is unfortunate that the preferred business model of energy generators and retailers is now milking subsidies as opposed to supplying aforementioned energy. However, when you have an electricity supply system designed and managed by public servants who have managed to get to this point in their lives without ever having to conduct a risk-assessment, then the current mess is likely what you get.

    In my view a message should be sent to those public servants (not the elected ones because they are not in charge) who have responsibility for energy that they will be held accountable for the damage they are doing to energy supply and the economy, and that we will vote for any political party that promises to hold them accountable (this automatically precludes Labor, Liberals and Greens).

    The answers are relatively simple, all that is required is the political will and stopping public servants from making decisions without exploring what the unintended consequences of their decisions will be.

  23. Spring is coming

    How’s about writing into the Constitution first rule of Govmint membership: No dickheads!

    Could we also include in our border policy?

  24. Cassie of Sydney

    “Herodotus
    #2764333, posted on July 16, 2018 at 6:28 am
    This has happened because politics is stuffed. Unless there’s a real conservative growth – and that means not bagging the AC before it gets its act together – it will be not just the power system that is stuffed but the nation as a whole. The Libs are a lost cause, Canavan is now on record as saying the Nats are not wedded to coal, so the only way to unstuff politics is a new party holding some power to influence policies and help get sensible measures through parliament.
    I know that there will be plenty here who’ll bag Australian Conservatives. That’s ok if they have a better idea and I’m not thinking of MV’s informal voting strategy. So far there’s no other coherent plan but to back AC.”

    My thoughts too, our only option is the minor parties. As I live in Chief Dickhead aka Lord Waffler’s electorate, I will be voting informal in the lower house unless the AC stand a candidate (finger’s crossed). However, in the senate, I will split my vote between the AC, One Nation and the Liberal Democrats. I also think that disaffected people such as ourselves need to throw our support behind these minor parties (however imperfect they are) and we need to stop bagging them which I suspect is what people like Latham believe hence his robocalls last week for One Nation. And whilst they are imperfect, they are a hundred times better than the current Waffler Liberal party which is quite frankly, a total and utter disgrace.

  25. Entropy

    Mark A. Maybe we could ameliorate the initial cost of SG9s by also telling the French to stick their yet to be designed and mashed up diesel barracudas and getting a brace of SSN(X) Virginia class boats. Unlike the French boondoggle, the SSN(X) will have next gen capabilities delivered earlier and on time.

    You are also right about the screaming. I pick Byron Bay as one of two demonstration locations, the other being a more pragmatic lot. The bryon one would of course never get located there due to continual protests, and the other would get built in peace while the Nimbys, Ferals and other associated freaks are all kept busy at Bryon. After 10 years it would be like the difference between North and South Korea at night.

    Hmmm. Might be we have to first kill all the lawyers.

  26. 132andBush

    We appear to be approaching the dickhead event horizon, brought about by decades of post modernist permeation of our institutions and a corresponding corruption of the scientific method.
    Every post modernist philosopher/proponent was or is a Marxist in political ideology.
    And so called political conservatives who go along with it are, as CL noted re Turnbull, dickheads.

  27. Chris

    It is unfortunate that the preferred business model of energy generators and retailers is now milking subsidies as opposed to supplying aforementioned energy.

    In fact, its the only business model in Australia that allows hope of profits exceeding regulatory costs.

  28. EvilElvis

    Technology has improved remarkably.

    Yep, windmills have been around for 100s or 1000s of years. Technology. As for wind ‘power’, I don’t see many bulk carriers around with sails on them…

    All valid points David. Slash and burn, but, don’t replace. Get the system back to basics and only sort problems as they arise.

  29. areff

    people such as ourselves need to throw our support behind these minor parties

    Absolutely, although with no expectation that they will do anything but obstruct, delay and complicate business in the upper house.

    If we can’t get a dickhead-free political cadre that can implement common sense — and we can’t — a discordant rabble that stops everything being achieved, good and bad alike, is the next-best option.

    Govern least, govern best. Make the Senate even more dysfunctional!

