Make Antiquity Great Again

The Australian’s subs need a crash course in basic Latin: ‘Mistakes unacceptable’: Andrews’ mea culpa.

Mea culpa means through my fault. It does not mean kinda-sorta officially ‘sorry’ for something or other.

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30 Responses to Make Antiquity Great Again

  1. Steve of kenmore

    Never admit responsibilty, the socialism way

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    He means Dan’s brain is at fault. Stress of the job and all that. Causes amazingly selective amnesia.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Actually I’m thinking amnesia is even more contagious that Covid-19.
    Only affects politicians and bureaucrats though.
    Must be genetic or something.

  4. I guess one thread on Andrews is just not enough when you can have three.

  5. Roger

    Mea culpa means through my fault. It does not mean kinda-sorta officially ‘sorry’ for something or other.

    It does in Journalese, I’m afraid.

  6. Don’t know, can’t remember, what was the question?

  7. bollux

    He will take full responsibility now and resign won’t he? Nah, he’s a left wing pollie. Same as Beattie in Qld. Taking full responsibility in their world means just talking about it on their ABC.

  8. H B Bear

    I accept full responsibility (and will carry on as if nothing has happened, despite hundreds of people dying).

  9. Kneel

    It wasn’t me – I gave that responsibility to the health minister.

    It wasn’t me – I gave that responsibility to the CMO.

    I thought he was doing it.

    I thought she was.

    Look, it’s just a mix-up, OK? You can’t expect me to take responsibility for everything.

    Can I have a pay rise now – yeah, 10% sounds OK, as long as there’s another 10% in 6 months. This is a high-stress job you know – all that responsibility!

  10. Aynsley Kellow

    Cue the Howard Jones song: ‘No-one ever is to blame.’

  11. Bruce in WA

    Have to repost this; don’t know what happened to the first attempt — it was disappeared.

    I think the West Australian has fired all its subbies. Today they printed a letter to the editor which discussed awarding President Trump the Noble Prize.

  12. Professor Fred Lenin

    The bus drivers unionhas complained of the number of labor politicians and public servants being thrown under buses driven by their members, a spokesperson said , “this is causing great stress and trauma to my members , and something needs to be done about it ,we suggest y]throwing them off the West gate Bridge as an alternstive “.

  13. Professor Fred Lenin

    The bus drivers union has complained of the number of labor politicians and public servants being thrown under buses driven by their members, a spokesperson said , “this is causing great stress and trauma to my members , and something needs to be done about it ,we suggest y]throwing them off the West gate Bridge as an alternstive “.

  14. Stanley

    I think it does…..”Mea culpa, which means “through my fault” in Latin, comes from a prayer of confession in the Catholic Church. Said by itself, it’s an exclamation of apology or remorse that is used to mean “It was my fault” or “I apologize.”. Mea culpa is also a noun, however. A newspaper might issue a mea culpa for printing inaccurate information.” Merriam Webster definition.

    Ergo. “Andrews’ mea culpa” can mean “Andrew’s apology”

  15. Bronson

    It’s the Bart Simpson defence it wasn’t me, I wasn’t there, I didn’t do it. Fun when it’s a cartoon but pathetic when it’s supposedly adults leading a state.

  16. mem

    It is amazing how the Premier of a state is seemingly not responsible for anything other than requesting an inquiry into who was responsible.

  17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It is amazing how the Premier of a state is seemingly not responsible for anything other than requesting an inquiry into who was responsible.

    Who was it who said “Never hold an inquiry into anything unless you know the result?”

  18. Lew

    Andrews should be stating “mea culpa mea culpa mea maxima culpa
    But no chance of that

  19. Bruce in WA

    Who was it who said “Never hold an inquiry into anything unless you know the result?”

    Sir Humphrey Appleby, “Yes Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister”.

  20. John A

    Bruce of Newcastle #3597281, posted on September 25, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Actually I’m thinking amnesia is even more contagious that Covid-19.
    Only affects politicians and bureaucrats though.
    Must be genetic or something.

    No, our system is not predominantly hereditary (yet). I rather think it has to be in the stifling atmosphere of the Parliamentary Chambers around the nation.

  21. John A

    Bronson #3597357, posted on September 25, 2020, at 7:17 pm

    It’s the Bart Simpson defence it wasn’t me, I wasn’t there, I didn’t do it. Fun when it’s a cartoon but pathetic when it’s supposedly adults leading a state.

    And the writers of the Simpsons must have found it in The Mikado as uttered by Ko-ko, Poo-bah and Pitti-Sing.

    Ko. (in abject terror). If your Majesty will accept our assurance, we had no idea –
    Mik. Of course –
    Pitti. I knew nothing about it.
    Pooh. I wasn’t there.

  22. Nighthawk the Elder

    Dodgy Dan’s apology has all the sincerity of being work-shopped by at least half a dozen communications consultants and then, reviewed and reworded more than a dozen times by two barristers and a QC. All payed for by taxes.

  23. notafan

    Every thing Andrews does is about the politics.

    No exceptions.

  24. Hay Stockard

    Esse quam videri, if memory serves. To be rather than to seem. Andrews is a stooge for the Red Chinese. Them there Victorian voters love him. They can have him. Close,the borders, cut that failed state from the Commonwealth.

  25. Iain Russell

    Should have been ‘peccavi’, I have Sindh.

  26. Bruce

    @ Roger:

    “It does in Journalese, I’m afraid.”

    First, they steal your language, then your liberty, property and life.

  27. cuckoo

    I saw two different reports about the ‘hate graffiti’ sprayed on the front of Andrews’ electoral office. Oddly enough, both reports quoted all the terms used (which were clearly visible in the image) except one: CCP LACKEY.

    I’m thinking of putting up a statue of Andrews just so I can then pull it down.

  28. Kneel

    “Sir Humphrey Appleby, “Yes Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister”.”

    To paraphrase “Humpy”:
    I’m sure all of Victoria is behind Dan Andrews – after all, it’s necessary to be behind someone before you can stab them in the back.

  29. Kneel

    “To paraphrase “Humpy””

    Or perhaps:
    I am afraid, dear people, that the identity of the individual responsible for this debacle is, perhaps, not as shrouded in mystery as the previously available information may have led you to believe – not to put too fine a point on it, but responsible indiviual is, regrettably, one whom your present interlocutor is in the habit of referring to by use of the perpendicular pronoun.

  30. Makka

    Andrews left out the quivering lip bit. So my take is it’s an acting fail.

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