Columnists who try men’s souls

I get all the papers now since there is so little to do that the extra crossword puzzles and sudokus help fill in the day. But these are columns that try men’s souls, I can tell you, and from The Oz as well. And once again, Daniel Andrews is the cause. Let me take you first to Angela Shanahan and her pathetic Let’s give these poor pollies a break. There we find:

The Victorian Premier is held up as an incompetent fool, a crazed ideological warrior with no sense of “reality”, careless of the econo­mic devastation cutting a swath through his state, and adopting totalitarian methods of control.

And so he is and all of that. Angela, however, thinks we are being too hard on this poor, misbegotten sod:

These two premiers [Dan and the premier of Queensland] have become symbols of ideological warfare that preceded the pandemic. Many attacks directed at them have nothing to do with how well, or badly, they are managing to control the spread of the virus in their states. It is a type of proxy warfare. The border closures and even the economic versus fatality arguments are an extension of the ideological warfare that apparently cannot be halted even in times of national emergency.

She then added this, gratuitously to my mind, towards the end, so that I will now feel free to never read another word she writes:

Generally our politicians are men and women of quite high calibre and good character. (If you don’t believe me, look at the two contenders for the American presidency.)

Unbelievable. You can tell almost everything about someone’s politics by their attitude to Donald Trump.

Then we come to Katrina Grace Kelly who writes in her column today, We are managing the pandemic quite well, so stop the wild shrieking. Someone I had long ago stopped reading. The heading did get me in today, but the contents will keep me away for even longer after this. She is discussing the poll results that show Daniel Andrews has 61% approval for his handling of the Corona V:

This data rises above the chorus of remarks by federal coalition politicians, and hyperbolic and often inaccurate criticism from the angry tub-thumpers on SAD (Sky after Dark). On SAD, our Premier is called “Chairman Dan” or “Dictator Dan” and Victoria is referred to as a “socialist republic” and a “failed state”. These insults demean every Victorian, regardless of how they vote.

What about the extra 750 deaths in Victoria, you absurdist goose? The Sky After Dark crowd are trying to tell you something, but you are obviously too thick with sentimental eyewash to take in what they are saying. Any thoughts on the Chinese Road and Brick business? These are the first four comments under “Best”, that is, the comments most in keeping with the views of others. There are plenty more just like it if you go to the link.

Fact number one: the Victorian government’s massive incompetence in handling hotel quarantine has led to awful human and economic loss. It’s the biggest failure of public policy and administration in modern Australian history. This, really, is all that needs to be known. Nothing to do with the political opposition or politics more generally. Just sheer, industrial scale incompetence by the Victorian government.

Walking though the Geelong CBD is hard not to notice around 20% of the shop fronts are empty. The economic pain Andrews has caused with the bungled hotel quarantine program is yet to be felt and will linger for years to come. Andrews economic record is headed south at a rapid rate. He wasted $1.3 billion on not building a road and now the road he’s building to replace has a cost overrun of $3 billion and it not even half build. It pretty clear Andrews government is following the trajectory of the Cain Government and like Cain I expect Andrews to jump ship just as the economic pain starts to wash across the deck.

In this country your state of Victoria has failed to control this virus. 700+ deaths , billions lost, thousands of jobs lost, denial of civil liberties resulting in the hardest lock down in the world. People are shrieking because the ALP have lowered the standard of accountability of Government to the point that your Premier sets up an inquiry to investigate a failed hotel quarantine management policy that HE introduced and after months he finally shows up unprepared and doesn’t know who introduced private security guards. And you still “stand with Dan”. And the worst performing state govt in this country probably ever.

Nobody does diversions better than Labor or the sycophantic media cheer squad.

It’s lucky I now subscribe to The Age so I can get some balance in what I read in the press.

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64 Responses to Columnists who try men’s souls

  1. Megan

    The media of today are only capable of seeing what they want to see and simply don’t have the intellectual capacity to question whatever the narrative of the day might happen to be.

