The Days of Our Laura

EVERY Saturday Laura Tingle writes a boilerplate culture wars column for the ABC slamming Scott Morrison, the LNP, the “Canberra bubble” (the one she has personally inhabited for decades) and pondering why – why? – Australia can’t be more like some other political idyll elsewhere in the world where reason, virtue and civility reign. By reason, virtue and civility, of course, she means a doctrinaire, revenge-driven left-wing government. Now that you’re up to speed, you can easily pick up Tingle’s story-line any Saturday – even if you haven’t been following the series. Today she more or less hails Jacinda Ardern as the greatest leader in the world – if not, the greatest since Queen Boudica – because she ruthlessly shut down New Zealand’s ‘border’ (its tiny coastline) and its entire economy while other world leaders (like Australia’s) made more necessarily measured or diversified policy choices. She doesn’t mention that New Zealand’s economy is about the same size as Kentucky’s or that being so small, geographically isolated and administratively unitary, New Zealand’s coronavirus battle was the breeziest no brainer on earth. Comparing Ardern’s alleged role in containing the virus with more sadly mixed results in bigger, more porous and federated polities like Australia or the United States is utterly fatuous. As for Ardern, she is adept at unctuously seizing teary moments for the cameras but beneath the ham acting, she is a philosophical blank and a dogmatically cruel extremist.

Tingle may be the first person in history to praise how New Zealanders talk:

And politicians talk differently, and the political debates are conducted differently: by today’s Australian standards with much more civility, for a start, and without the backdrop of the culture wars that are the stock-in-trade of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

 
Ah, there he is. Rupert Murdoch. Obviously getting the memos from Anthony Albanese and Kevin Rudd, Tingle means that in New Zealand the media universally genuflects before and lionises the Dear Leader. That’s how it was supposed to be for Julia and Malcolm. For the left, the surest route to ‘civility’ is compliance and devotion. If you’ve ever seen Tingle adoringly ‘interview’ Beijing-backed forelock tugger Paul Keating – the most viciously uncivilised thug to stink up a parliament since 1901 – you’ll take this entreaty for manners with a punch of salt. There are few, if any, public media conglomerates in the Western world that so unceasingly and maliciously sow cultural division as the ABC. Hatemongering is the national broadcaster’s only real specialty.

Finally, I give credit to Tingle for a solid comparison of New Zealand’s relationship to the Maori and Australia’s with Aborigines. But these two peoples are not conceptually interchangeable natives in dialogue with markedly different suzerains – Australia being inept and the Kiwis adept. It would be more true – though less politic – to say that the same Britishers encountered two very different indigenous cultures down under and found more in the Polynesian to admire and relate to than they did in the Aboriginal. Perhaps this is the foundational hurt that continues to undermine a rapprochement. Aborigines see themselves as outsiders and are encouraged to think in separatist terms by white leftists. The same might have been true in New Zealand over the years but Maori and non-Maori have been able to discern in one another strengths worth assimilating.

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42 Responses to The Days of Our Laura

  1. Anonandon

    That comment about the difference between the two indigenous cultures was (ahem) insightful. But I would never say it in polite company.

  2. Roger

    I wonder if Sam Neill is having second thoughts yet?

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    We desperately need an automatic Laura Tingle Column Generator.

    Sadly the legendary TFCG is no longer with us, but I can see a market for versions doing Tingle, Savva, Cameron Stewart and Mark Riley. Would save some people a lot of money.

  4. Texas Jack

    Can’t be worse than Savva. FFS, she devoted whole slabs of her most recent nonsense to slipping the boot into Rudi Giuliani for dying his hair in an article about the Brereton report. How they’re linked defies all explanation.

  5. Ubique

    Let’s recall that Tingle, in her former role as political commissar at the AFR, made it the most anti-business financial newspaper on the planet.

  6. Tony Taylor

    Ardern’s advice to Biden on how best to combat Corona was to shrink the country, remove all land borders, and move the US into the middle of the Pacific. Sorted.

  7. Daily llama

    Great article. I’ll forever treasure the look on her face as election night ‘19 rolled on. As the night wore on she reminded me of a chastised boxer dog slinking to its kennel.

  8. Daily llama

    As for Jacinda- she who could ear a steak through a picket fence- she did what Gunner and Payszzchvzchzzcxx or whatever that Qld Premier is called- knew she had nothing to campaign on so just crowed covid covid covid. Of course it worked. NZ, like the NT, is heading for failed state status…except for the pinkos, of course.

