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Things to do to Canberra? Bring on the Bolt reforms!

By johnboy - 23 May 2012 67

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Andrew Bolt is running a particularly mean spirited post on things he would like to do to Canberra.

Some tests that this haven of Leftism could be required to undergo:
– convert to 100 per cent renewable energy, with all the costs to be born by the locals.

– impose the carbon tax ahead of the rest of the country.

– make do without its share of coal-derived income.

– legalisation of all recreation drugs, with all addicts and traffickers involved to be dealt with at Canberra’s cost..

– a double of the immigration and refugee intake, with all arrivals to be required to live in Canberra. All boat people to be transferred to Canberra for home-stay accommodation.

The idea that people who hold a differing ideological view to Bolt should in some way be punished is quite vile. Especially when placing collective responsibility on an entire community simply for harbouring those guilty of thought crimes.

Having said that. How awesome would Canberra be if this was implemented?

The drug law reform could conceivably pay for the renewables cost and foregone coal revenue.

And the influx of enterprising boat people would do wonders for the town. Half of Sydney would be coming down here for the weekend every weekend!

(Thanks to Thumper for the tip!)

[Photo by Martyo of Foreshore with no specific reference to drugs at that event]

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Postalgeek 10:22 am 24 May 12

shauno said :

The typical righteous superiority of the socialist left. blahblahblah.

So the sh*t can only be flung one way? Typical oppressive superiority of the fascist right.

Maybe time to explore beyond the tired, one-dimensional, first-year political models, Shauno?

devils_advocate 10:12 am 24 May 12

shauno said :

The typical righteous superiority of the socialist left.

The man has been proven in court to be a racist. I freely admit to having righteous superiority over racists.

He doesn’t deserve any oxygen (neither in the sense of his views being given public airing, nor in the more conventional sense).

schmeah 9:31 am 24 May 12

EvanJames said :

Erg0 said :

Quite the echo chamber he’s set up in his comments section there.

They probably delete any that don’t agree with him (or feature correct grammar and spelling).

Anrew Bolt’s wife is the moderater for his blog. The Monthly reported on it a while ago, which had Bolt nearly soiling himself. I think Media Watch also covered it ..

apparently Fairfax grew a pair and as of late last year subjected his comments to official moderation; maybe they were afraid of being sued …

http://www.thepowerindex.com.au/power-move/andrew-bolt-rails-against-blog-moderation/20111107676

Onceler 8:55 am 24 May 12

shauno said :

The typical righteous superiority of the socialist left.

From comments above.

“The brain-dead have outsourced their opinion-forming to Bolt and his ilk”

“Another misinformed and lazy attack on canberra pandering the vast uneducated d*ckheads out there in Alan Jonesland.”

“No more or less than you’d expect from a moron like Bolt.”

“or feature correct grammar and spelling” Insinuating only the left have the brains to be able to do that.

” The problem is that stupid people tend to agree with Mr Bolt.”

I could go on but the responses are very typical and you all sound so very much superior. Its a pity the failed socialist experiment over the last 4 or so years has caused so much damage to Australia. Its going to take many years to fix the mess after the union hacks of left office.

But what is missing here is that the idea didnt come from Bolt. “Canberra’s status as a rich, smart and intellectually vibrant city state makes it an ideal social laboratory for the rest of Australia and the world, an ANU academic believes”.

I won’t take issue with the lack of apostrophes (preferable to superfluous apostrophes, I suppose), but “after the union hacks OF left office”?

And putting aside the issue of whether or not Labor is ‘socialist’, using the phrase “the socialist left” – seems a bit tautological. What other kind of left would there be?

Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not calling anyone stupid! Being quick to call others stupid does tend to make oneself appear quite stupid.

Deref 7:25 am 24 May 12

Reprobate said :

And did anyone get a creepy chill down their spine by seeing the words “the Abbott Government”?