    It seems that it is our sad duty to watch what was once the best place in the world to live slide inexorably into the collectivist mediocrity of being ruled by the state. in Victoria’s case, the incompetently run state.

  2. Katrina Kelly used to have some good articles about workplace relations and Unions. However based on more recent columns I am thinking she must be getting more consulting work from Unions and the left side of politics. Her column mentioned above was a shocker.

  3. Howard Hill

    The media of today are only capable of seeing what they want to see and simply don’t have the intellectual capacity to question whatever the narrative of the day might happen to be.

    I think it’s more they’re selfish cowards. They’ve been bought and paid for.

    Selfish because all they care about is getting paid and screw everyone else.
    Coward because they haven’t got the guts to tell their bosses to go screw themselves.

    No moral character at all!

  4. Megan

    Yes, Howard, they are indeed selfish cowards. Intellectually bereft, one-eyed selfish cowards.

  5. Iain Russell

    Snivelling sycophantic media cheer squad, please.

  6. Crossie

    Generally our politicians are men and women of quite high calibre and good character. (If you don’t believe me, look at the two contenders for the American presidency.)

    Unbelievable. You can tell almost everything about someone’s politics by their attitude to Donald Trump.

    It’s a shame Angela has gone down that road. I don’t have much respect for media commentators who are influenced by personalities rather than results.

  7. Crossie

    BrettW
    #3598625, posted on September 27, 2020 at 1:22 am
    Katrina Kelly used to have some good articles about workplace relations and Unions. However based on more recent columns I am thinking she must be getting more consulting work from Unions and the left side of politics. Her column mentioned above was a shocker.

    I think you are confusing her with Grace Collier.

  8. The media of today are only capable of seeing what they want to see…

    I think it’s more a case of what they want things to be. They know the truth, but do their best to obfuscate the truth, when the truth doesn’t conform to their beliefs.

  9. win

    Its a moot point whether they are lazy or just down right stupid with out an analytical brain in their heads. Thick as bricks most of them.

  10. win

    And oh so boring . you read the blurb and know exactly what they will parrot.

  11. Ed Case

    Grace Collier is no more, but the song remains the same: https://morningmail.org/really-grace-collier/

  12. turnip

    There seemed to be a change in her writing about the same time she changed her name.

  13. Shy Ted

    But Steve, by buying the papers you are adding to the problem.

  14. duncanm

    Something odd happened to Katrina when she had her epiphanic name change.

    As per BrettW, she used to have her head screwed on straight and wrote solid insightful articles.

  15. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld

    We seem to always sweep our political dramas and messes under the mat in Australia. No one ever makes a mistake, no one is accountable.
    On the death toll from the virus in Australia; still no truthful figures of how many actually died from the horrible thing really. No figures of those at death’s door who died with it. No one really tells the truth in matters like this.

  16. H B Bear

    Angela Shanahan is Teh Weekend Australian in-house mummy blogger and usually writes on family issues and abortion. Like most j’ismists her views are superficial, ill informed and can safely be ignored once she strays too far off the reservation. Relationship to Dennis Shanahan?

  17. H B Bear

    Chairman Dan still has a way to go to catch KRuddy and his approximately 1,200 boat deaths and whose cave in to the Liar Left re-ignited people smuggling causing a $10bn problem still represents the greatest pure policy failure I have ever seen by any government.

  18. miltonf

    Don’t buy newspapers! BIRM. A big part of the sludge and bilge described above is the political-media class covering for each other.

  19. miltonf

    But Steve, by buying the papers you are adding to the problem.

    Beat me to it!

  20. Mark M

    Watching the muppet Morrison addressing his UN string pullers yesterday,Scomo said the UN/ WhuFlu was the cause of the destruction of our economy.

    It wasn’t the whuflu what destroyed our economy, SloMo, it was you and your UN co-ordinated response.

  21. Fred

    An old uni mate and I have been catching up at the Hawthorn Hotel for a Parma once a month for 8 years.

