These minnows would besmirch the names of giants

Today in The Australian

“Extinction rebellion” is not a protest against governments — it is a protest against the voters who elected them. And its message to those voters is as simple as it is manifestly undemocratic: adopt our policies or we will make your life impossible.

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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47 Responses to These minnows would besmirch the names of giants

  1. stackja

    Put the disruptors in prison.

  2. PB

    So much of Extinction Rebellion seems to be young women looking for validation through acts of assumed power.

  3. Angus Black

    Compost on the hoof.

  4. wal1957

    These idiots are going to upset the wrong person one of these days.
    We have all heard the term…’the straw that broke the camels back’.

    Imagine somebody having a very bad day and these idiots with their protesting push this person over the edge into uncontrollable rage. It’s going to happen at some stage.

  5. calli

    This isn’t about winning hearts and minds. The narrative ran out of steam long ago. They don’t even try to hide their rank hypocrisy on so-called environmentalism.

    The deplorable consuming capitalist culture needs to feel the boot in the face. And how better to do it than to stop the little people getting to work.

  6. Tom

    I’m excited. The Greenfilth anti-democratic fascists who brought this on will be lucky to scrape together 5% of the popular vote at the next election. And the wreckage of the Liars party which can’t find a working man it doesn’t despise will be further than ever from the Big Government money spigot.

  7. Deplorable

    I wonder if these are paid supporters of Dangerous Dan just like the red shirts. Protest in the park or jail them or it won’t be long before some loon uses them as a speed hump.

  8. pete m

    Wal, there is footage of them protesting in sweden outside a burger joint and a big bloke is held back trying to get in and he goes off his chops swearing and spoiling for a fight.

    They let him through and he gives them a huge serve.

    Gutless pricks.

  9. A Lurker

    Climate zombies. No brains. No capacity for rational, logical, independent thinking.
    Uncover their identities and you will find Greens, Socialists, Communists, Marxists, Anarchists and other assorted lunatics, look-at-me narcissists, sociopaths and pyschopaths.
    Follow the money trail and you’ll find the usual anti-democratic, anti-capitalist, Far-Left suspects funding them; including the evil spider himself, George ‘Shelob’ Soros.

  10. hzhousewife

    Huge market for wooden bicycles opening up – NOT.
    Hubby walked past about 18 ER protesters in a NZ town of 120.000 during the week. Every single one of them was glued to their phone. One looked up and smiled weakly. That’s about all most of them can manage.

  11. Ellie

    I can’t access the full article because I don’t subscribe to the Australian.

    I’ve heard some of them describe themselves as “professional protesters”. Paid for by us – the taxpayers. Stop their Centrelink benefits if they’re not out looking for work.

  12. a happy little debunker

    adopt our policies or we will make your life impossible

    When they actually mean

    adopt our policies & we will make your life impossible

  13. Destroyer D69

    The XR sheep are on the streets.Time to have some sheepdog trials?????

  14. So much of Extinction Rebellion seems to be young women looking for validation through acts of assumed power.

    There appears to be a lot of old crones amongst them as well.

  15. Tom

    Those [Greta] fantasies may be understandable in the case of an adolescent. Unfortunately, there are far more adolescent minds in our society than there are adolescents.

    A fine column, Henry. Isn’t it amazing how anti-democratic the West’s chattering classes have become in the past three years?

    Yet I remember how you railed against the outsider in the White House pushing back against the new groupthink.

    It’s ironic that, even though I subscribe to The Australian, I am reluctant to lodge an online comment there after a legion of complaints at the Cat about the Oz’s censorship of comments that don’t toe the green left line. It would appear most of the staff at The Australian loathe its readership.

  16. mem

    XStinky or Stinky for short. (Plural – Stinkies) A person suffering from a mental condition after exposure to green mold. Sufferers attach themselves to buildings, rant, rend their clothing, parade naked and become extremely agitated. Known to gather in groups where they babble incoherently.

  17. Bruce

    wal1957: “Imagine somebody having a very bad day and these idiots with their protesting push this person over the edge into uncontrollable rage. It’s going to happen at some stage.”

    And there you have the “plan”.

    A plan that has worked on more than one previous occasion.

    1. Wind up the punters until someone snaps.

    2. Institute carefully prepared laws that will be purported to be “in reaction / to further prevent” such “snapping”.

    3. Rinse and repeat.

    Take note of the sulphurous pits from which arise all such (and many other) “laws”.

    As their godhead, Vladimir Ulyanov, asked, “Who: whom?’

    In a modern context, “Who is doing what to whom and WHO IS PAYING?”

  18. Tintarella di Luna

    XStinky or Stinky for short. (Plural – Stinkies)

    Thanks mem, I’ve called them the Stinkies over the last coupla daze the Stinkies from Revoluting Stinkation — you’ve just gotta ridicule and laugh at them, the Thomas Cook Greta Thunberg clip on another thread is just gold – Alinsky’s Rule No 5 – “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” — Alinsky was not quite there with the gender fluidity

  19. Tintarella di Luna

    So much of Extinction Rebellion seems to be young women looking for validation through acts of assumed power.

    It’s just another form of vajazzaling

  20. Tintarella di Luna

    This isn’t about winning hearts and minds. The narrative ran out of steam long ago. They don’t even try to hide their rank hypocrisy on so-called environmentalism.