  9. Old Lefty

    I read the other day an obituary for Alan Ramsey. Never had much time for him: the epitome of a rancid, bigoted left ideologue posing as a journalist. But I was saddened to learn that he spent his final years suffering from dementia, a date I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

    I noticed also that he was married to Laura Tingle until they divorced in 2017. Reactionary, repressive Christian notions such as ‘for better for worse … in sickness and in health’ are obviously old hat for our leftist self-styled betters from the ABC.

  10. Daily llama

    TJ, out of curiosity I just looked at pics of Savva and Rudy G, and I reckon they’re twins!

  11. Tom

    Reactionary, repressive Christian notions such as ‘for better for worse … in sickness and in health’ are obviously old hat for our leftist self-styled betters from the ABC.

    For leftards like Tingle, marriages like hers to Alan Ramsay are as disposable as the millions of babies they have aborted every year. She threw him out with the trash without a second thought as she was still fuckable for a conga line of leftard shemales lining up to sniff her bloomers.

  12. Tezza

    Tingo’s glorification of all things NZ is beyond satire. As an antidote, read Oliver Hartwich in the NZ Initiative on the state of the NZ economy, or Amy Brooke in the Spectator’s Flat White on the rancid state of race relations in NZ as soi-disant Maoris exploit their privileged role. (https://spectator.com.au/2020/11/kiwi-life-language/)

    Perhaps Tingo can treat us to an article on how race-based entitlements are working out for NZ.

  13. miltonf

    She is the daughter of John Tingle right? More media dynasties. I decided he was an idiot when he gave away that he thought power lines where telephone wires. Says it all about the meja really.

  14. miltonf

    She seems to be a poisonous, spiteful individual.

  15. miltonf

    We desperately need an automatic Laura Tingle Column Generator.

    I like that- it isn’t hard to mimic their style and vomit up the appropriate pc-marxist talking points.

  16. miltonf

    with a good helping and spite, abuse and malice.

  17. Fair Shake

    We desperately need an automatic Laura Tingle Column Generator.

    I like that- it isn’t hard to mimic their style and vomit up the appropriate pc-marxist talking points.

    I can build one for you. I just need $1.1billion per annum of taxpayer funds and a couple of ABC soothsayers.

  18. Pyrmonter

    @ Lad

    You exaggerate Keating’s position in the league of brutal crooks in Parliament. He may be Beijing-backed, but then, so is former Senator Carr, a yet more craven apologist. There is the coterie of the NSW Right, those who backed the thugs who bet Peter Baldwin to within an inch of his life – people who still play a prominent part in NSW Labor. Then there are those who tacitly or expressly took the Red’s money in the 40s and 50s (and perhaps later, if Tom Uren’s antecedents could be clarified). And then there was Ted Theodore – a thug even by the rotten standards of Queensland politics; and of course, Thomas Ley.

  19. Lee

    Comparing Ardern’s alleged role in containing the virus with more sadly mixed results in bigger, more porous and federated polities like Australia or the United States is utterly fatuous.

    Ardern has powers and legal authority that Morrison and PDT can only dream of.
    The latter two have been overridden by states on Covid, where each state can (and does) go its own way.
    Of course, that hasn’t stopped the blame game being used against Morrison and especially PDT, even when decisions are being made by others, over which they have no control.
    Tingle is an intellectual pigmy.

  20. pbw

    From last night’s UK speccie Covid-19 update.

    Samoa has recorded its first case of coronavirus. The country had escaped infection for 11 months. The case was imported by a Samoan citizen travelling from Melbourne, Australia.

    So I think people just have to have sense. The fact that you can do something – this is true across so many other areas of life – doesn’t mean you should.

    – Chris Whitty [England’s CMO] on whether people should hug or kiss their elderly relatives this Christmas.

    The case against the Christmas amnesty
    by Dr Chris Papadopoulos
    …Is the Christmas gamble worth it? The answer is clearly no.

  21. Neil

    so is former Senator Carr, a yet more craven apologist.

    What gets me when Carr was Premier of NSW he led a corrupt govt. I have heard many Labor voters say the same thing. Ministers were imprisoned eg Milton Orkopolous. But for some reason the mud never seems to stick to former ALP politicians. Bjelke Peterson in Qld also appears to have had a corrupt govt but he is hounded to this day.

  22. Lee

    By the way, Ardern is doing a great job of destroying the NZ economy and industry (what there is of the latter).

  23. miltonf

    Thomas Ley- wow what a horror.

  24. David

    I refused to read the ABC website years ago when they removed the opportunity for us plebs to comment on articles like this one quoted here.