    Just this month the hotel has shut its doors for good. Handed back the lease to the landlord.

    Thanks Dan.

    How many other businesses will close, never to reopen?

  22. min

    Both locked up too long probably and if they had any understanding of human behaviour now exhibiting zilch . As a vulnerable oldie living in a retirement complex with contact with others limited to phone and zoom , even I can observe from my ‘ prison’ what Chairman Dan has done to Victoria, subsequently Australia, and to her people. Apart from the couple of weeks after first wave , my friends and I have been kept apart, no visitors , carers if needed, and only this week have we been allowed in the courtyard, 8 at a time , socially distanced . But then again my previous profession was all about human behaviour and what we did to our ourselves and to others so my empathy is not with the Crisis Cabinet and their public servants
    but with suffering Victorians many of whom have ended up in dire circumstances not of their making . Some have more resilience, unfortunately majority do not and the financial stresses to those not employed will be devastating .
    I have observed Daniel Andrews for years, long before the pandemic and his answers on Friday only confirmed my opinion and his comments and demeanour about Jenni Mikakos even more so , a dangerous
    man.

  23. H B Bear

    How many other businesses will close, never to reopen?

    Plenty more to come. Jobseeker and Fraudenberg’s small business insolvency changes keeping a lot of zombies alive at the moment. Landlords legally cannot do anything. The banks still running scared after the Heydon Royal Commission propping up the broader property market.

  24. Roger

    Pandemic?

    What pandemic?

    Unless we’re talking about the pandemic of corruption and incompetence the Victorian ALP has inflicted upon that state.

  25. Farmer Gez

    Katrina Grace Kelly, a News Corp columnist formerly known as Grace Collier, had her adoption discharged last year and a new birth certificate issued in her new name.

    “Collier was a fiction, a fraud, an identity created by the Victorian Government in the forced adoption era,” she wrote last year announcing that the person known as Grace Collier no longer existed.

    “I feel like I have been let out of prison,” she told The Sun-Herald. “Being adopted was the worst thing; it ruined my life.”

    Sounds like she had a bad run but it’s certainly not true for the majority of adoptees.

  26. areff

    Re pubs: The Morning Star in Williamstown is no more after 120 years, likewise another venerable watering hole, the Mona Castle, in Foot-a-scray.

    Dan Andrews killed both of them stone dead, plus Fred’s lunching spot in Hawthorn, with an indifference to history, patrons and jobs that would do a temperance preacher proud.

  27. the sting

    Farmer Gez , I know the people who adopted Katrina Grace Kelly . A finer couple ,respected in the community , you would never meet .

  28. mh

    …hyperbolic and often inaccurate criticism from the angry tub-thumpers on SAD (Sky after Dark).

    It was Sky News evenings where she made her media name, on the Paul Murray show.
    Paul Murray also gave a media profile to that other union weirdo Kathy Jackson.
    He sure can pick ‘em.

  29. C.L.

    The border closures and even the economic versus fatality arguments are an extension of the ideological warfare that apparently cannot be halted even in times of national emergency.

    What “national emergency”?

  30. notafan

    Many many empty shops in Willi.

    A trillion dollars worth of new infrastructure will make it all better.

    #thankyoudan

  31. Roger

    Dan Andrews killed both of them stone dead, plus Fred’s lunching spot in Hawthorn, with an indifference to history, patrons and jobs that would do a temperance preacher proud.

    Dan is like a man who finds a wasps’ nest under his eaves and burns down his house to get rid of it.

    (h/t Peter Hitchens)

    It’s not much better up here, despite our avoidance of an extended lockdown. On a visit to Babylon by the Brisbane last week I observed that about one third of the shops in the Myer Centre – the premium retail site in the CBD – had closed.

  32. Perfidious Albino

    Katrina Kelly (another KK!) would prefer we all stopped ‘shrieking’ and just went quietly into the darkness.