  30. Herodotus

    AC Policy – from their website.
    Energy
    Key Points:
    • Australians deserve the most reliable and affordable energy in the world.
    • With electricity generation, we are technology-agnostic but subsidy-averse.
    • We support nuclear power and a nuclear fuel cycle industry.
    • We support all forms of electricity generation and will provide them with legislative certainty and legal protection.
    • We do not support any renewable energy targets.
    • We will remove all taxpayer and cross subsidies to electricity generation.
    • We will require all electricity supplied to the grid to be useable – that is, predictable and consistent in output (kWhrs) and synchronous (at the required 50 Hz range).
    • We will allow market forces to provide the most efficient power generation available.
    • We will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
    Further Information:
    Electricity
    Australia should have the cheapest and most reliable electricity in the world. We have world-scale and world-class coal, gas and uranium reserves. Yet our electricity sector no longer reflects that.
    Australian Conservatives are open to any form of electricity generation, and will provide legislative certainty for the ongoing use of fossil fuels. We will remove the barriers to building more dams for hydro-power and clear the way for nuclear power as well as a nuclear fuel cycle industry.
    Gas: Australia should also have the cheapest and most reliable gas supply in the world.
    We will support landholders’ rights to allow gas production on their properties, and to a reasonable return for that access and extraction, to help ensure there are sufficient quantities available for our domestic and export markets.
    Renewable Energy and Climate Change
    Australia produces less than 1.5% of global CO2 emissions. Even if our emissions were reduced to zero, it would make no perceptible difference to the climate.
    Ideological obsessions with uneconomic renewable technologies to meet unrealistic emissions targets to prevent ‘climate change’ have made our energy unreliable and expensive. Targets and subsidies for renewable energy distort the market and disadvantage consumers. Australian Conservatives are open to renewable energy as an option for electricity generation but we oppose taxpayer and cross-subsidies to support it.

    Australian Conservatives will scrap all taxpayer and cross-subsidies for electricity generation and allow market forces to determine the best outcomes for Australian consumers and business.

  31. thefrolickingmole

    Im looking forward to the show trials.

    “Are you now, or have you ever been a dickhead”…

  32. Cassie of Sydney

    “Absolutely, although with no expectation that they will do anything but obstruct, delay and complicate business in the upper house”.

    Good, this what the Labor party and the Green fascists have been doing for years. If dickhead waffler is reelected or Bill Shitten is elected then I want the senate to be an absolute circus, with the minor right of centre parties in the majority and causing complete mayhem. Why not? This is the tactic of Labor, the Greens and the left in general. Blocking, obstructing, complicating. They do it shamelessly, it is time we adopted the same Alinsky type tactics. Otherwise we may as well unfurl the white flag and drink the hemlock because really what is the alternative? Being genteel and accommodating all the time? Oh, that has really helped us hasn’t it? There is a war being fought and it is time we engaged in that war.

  33. Howard Hill

    Those who “represent” us decided they would jump on the bandwagon to help themselves “fleece the plebs”.

    This would be done by using “renewable energy” so they could fleece the plebs while making them feel good about it.

    Now that’s more like it!

    I wonder who the dickheads are?

  34. Tim Neilson

    Economists will argue that “the market” is the only pure mechanism but I think that is a manifestation of their lack of real world experience and dearth of technical know-how.

    The rest of your post is great Dave but you’re wrong about this. If we had anything within a trillion light years of a free market for energy in this country everything would be fine, with nary a solar panel or wind turbine to be seen.

    If dickhead waffler is reelected or Bill Shitten is elected then I want the senate to be an absolute circus, with the minor right of centre parties in the majority and causing complete mayhem.

    Couldn’t agree more Cassie, but (as you imply) it won’t happen unless the sane “minority” parties get actual numerical control. The moment a few minor Senators try to impose some sense, the Trumble/Peanut Head cartel will always find common ground to bulldoze ahead with imbecility.

    Remember when the idiots voted an extra $23 billion for “education” with zero objectives, zero benchmarks, zero anything except “spend spend spend” – handing the money to the bureaucrats who had just given us “safe [for fedopiles] schools” FFS. Bernardi and Leyonhjelm pointed out the extinction level stupidity of the concept, but they were the only two who voted against it.

    Still, all we can do is cast our own votes as best we can.

  35. Mater

    The rest of your post is great Dave but you’re wrong about this. If we had anything within a trillion light years of a free market for energy in this country everything would be fine, with nary a solar panel or wind turbine to be seen.

    This.