  25. cuckoo

    Britishers encountered two very different indigenous cultures down under

    Yes, one of these cultures could build forts and field something like an army. The other couldn’t. Though it won’t be long before Professor Uncle Bruce Pascoe finds that aborigines built forts too.

  26. Ƶĩppʯ (President Elect)

    And politicians talk differently, and the political debates are conducted differently: by today’s Australian standards with much more civility, for a start, and without the backdrop of the culture wars that are the stock-in-trade of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

    who knew Rupert was a cultural marxist ….what the hell is she talking about!!!

  27. yarpos

    NZ has quite a large coastline actually

  28. miltonf

    Actually now I remember my Dad talking about TJ Ley.

  29. H B Bear

    Shouldn’t Australia’s most politically astute pumpkin masher be in mourning before being thrown onto a funeral pyre?

  30. C.L.

    NZ has quite a large coastline actually

    No it doesn’t.

  31. Bron

    New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres (9,300 mi) of coastline making it the 9th longest in the world.

  32. C.L.

    The point, dear autists, is that amongst the world’s administratively unitary polities, NZ has a small and totally un-besieged coastline that is easily controllable by a central government. Closing off the country from the world was easy. This cannot be said for other countries whose pandemic responses were complicated by larger, conjointly governed coastlines, borders and ongoing influxes of human beings.

  33. Ed Case

    Lemonade Ley was a Liberal as well as being a wowser and lady killer who died in an asylum.
    You can’t blame Labor for him, though you can blame it for everything else that bests Australia.
    I think there’s a Cabinet Minster somewhere with the same surname.
    No relation of course.

  34. Bronson

    Tingle as usual has no idea what she is talking about. She completely ignores the impact and dominance of Maori politics on the NZ landscape. It distorts the body politic by favouring one group in society over all others and to the detriment of all others. The country is barely holding together being rent by this racial favouritism and fical mismanagement. It’s only saviour is the fact that it’s citizens can seek relief from their hopeless situation at home by emigration to it neighbor to the west.

  35. C.L.

    Exactly. Bronson.
    New Zealand is a very large Potemkin village.

  36. Squirrel

    Last Thursday, a discussion paper on Modernising Television Regulation in Australia was released –

    https://www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/new-rules-new-media-landscape-modernising-television-regulation-australia

    It looks like an exercise in managing the decline of free to air television and re-allocating spectrum for sexier and more lucrative purposes – fine, so far as it goes, but tucked away in the 40 pages of bureaucratese is this absolute shocker of an idea –

    “legislate to codify the role of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in commissioning and providing new Australian programming”

    Someone may think that is a wonderfully cunning plan, which will some how force the public broadcasters to go back to the halcyon, (relatively) apolitical days of Weekend Magazine and Certain Women, but in reality, it will doubtless be about as cunning as most of the plans that Wile E. Coyote has for the Road Runner – it would be an obvious grounds for demanding increased funding, year after year (“rising program-making costs” etc. etc.)

    Rather than legislating to further entrench the role of the government’s unashamed enemies in the ABC and the SBS, this exercise should, at the very least be about putting a substantial chunk of their program funding up for grabs by program makers and broadcasters who aren’t obsessed with Labor/Green ideology.

    I truly despair at the cluelessness and the gutlessness of this government on this crucial issue.

  37. John

    So Tingle divourced Ramsay in 2017 after he got dementia. What a piece of work!

  38. Civility?

    I saw the worst interview ever where the crazed lefty shiela acted like a total pork chop in the worst display of incivility by an interviewer in my life.

    These people talk shit like it’s a fact.

  39. Nob

    Maori was a settler culture, closer in nature to the arriving Europeans than Australian aborigines.

  40. Nob

    Bron
    #3674150, posted on November 28, 2020 at 7:13 pm
    New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres (9,300 mi) of coastline making it the 9th longest in the world.

    Reached by how many boats of asylum seekers?

  41. Adelagado

    ” Britishers encountered two very different indigenous cultures down under and found more in the Polynesian to admire and relate to than they did in the Aboriginal. “

    That’s putting it very generously CL. The English were astonished how primitive our ‘first peoples’ were, not just compared to Maoris and other Pacific islanders, but to tribes in Africa. William Dampier described aborigines as “the miserabilist people in the world”. This is probably not mentioned much in schools these days.

  42. Laura the classic bulging eyed leftard who obviously sucks a lot of lemons isn’t happy …… give us a break …… looking at her everyday would definitely bring on dementia …. Poor bastard !

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