  33. Professor Fred Lenin

    He forgot to mention the moves to re name the state and remove the colonial slave name Victoria ,it leaves bad memories of the enslavement of the indigenius on the cotton plantations and genocide of millions of gemtle peace loving indigenius people , I suggest the state of Amnesia ,a non indigenius name that will not offend the 897tribal groups in the state.

  34. Roger

    A trillion dollars worth of new infrastructure will make it all better.

    The inner city of Babylon by the Brisbane is set to receive a new underground railway by 2024 at a cost of $5.4bn.

    Designed to make the commute of the urban bugman more convenient, it may yet turn out to be the biggest white elephant in the state’s history if its designated beneficiaries decide to work from home indefinitely.

  35. mh

    The Age

    POLITICAL SKETCH
    CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
    Could we develop a vaccine for political memory loss, urgently?

  36. Albatross

    Generally our politicians are men and women of quite high calibre and good character

    LOL! What a brainlet.

  37. mem

    I’m starting to consider that the reason the didgeridoo security company was contracted was that somebodies with forgetfulness could make a quick million or two or three or more. Then of course it all went wrong as the security was less than diligent. And from thence forth it has been a case of covering up whilst trying to contain the virus. Jenny Mikakos didn’t sign or authorize the contract of the security company she has been scapegoated. https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/09/who-in-the-andrews-labor-government-had-delegated-authority-to-enter-into-a-30m-non-contested-contra.html

  38. Farmer Gez

    the sting
    #3598756, posted on September 27, 2020 at 8:50 am
    Farmer Gez , I know the people who adopted Katrina Grace Kelly . A finer couple ,respected in the community , you would never meet .

    That’s the other possibility.
    A big fall out with the family. How do you hurt them most.

  39. Rabbi Putin

    Labor: the party of Karens

  40. Rabbi Putin

    Side-note: anyone notice the front-page (online) Vicpol propaganda on the Herald Sun website this morning? Four straight news stories of police “martyrs” who died in action. Is the Police Union paying them off to drum up sympathy stories? When do the victims of lockdown get a front-page spread?

  41. RJH

    Regarding the OZ & the Weekend OZ, in particular, the barbarians are no longer at the gates but have well & truly taken over the establishment. I gave up trying to differentiate whether I was reading the OZ or the SMH/Guardian and dropped my subscription, put the start of the rot down to the time of change of editorship of Chris Mitchell.

  42. areff

    Interesting that Labor gal Jenny Coate — whose claim to fame is having worn bright stockings to court and thereby defied the judicial patriarchy — never bothered to call the principal of Unified security, which might have allowed the inquiry to trace the chain of decisionmakers back to whoever made them.

    Sir Humphrey would be tickled pink at the way the inquiry worked out.

    All that remains is a 400-page, double-spaced ‘finding’ to the effect that it was impossible to find anything. Oh, and a nice cheque for Ms Coate and her services to Danistan.

    By the way, I wonder which of the Putz’s intermediaries are letting Mikakos know she’ll be taken care of if her gob stays clamped shut.

  43. mem

    Rabbi Putin

    #3598831, posted on September 27, 2020 at 10:16 am
    Side-note: anyone notice the front-page (online) Vicpol propaganda on the Herald Sun website this morning? Four straight news stories of police “martyrs” who died in action. Is the Police Union paying them off to drum up sympathy stories? When do the victims of lockdown get a front-page spread?

    The PR people at Vicpol no doubt tasked with refurbishing the rather tarnished reputation gained through heavy handed stasi-like tactics towards the general public. Reap what ye sow, Vicpol. Respect is earned.

  44. Bronson

    Too late for Vicpol. That vicpol the dead police officers represented died with them. This current force is a disgrace to their memory.

  45. mindfree

    Re: those pubs that have closed. It will be interesting to see what the future holds. What those properties/businesses morph into and more importantly who takes the leases or even buys the land and what connections and background they have.

