London riots: British rioters the spawn of a bankrupt ruling elite

Theodore Dalrymple in The Australian writes:

The riots in London and elsewhere in Britain are a backhanded tribute to the long-term intellectual torpor, moral cowardice, incompetence and careerist opportunism of the British political and intellectual class.

They have somehow managed not to notice what has long been apparent to anyone who has taken a short walk with his eyes open down any frequented British street: that a considerable proportion of the country's young population (a proportion that is declining) is ugly, aggressive, vicious, badly educated, uncouth and criminally inclined.


London Riots: No wonder these kids think stealing trainers is OK. Everyone makes excuses for them.

Teacher and UK blogger, Katherine Birbalsingh writes at the London Daily Telegraph:

The reason your house is not regularly robbed is not because you lock your doors. It is because most people don’t steal. Sure, locking is a deterrent used to deter those on the fringes of society, but the main reason you are not attacked on the street, shops are not constantly looted and burnt down, and we all don’t take things that don’t belong to us is because someone, when we were little, taught us the difference between right and wrong.

Put a child in front of an insect and he will take great delight in making it suffer until his mother or father tells him that causing pain is wrong. Children need to be brought up properly with parents who care enough about them to say no, with a school system that cares enough to admit when behaviour is out of control, with a community that recognises that we are ALL responsible for our children.

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NSW Election Day

Above: NSW Liberals share their election day message: Labor doesn't deserve your vote.

Newspoll says NSW voters set to punish Labor (The Australian).  The Sydney Morning Herald says Labor will be reduced to 16 seats. London newspaper asks if the NSW Labor government is the most scandal-ridden government ever known? (The Independent

Labor smears Dai Le, Liberal for Cabramatta, calling her a One Nation supporter.   Meet Ms Le and make sure she gets your support if you are a Cabramatta voter:


Meanwhile, Federal NSW Labor MP, Darren Cheeseman denies inappropriate behaviour in Canberra bar (The Australian). 

And finally, how a 1993 meeting at the Mekong Club led to NSW Labor's current predicament, "When people vote Green, they essentially know they are voting for green things, like leaves and grass. When they vote Liberal, they know they are voting to keep more of their own money in their own control. Modern Labor, though, seems only to stand for winning – or, in its most dignified version, something like professionalism in politics. Unless the Liberal party conspires to make an election about workplace relations, there is no core value that connects with any certainty to what ordinary people might care for, or even fear" (Online Opinion).

Rest of Australia

Steve Kates makes a good point, asking why do we let them change the subject? "The “protests” were about the introduction of carbon taxes. The news reports were about a handful of signs that were apparently impolite in their references to the Prime Minister. And that is where the debate has gone and more or less where it has stopped…. This is not hypocrisy. It is changing the subject" (Catallaxy Files).

Paul Kelly surveys the current state of the carbon tax debate, "Beneath the hysteria and hypocrisy of this week, Abbott's essential accusation remains: that Gillard's carbon policy is illegitimate because it was based on an election deception. His pitch is powerful and easily grasped: that if Gillard had announced a carbon tax before the election she would not be Prime Minister today" (The Australian).

The inaccessability of justice in Australia (WA Today). 

Senate slams government report which excused Gillard incompetence on the Building Education Revolution (The Australian).  The BER scandal is an echo of Whitlam's wasteful regional development grants. 

Kim at Lavartus Prodeo raises concerns regarding Campbell Newman's "appointment" as LNP leader, "Over and above these factors, Lawrence Springborg is right to raise serious concerns about the whole thing. If this story is accurate, the reason why he’s offside with LNP President and fellow former Nat Bruce McIver is the party machine’s insistence last year on having an effective veto (along with business backers) over policy, and wanting to meddle in public service appointments. Springborg, correctly, raised the spectre of the Joh years".

The Best Premier in Australia, Colin Barnett tells Wayne Swan to 'Bring It On', saying, 'Western Australia won't be intimidated by the likes of Wayne Swan' (The Australian). 

Abbott calls for a "new intervention", focussing on indigenous communities in urban Australia (ABC Online)

Australian people don't get a mining tax, which went to the people at the last election but do get an unexpected carbon tax. (The Australian)

Conservative education writer, Kevin Donnelly on Gillard's policies for Australia's independent schools, "Make no mistake, Australia's cultural-left education establishment, including the Australian Education Union, the Australian Council for Educational Research, various activists and influential figures like Barry McGaw, chosen by Julia Gillard to head the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), has embarked on a well-orchestrated and concerted campaign against Catholic and independent schools (ABC Online).


Portugal imploding.  Is the Eurozone over? (The Telegraph, UK).