I had to change my underwear.

dpm 7:17 am 24 May 12

shauno said :

The typical righteous superiority of the socialist left.
…blab blah…
I could go on but the responses are very typical and you all sound so very much superior. ….

But what is missing here is that the idea didnt come from Bolt. “Canberra’s status as a rich, smart and intellectually vibrant city state makes it an ideal social laboratory for the rest of Australia and the world, an ANU academic believes”.

I don’t get it…. So, are you saying *you’re* statements that the RA posters are ‘superior’ actually came originally from an ANU academic??

Tetranitrate 12:29 am 24 May 12

shauno said :

I could go on but the responses are very typical and you all sound so very much superior. Its a pity the failed socialist experiment over the last 4 or so years has caused so much damage to Australia. Its going to take many years to fix the mess after the union hacks of left office.

Is this real or well constructed satire?

shauno 12:16 am 24 May 12

The typical righteous superiority of the socialist left.

From comments above. “The brain-dead have outsourced their opinion-forming to Bolt and his ilk”

“Another misinformed and lazy attack on canberra pandering the vast uneducated d*ckheads out there in Alan Jonesland.”

“No more or less than you’d expect from a moron like Bolt.”

“or feature correct grammar and spelling” Insinuating only the left have the brains to be able to do that.

” The problem is that stupid people tend to agree with Mr Bolt.”

I could go on but the responses are very typical and you all sound so very much superior. Its a pity the failed socialist experiment over the last 4 or so years has caused so much damage to Australia. Its going to take many years to fix the mess after the union hacks of left office.

But what is missing here is that the idea didnt come from Bolt. “Canberra’s status as a rich, smart and intellectually vibrant city state makes it an ideal social laboratory for the rest of Australia and the world, an ANU academic believes”.

Diggety 11:41 pm 23 May 12

LSWCHP said :

dungfungus said :

The Glassworks is our only manufacturing industry –

Dunno about that. Australian Scientific Instruments. Electro Optic Systems (based in Quangers, admittedly). CEA Technologies. Locata. And that’s just off the top of my head in the high tech world.

The tip(s)

LSWCHP 11:13 pm 23 May 12

Anyway, I’m on the bandwagon with Johnboy. I reckon all of this would be great, so lets bring it on.

The ironic stupidity of this Bold person/creature/unit not realising how cool his supposed punishments are is colossal beyond belief.

LSWCHP 11:08 pm 23 May 12

dungfungus said :

The Glassworks is our only manufacturing industry –

Dunno about that. Australian Scientific Instruments. Electro Optic Systems (based in Quangers, admittedly). CEA Technologies. Locata. And that’s just off the top of my head in the high tech world.

johnboy 10:51 pm 23 May 12

whitelaughter said :

how is it “mean spirited” to suggest that policies that you consider “awesome” get implemented in Canberra?

Implementing untried policies OZ wide is a dumb idea; pilot programs in locations that support them would be far more rational. Further, the policies are more likely to succeed in regions where they have popular support, so we get a fairer idea of the value of the policies.

So, point to Bolt.

From his tone it’s obvious he wishes to afflict all the people of canberra for the crime of not sharing his ideology.

That is mean spirited.

The hilarity of his punishment being things that would actually be great is incidental.

Jethro 10:46 pm 23 May 12

whitelaughter said :

how is it “mean spirited” to suggest that policies that you consider “awesome” get implemented in Canberra?

Implementing untried policies OZ wide is a dumb idea; pilot programs in locations that support them would be far more rational. Further, the policies are more likely to succeed in regions where they have popular support, so we get a fairer idea of the value of the policies.

So, point to Bolt.

I actually think a legal cannabis trial would suit the ACT.

chilli 10:32 pm 23 May 12

Thank you johnboy. You’ve given me a fresh perspective on Andrew Bolt. I had always thought he was a wanker, but now realise that he is in fact a policy genius! Even if only by accident.

Andrew Bolt for Chief Minister!