    Come back to this part of history in a couple of years

  46. min

    I thought the legal, Moses, for security company did a great gotcha on Andrews on Friday . On Leigh Sales Andrew blamed those who despite knowing about infection control made some errors and then said shared cigarette lighters. Questioned further he said he got information from multiple sources at Rydges hotel so was blaming security . No problems getting who broke protocols but cannot find who set up security deal.
    Security companies have had legal actions taken out against them or threatened so you bet they will be saving their own backsides.
    The trouble with managing people with fear and bullying that they will turn on you.. I wonder how Coates will write report the lying was obvious with even meagre evidence demonstrating this.

  47. Bright stockings to court…how…Jacobean.

    What is this, Prohibitions del Rey? 😂

  48. Fat Tony

    Roger
    #3598747, posted on September 27, 2020 at 8:37 am
    Pandemic?

    What pandemic?

    I make a point of asking people (often complete strangers) if they know anyone who has died from coronavirus – so far: always NO, then if they know anyone who has had it – always NO.

    Then I make the point of it being a strange “pandemic” when nobody seems to be getting it (outside of the 80+ years old & co-morbidities group).

  49. Kneel

    “The media of today are only capable of seeing what they want to see and simply don’t have the intellectual capacity to question whatever the narrative of the day might happen to be.”

    Yeah, nah.
    1) They don’t want to do investigative journalism and neither do their bosses – a lot of leg work, a lot of research, not many column inches and not often Pulitzer Prize material.
    2) They think twitter and facebook is representative of the majority and don’t want to be deplatformed.
    3) they want to “tell a story”, not give you THE story – that is, they want to spin it and control the narrative, rather than giving you the facts and both sides to the story ,and then let you decide.

    Any one of the three would be OK, if they all picked a different one.
    But all three together, and followed by pretty much entire MSM, is fatal.

    Just check the response to anyone who dares move off the narrative –
    * RT – Larry King (yes, that one!) says “no editorial control, free-est I’ve ever been” vs MSM “Putin propoganda!”
    * Fox – Tucker Carlson says he has never even spoken to Murdoch, let alone been told what to say or how to say it vs. MSM “Mad Trump supporters don’t care about truth”
    * Sky News is full of “right wing extremist views”

    “You’re a conspiracy theorist!”, then “Well, OK, they were right on this one, but they’re still conspiracy theorists, don’t listen to them fruitloops!”.

    They don’t even care that they will completely reverse course, and think that no-one will notice. Don’t believe me? Go back through the NYT – this is still on their website:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/us/california-today-100-million-dead-trees-prompt-fears-of-giant-wildfires.html

    And yet:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/10/us/climate-change-california-wildfires.html

    You can find similar junk about SCOTUS replacements – when this happened to Obama, they wanted the Repubican senate to act before the election, but with Trump they want him to wait until after the election. Both times it was said to be “unprecedented”

    Same with “mostly peaceful (while building burns in background)” “protest” (actually riots) – it’s all Trumps fault this 90+ days of rioting, despite the fact that he’s offered help continuously and where it has been accepted, it was all over in less than a day.

    Or “Social Media” – Twitter “fact checks” Trump, and despite finding what is obviously true if you read the actual fact-check, label if “mostly false” and put a warning on it. Meanwhile, confirmed falsehoods from the Biden camp are not flagged AT ALL. MSM never calls them out on this.

  50. Professor Fred Lenin

    People keep sayin Pandemic , in Victoria that is incorrect , its DANDEMIC , caused by the fifth rate ALPcorrupt comrades of the State Government , it is really hurting the fourth raters in the Victorian Federal Gang of the ALP. DANDEMIC DANS name is mud in ALP Canberra circles ,but to the LIB/NATS he is the gift that keeps on giving

  51. Rob

    It’s the Fourth Estate that has let us all down.
    Over recent decades its the ABC and the MSM, including The Australian, that has failed to focus on Victoria shedding multiple layers of rust – the incremental impacts of rising power prices, the loss of heavy industry, poor infrastructure choices, destruction of the CFA, falling educational standards, failure to secure future water security, and more.
    The Australian may now be aware of the intolerable level of political incompetence that is destroying the once great state of Victoria but it is an awakening that has come too late.
    Victoria needs a Donald Trump to MVGA.

