So everyone in the known universe is criticising the PM for making the Duke of Edinburgh a Knight of the Order of Australia. I might have a go too.
Much has been written about the hideous anachronism of the reintroduction of the awards of knights and dames and rightly so. Long ago, we shrugged off the apron strings of the British empire and became our own entity.
So much of this stuff is Back to the Future comedy. I am paused to wonder whether there is some sick Blackadder type humour in all of this.
I reckon that Angus Houston is indeed a true hero of our beloved country and should be recognised as such. But rather then make a knight of him (and we respect his humility, so obvious in his entire career), we should have given him Sir Peter Cosgrove’s job in the first place.
But what kind of brain snap made the PM give a knighthood to a bloke who has more unearned bling than a marshal of the Russian Air Force or a North Korean general?
What part of the diminution of the Companion of the Order of Australia, carried so proudly by great Australians is a good idea?
What part of licking the boots of the aristocracy of another country, rendering Australia to the status of a colony yet again is a good idea?
What has the Duke ever done to make this country a better place? It is quoted that the Duke of Edinburgh Awards system has given young Australian such a positive opportunity. Yeah, well, the Duke didn’t start it. He just lent his name to it to give it prestige in much the same way as the Churchill Fellowship bears the name of a former British PM.
From where I sit as an Australian by choice, having been born in England, this is an appalling insult to the whole country and everyone in it, and not something done in my name.
It shows an appalling lack of judgment on the PM’s part and a lack of regard for the community at large. It demeans us all and shows the PM’s disregard for the consultative process which should be part of the process of governance. Captain’s pick is garbage.
It also shows the lack of courage from his parliamentary colleagues who don’t have the guts to stand up to him and tell him to pull his head in.
Since he won’t go to an early election, and he has the triggers for a double dissolution, I am happy for him to stay in his job. He made a good leader of the opposition before the election and is making a good leader of the opposition right now. He’s the best thing for the future of the ALP than anything else.
Anyway, my prediction for 2016 is “Arise Sir John (Howard)!”
Why would you want to do this? Like Sir Robert Menzies, he wants to be Sir Anthony Abbott.