(Can you send him an invite?)

whitelaughter 10:08 pm 23 May 12

how is it “mean spirited” to suggest that policies that you consider “awesome” get implemented in Canberra?

Implementing untried policies OZ wide is a dumb idea; pilot programs in locations that support them would be far more rational. Further, the policies are more likely to succeed in regions where they have popular support, so we get a fairer idea of the value of the policies.

So, point to Bolt.

Holditz 10:07 pm 23 May 12

pink little birdie said :

Who is Andrew Bolt?

Craig Ferguson without humour.

pink little birdie 9:34 pm 23 May 12

housebound said :

I think it was Thumper who said the ALP could preselect a dead slug and people would vote it in.

Somehow I think ideology rather than well thought through choice has anything to do with it, as is the case for all safe seats of any flavour.

The best favour we could do for ourselves is to become a marginal seat. Replacing Humphries with a Green wouldn’t count, by the way. that would give the two majors nothing to fight over.

Or maybe they are voting to lose the least amount of jobs in Canberra… Even when they are Nation wide PS cuts Canberra bears the brunt of the cuts both those in the Public Service and the follow on jobs…

housebound 7:09 pm 23 May 12

SnapperJack said :

Actually I like where Bolt is coming from. For many years some of us have been trying to cleanse this place of its robotic Labor/Greens true believers status and make the ACT federal electorates marginal like Eden-Monaro in order to get a better deal and not be taken for granted. All those efforts have been in vain, in fact there is a high danger that when the election is held Gary Humphries might lose his seat and we will have no representation whatsoever in the Abbott Government.

Can you really blame people like Bolt ridiculing us? Jack Waterford in the Crimes wrote a comment piece a few days ago about how Larry Pickering stood as a Liberal candidate, was slaughtered in the 1974 election then commented that if a chimpanzee stood for election in the ACT wearing an ALP badge, people here would still vote for it.

LadyxBec said :

If the Liberals want more people in Canberra to vote for them, they should put up policies that are more attractive to more people than Labors/The Greens. That’s kind of how democracy works. Maybe in 1974, Larry Pickering and his fellow Liberals should have been more appealing if they wanted to win.
TBH I’m a bit sick of people like you winging about lefties in Canberra – people vote the way they do for a reason, if you’re on the losing team you would do well to think about how your actions contributed, instead of blaming everyone else.

I think it was Thumper who said the ALP could preselect a dead slug and people would vote it in.

Somehow I think ideology rather than well thought through choice has anything to do with it, as is the case for all safe seats of any flavour.

The best favour we could do for ourselves is to become a marginal seat. Replacing Humphries with a Green wouldn’t count, by the way. that would give the two majors nothing to fight over.

dungfungus 5:59 pm 23 May 12

greyswandir said :

dungfungus said :

greyswandir said :

Also i kind of love the carbon-tax suggestion… correct me if I’m wrong Rioters, but unless Canberra plays host to at least one of the top polluters surely there’s no-one here to carbon-tax?

The biggest carbon polluter in the ACT would be the Glassworks at Kingston. Those electric kilns chew a shitload of KW. I wonder what their monthly electricity bill is?

it would be pretty lulzworthy if the carbon-tax was imposed on Canberra early and the only thing that happened was the price of vases increasing.

Though it might have a roll-on effect to Brodburger’s overheads… perhaps that’s the impending tax-precipitated doom which has its opponents clutching their pearls and wailing?

…not going to lie, that would be pretty horrible

The Glassworks is our only manufacturing industry – probably they will claim carbon pricing concessions for their status as an exporter – they cannot use “gruntless” green electricty to power those kilns.

I-filed 5:51 pm 23 May 12

greyswandir said :

Also i kind of love the carbon-tax suggestion… correct me if I’m wrong Rioters, but unless Canberra plays host to at least one of the top polluters surely there’s no-one here to carbon-tax?

There is indeed an ACT company on the big polluters list.

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