  36. Dr Fred Lenin

    The quality of our dickheads is unsurpassed ,for instance generate power from water running downhill then use the power to pump the water back where it started so that it can flow back down to create power! Now the writers of Monty Python weren’t even capable of this thought. Innovation from the cleverest dickheads . The people who thought that up and encouraged them should be writing comedy and fantasy for the alpbc so it has at least some humour amongst the incessant propaganda . There is no conscious humour amongst socialists ,but plenty of unintended humour like the perpetual motion power circle.
    We could have tourist buses to look at the “ Snowyn Circle of Power, a new tourist attraction ,the Chinese tourists would get a real laugh at the Gwai Lohs stupidity. They could put dye in the water and wait for it to recycle a good example of usefull productive recycling .

  37. Mater

    The rest of your post is great Dave but you’re wrong about this. If we had anything within a trillion light years of a free market for energy in this country everything would be fine, with nary a solar panel or wind turbine to be seen.

    When you’ve reduced your generation capacity (for idealogical reasons) to the bare minimum required to supply the demand, where is the market?
    When producers know that their product is absolutely essential to the stability of the system and will be purchased, regardless of price, how competitive do they think the pricing is going to be?
    Don’t blame the market when government regulation and partisan politics have driven away all but the bare minimum participants and destroyed actual competition.

  38. DaveR

    Someone came up with the fantasyland idea that carbon dioxide, the gas of life, poses a threat to our existence as a species.

    Its important to realise who those “someones” were. It was Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. And they are still operating unfettered today, with the Australian chapters directed fom Europe and the UK.
    The whole mess goes back to the rise of internationalism under the guise of environmentalism. It was anti-capitalist and anti-west from the beginning. And still is.

  39. Tom

    Govern least, govern best. Make the Senate even more dysfunctional!

    While Australian politics persists with its national leadership vacuum, voters have no option but to continue to vote for obstruction in the upper house to stop the government if it tries to do anything.

  40. Economists will argue that “the market” is the only pure mechanism but I think that is a manifestation of their lack of real world experience and dearth of technical know-how.

    Now, this is just projection.

    Try again.

  41. Entropy

    I think Bidstrup meant “the market” as it is now, not a free market, Frank.

  42. Habib

    The best thing about throwing them out of helicopters is that you’re burning a shitload of fossil fuel while you’re doing it. Win/win.

  43. Welp I also meant “No,”, not ‘now’, so small mercies ought to be granted.

  44. Boambee John

    It is unfortunate that the preferred business model of energy generators and retailers is now milking subsidies as opposed to supplying aforementioned energy.

    Judith Sloan if you are reading, are the data available in the reports and accounts of RE companies to determine what proportion of their profits come from subsidies? It would be damning indeed if subsidies received exceeded profits.

  45. Allan Broadbridge

    Dear Sir, I must take issue with your 10% Dickhead figure. My 80 years of life experience convinces me that dickheads must exceed 50% in number. The absolute proof is that only dickheads would vote dickheads into office and dickheads rule.

  46. David Bidstrup

    I appreciate the comments posted.

    The politics of “energy policy” ensures that no one will put their arse on the line and confess to making a ginormous cock up.

    There was a time when no one gave a second thought to electricity. It was there and it was cheap. Some argue that the system of government owned power systems was somehow “socialist” and therefore suspect but history shows that it worked well.
    If those in charge were brave enough to pull their heads out of their fundamentals and seek advice from people who know something about the subject they might see the error of their ways – might, but very unlikely. “Climate change” has got them all by the nuts and they are shit frightened that they might lose a place at the trough if they speak up.

    It does not seem to matter that the “concensus” only exists within the believers’ camp. There is plenty of stuff that shows the CO2 theory is complete bullshit but it hangs on ably assisted by captive “scientists” who parrot the climate party line and renewable energy carpetbaggers who are the beneficiaries of some very ordinary policy.
    The generation and distribution of electricity is an engineering issue not one that can be manipulated in “models” that have no basis in reality. The “traditional” method used large power plants that churned away constantly. This has been trashed in some insane quest to “save the planet” when it does not need saving and consumers and business pay the cost.