    The deplorable consuming capitalist culture needs to feel the boot in the face. And how better to do it than to stop the little people getting to work.

    calli clearly they aren’t following the Rules for Radicals — Rule No 7> “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” — they’ve clearly cross that drag-line

  21. Roger

    Uncover their identities and you will find Greens, Socialists, Communists, Marxists, Anarchists and other assorted lunatics, look-at-me narcissists, sociopaths and pyschopaths.

    Correct.

    Funded by…?

  22. metro 70

    I think Andrew Bolt had the best antidote to these insane actions that threaten the livelihoods and potentially the lives of others.
    Bolt’s suggestion was that the police make detours around them …leave them in situ …glued down through toilet time.
    They couldn’t be arrested [which is what they crave] …and the ignominy may at least make them decide to change their tactics.

  23. Percy Popinjay

    Useless insane hysterical hypocritical totalitarian parasites.

    Paid for with your taxes and egged on by our beloved braindead collectivist meeja and corrupt destructive treasonous politicians.

  24. John Stankevicius

    Frank Walker
    Disco – imagine thorium being used to green the interior

    The possibilities are amazing.

    Just imagine the archecture of buildings and towns.

  25. Dr Fred Lenin

    Fire engine spyaing freezing green dyed water on them turning them into real greens ,then savage dogs to move them along ,glued on idiots removed with front end loaders . Those arrested sent to build new prison camp deep in the Alps miles from anywhere ,minimum two year sentence wil added time for bad behaviour . That might quieten them down ,take desparate dans mob with them to lend a hand ,come to,think of it empty both houses in Spring street and all the corrupt idiot local councillors to lnd a hand building the camp ,clean out the swamp a bit .

  26. Lee

    Most of those protestors look like young, unwashed hippies, or over sixty women who you would have thought would have shown far more sense by now.

    Do any of them actually have a job?

  27. D69:

    The XR sheep are on the streets.Time to have some sheepdog trials?????

    I’d suggest using cattle prods on them.
    That’d get them up and moving.

  28. Percy Popinjay

    Do any of them actually have a job?

    Yes – giving normal people the proverbials.

  29. Percy Popinjay

    I’d suggest using cattle prods on them.

    Don’t cattle prod me, bro!

  30. jupes

    These turds are the inevitable result of the immoral political, judicial, public service and corporate elite who run this country. Not one of them has the balls to call out the climate change hoax.

    What an embarrassing time to be alive.

  31. jupes

    These turds are the inevitable result of the immoral political, judicial, public service and corporate elite who run this country. Not one of them has the b*lls to call out the climate change hoax.

    What an embarrassing time to be alive.

  32. The Beer Whisperer

    or over sixty women who you would have thought would have shown far more sense by now.

    Do any of them actually have a job?

    No, just cats. Lots and lots of cats.

  33. calli

    Beery, are these The ones you had in mind?

  34. nb

    Frank Walker from National Tiles #3181227, posted on October 11, 2019 at 9:23 am:
    ‘They’re simply uninformed.’

    Also Bill Gates and nuclear research: https://www.geekwire.com/2019/inside-terrapower-nuclear-lab/

  35. Muddy

    Tintarella di Luna
    #3181374, posted on October 11, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    It’s just another form of vajazzaling.

    Ploise explain?
    Is that your creation, Tinta?

  36. Terra Power is a possible game changer.

    JC has brought it up, but thanks for reminding me about them.

    I reckon the breakthrough might be a combination of light LNER fusion with heavy fissile materials as the ongoing neutron donor. So you might get an alloy of material in a fission-fusion equilibrium.

  37. calli

    You can Google it, Muddy.

    Hint – it involves a hot glue gun. 🤣

  38. Muddy

    Thanks calli. I think.
    Maybe I’ll remain ignorant.
    Not one for the illustrated edition of the Catictionary I gather.

  39. iamok

    Bring out the fucking water cannons. This is just too much. Let them stew in gaol for a night or two. Having said all that it might be the first wash many of them have had for months bu the looks.

  40. Squirrel

    1. Cut their welfare payments and make them responsible for all identifiable costs (police, emergency services etc.) of dealing with them – if they don’t have the money now, that becomes a debt (like taxpayers have to deal with), with interest.

    2. If they do something stupid (like hanging from a bridge) with no apparent risk or inconvenience to anyone else, leave them there – and only agree to use public resources to retrieve them after receiving up-front payment of the full costs of doing so.

    3. Make participation in unpaid environmental restoration etc. work a mandatory penalty for anyone arrested in one of these events – regardless of any decision by a magistrate.

  41. Old Lefty

    For all their pathological loarhing the of Morrison (which at the ABC has morphed into full-blown derangement syndrome), they are his best friends. A re-run of the May election now would produce a landslide.

  42. Zatara

    Make participation in unpaid environmental restoration etc. work a mandatory penalty

    Forcing them to pick up rubbish from the roadside during rush hour can do wonders for their understanding of what true conservationism is (as compared to enviromentalistism).

    The entertainment that provides for commuters stuck in traffic is bonus.

  43. Eyrie

    “So much of Extinction Rebellion seems to be young women looking for validation through acts of assumed power.”
    Which attracts the odd young blokes looking for a root.

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