  52. BrettW

    Finally read the comments under Kelly’s Oz article. Did not go down well.

  53. H B Bear

    Rod – it has been there but the Victoriastanis just don’t care. I remember reading how much the $23bn unused desal plant was going to cost every Victoriastani water user. No impact.

    Remember he was elected on a $1bn promise not to build a road. Since replaced with a second best option with massive cost blowouts flowing directly to the CFMMEU.

    Cabinet Members refusing to cooperate with police. Result? Re-elected with an increased majority.

    As I said yesterday, f*ck ‘em. They deserve it.

  54. Rob MW

    The Victorian Premier is held up as an incompetent fool, a crazed ideological warrior with no sense of “reality”, careless of the econo­mic devastation cutting a swath through his state, and adopting totalitarian methods of control.

    Far from being ‘held up as’ it has been proven beyond all reasonable doubt. Instead of commie Dan slowly and surely moving ever leftward, commie Dan is going to get a hard and fast lesson on the ultimate pitfalls of a socialist economy that he must now employ in an attempt to have the government dig Victoria out of the abyss its own incompetency dug.

    Taxes & fees will rise, taxpayers will flee, rent-seeking will massively rise, expropriation of private property including water & mining licenses will have to undertaken, more restrictive regulations will have to be mandated & administered, energy supply shortages will have to be bought, public service wages will have to be cut and social engineering will have to be increased to stave off decent into chaos (sorry too late).

    On the other hand commie Dan could bite the Commonwealth or the CCP for an extra ordinary bail out.

    All of which will culminate in commie Dan resigning and living out the rest of his miserable life in a luxurious nursing home on the Gold Coast paid for by Victorian production royalties.

  55. Pedro the Loafer

    Too late for Vicpol. That vicpol the dead police officers represented died with them. This current force is a disgrace to their memory.

    – From Bronson.

    Respect and community trust for police takes many years to build up and professionalism and restraint on their part to maintain. Historically, a very large percentage of citizens both respect and trust their police officers and admire the work they do on our behalf.

    VicPlod have blown generations of that community respect and trust in just a few months.

    It will never return.

  56. Hay Stockard

    Please explain. Why would anyone get a newspaper other than for the form guide?

  57. John A

    Walking through the Geelong CBD is hard not to notice around 20% of the shop fronts are empty. The economic pain Andrews has caused with the bungled hotel quarantine program is yet to be felt and will linger for years to come. Andrews economic record is headed south at a rapid rate. He wasted $1.3 billion on not building a road and now the road he’s building to replace has a cost overrun of $3 billion and it not even half build. It pretty clear Andrews government is following the trajectory of the Cain Government and like Cain I expect Andrews to jump ship just as the economic pain starts to wash across the deck.

    This commenter has hit the nail on the head. Some of us remember the Guilty Party of the Cain-Kirner government which handled the Tricontinental-State Bank-Pyramid Building Societies fiasco so badly that it damn-near killed Geelong in the 80s.

  58. Rabbi Putin

    And yet Geelong was instrumental in rolling Kenneth in 1999 and remains one of the most blindly ALP-devoted regions of the state. What gives?

  59. Kneel

    “Please explain. Why would anyone get a newspaper other than for the form guide?”

    1) comics
    2) puzzles
    3) fish and chips wrapper
    4) bog-role replacement

    Other than that, I’m stumped.

  60. David Brewer

    Can anyone imagine how the press would have played it if the Libs had been in power in Victoria and done exactly the same thing? I mean, hired a totally unqualified private security firm instead of using freely offered federal resources, then seen hundreds die as a result, while shutting down the state economy for six months, banning free speech, and having grannies and pregnant women in their pyjamas handcuffed and arrested?

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