    I met an 85 year old widow who had her electricity and water supply cut off because she could not afford to pay the bills. She was a high school physics and chemistry teacher over a 40+ year career, built a house, raised a family and paid her bills. She is now a pensioner and struggles to survive, as many do. After finding someone to help her navigate the bureaucracy and get her power and water back she was charged a “re-connection” fee. She cannot afford to heat or cool her house and uses sleeping bags to keep warm in the winter.

    I would bet she is just one of many who wonder how the country got into such a mess.

  47. Great work David!

    Articulates my thoughts.

  48. cohenite

    If what happened in SA, over 200000 disconnected homes, power bills going through the roof hasn’t concentrated the minds (sic) of the electorate sensible articles like this won’t.

    I think this is the stupidest country on the planet; the electorate has been spoilt, molly-coddled and condescended to by a cadre of academics, media/political and bureaucrats. I don’t think anything will wake them up. Certainly not sensible articles like this.

  49. Speedbox

    While Australian politics persists with its national leadership vacuum, voters have no option but to continue to vote for obstruction in the upper house to stop the government if it tries to do anything.

    It is highly likely that Billy will be our next PM despite the apparent fact that he is less popular than Malcolm. The only reason Mal could pull a rabbit out of the hat is because he is the “preferred PM”. But the problem is, both will be equally disastrous. If Billy wins, we will go full-on Leftism – no pretense at moderation. The Unions, Get Up, Earth Friends etc plus every spiv and snake oil salesman will go bananas – we will look back at the Gillard years with longing.

    If Mal somehow falls across the line, that will be interpreted by Liberal HQ as meaning, at least, “more of the same” or worse (and more likely), a shift further to the Left. Either way, were fu*ked.

    Our only hope is a rabble in the Senate to slow progress of the worst excesses. But even then, it won’t be enough. Sooner or later, the outriders will be corralled and won over with 30 pieces of silver. So, we are fu*ked again.

    My solution? Sorry, I don’t have one. We can do our best to elect those from the minor parties but I don’t see any hope for this country until election cycle ~2022 (and probably the one after that ~2025). By that time, the damage will be deep but we may raise sufficient groundswell of opinion that there is a better way. Even so, a ‘conservative’ government is unlikely. The best we can hope for is one that is genuinely right of centre. (actually, not figuratively like Mal).

    The previous ten years (in particular) have been economic and social vandalism. I barely recognise this country as the one I grew up in and have no confidence in this country or its prospects into the immediate and medium term future.

  50. There was a time when no one gave a second thought to electricity. It was there and it was cheap. Some argue that the system of government owned power systems was somehow “socialist” and therefore suspect but history shows that it worked well.

    I think you have rose coloured glasses. Even into the 1990s, we had semi-annual to quarterly, unplanned blackouts due to a lack of maintenance or union hissy fits.

    I met an 85 year old widow who had her electricity and water supply cut off because she could not afford to pay the bills. She was a high school physics and chemistry teacher over a 40+ year career, built a house, raised a family and paid her bills. She is now a pensioner and struggles to survive, as many do.

    I’m not motivated to stay here until old age.

  51. David Bidstrup

    Neither am I Frank.

  52. Dr Fred Lenin

    It’s a sad thing to say , but it’s the only alternative to destruction of our country ,next election we must vote for the minor parties ,especially in the senate ,a completely dysfunctional senate means whatever dickheads get in they connot rule ,and they cannot go to the next election bragging about their “achievements”. It’s the only way the real taxpaying people can stop the career dickheads from having power. A massive number of votes against the national gangrene laboral clowns would also negate any mandate they may claim . This will keep them busy trying to save their miserable careers untill we abolish career politics and political parties ,take the money off them and they will disappear .

  53. There is nothing sad about it Fred.

    The idea that the Liberals would always come to our rescue is actually quite pathetic.

  54. jupes

    Excellent article David.

    Dunno about your stats though. I would argue that a lot more than 10% of the population are dickheads.

    What about the people who continue to vote for the dickheads?

  55. iain russell

    Our ‘experts’ are World’s Worst Practice. In every field.

  56. We used to refer to it as the dickhead ratio. i.e. number of dickheads / group population.

    A ratio of 0.10 can be tolerated. When it gets to 0.20 you are in a terminal state, things only get worse from there. (e.g. dickheads hire (or import) more dickheads).

    The Federal parliament is in a terminal phase as the current ratio, I believe, is approx. 0.95

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