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via ConservativeHome UK's ToryDiary, which writes, as new Euro crisis breaks, it's becoming harder for Cameron to claim business as usual.

The disorganised international mission in Libya: no plan, no objectives (The Spectator UK). What President Obama should tell Congress about Libya (Washington Post).

Speculation that Michelle Bachmann, Chairman of US Congress Tea Party Caucus, may run for the Republican presidential nomination (New York Times).

BBC's coverage of Israel is biased (The Telegraph, UK). The same could be said for Australia's public broadcasters (Gavin Atkin's Shadowlands blog on Asian Correspondent).

The Taxpayers Alliance (UK) review the Conservative/Lib-Dem budget.

The GOP's response to citizen-initiated referenda which reduced partisanship in California (LA Times).

On public discussion of French collaboration with the Nazis (Wall Street Journal).

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Above: The latest political advertisement from the NSW Liberals. 

Impending Rudd Challenge?

Rudd News No. 1: Is Rudd leaking again so as to damage Prime Minister Gillard? Apparently, the mining tax truce was Rudd's idea (The Australian).

Rudd News No. 2: Rudd says that UN has responsibility to protect citizens in civil wars (The Australian).

Rudd News No. 3: Rudd visits Carmel Tebutt in Marrickville (Sydney Morning Herald).

Yet More Rudd News: Activist Rudd defies his critics (including Prime Minister Gillard presumably) Sydney Morning Herald.

Is Rudd going to challenge? Laurie Oakes flags the Rudd Resurrection, labelling Rudd 'the preferred Labor leader…' (Herald Sun).

Rest of Australia

Greens want to lose loony left label (The Australian).

Colin Barnett calls for an easier entry route for skilled migrants (Herald Sun). 

Michelle Grattan says, 'Julia Gillard is trying a mix of fudge and fess, and invoking changed circumstances, as she grapples with the fallout from reversing her unqualified election undertaking that there would not be a carbon tax' (The Age).

Kennett's Legacy: Will Melbourne retain the Australian Grand Prix? (Sydney Morning Herald)

More trouble at Christmas Island detention facility (PerthNow). 

Is Andrew Wilkie going to run for the Senate? (The Mercury)

Coalition gaining momentum in New South Wales (ABC Online). 

Paul Cleary says no guarantee of migrant vote in Labor's NSW heartland, 'A challenge for both parties is how to communicate with immigrants, who often speak little English. Some migrants in the ethnically diverse Lakemba area interviewed by Inquirer say they know little about the election or the candidates being fielded'(The Australian).


Obama 470

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Good news: Gaddafi calls off raids on rebels following UN Security Council resolution (The Australian). 

A safer way to store nuclear waste is needed, 'The most urgent focus of Japan's worsening nuclear crisis is the threat from radioactive fuel that has already been used in the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and awaits disposal. In the United States, the nuclear industry has amassed about 70,000 tons of such potentially deadly waste material — and we have nowhere to put it' (Washington Post).

Bahrain's rebellion could be calamitous for the West, 'Iran has responded to the Saudi intervention by cutting diplomatic ties with Bahrain and denouncing the reinforcements as "unacceptable". There is considerable concern within British security circles that the situation could spread into a wider conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia, with calamitous consequences for the West' (Daily Telegraph UK).

Don't ditch plastic, 'Since the 1930s, when the product first hit the market, there has been a plastic toothbrush in every American bathroom. But if you are one of the growing number of people seeking to purge plastic from their lives, you can now buy a wooden toothbrush with boar’s-hair bristles, along with other such back-to-the-future products as cloth sandwich wrappers, metal storage containers and leather fly swatters' (New York Times).

Ireland starts long road back to fiscal stability (Bloomberg).

The Chinese leadership fears its own people, 'Beijing is making sure Chinese pro-democracy activists, who have called for their own "Jasmine Revolution," do not succeed in emulating their North African counterparts. The leadership's crackdown borders on paranoia, but the Communist Party knows that the economic miracle that maintains social stability is at risk' (Der Spiegel English Edition, Germany).

British politics: Ed Miliband to turn out like mentor, Neil Kinnock, 'Like Kinnock, he is concentrating only on being the voice of opposition, as the events of the past few days show with disconcerting clarity' (Daily Telegraph UK).

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Above: Latest NSW Liberal Party campaign advertisement.


Labor has a bad day at the office.  According to Roy Morgan, Liberal-Nationals two-party preferred at 55.5% compared to Labor's 44.5% (Roy Morgan).  William Bowe the Pollbludger comments on the results (Crikey).

Labor politician, Mark Dreyfus QC draws a parallel between Tony Abbott and vile Nazi propagandist, Josef Goebbels (Sydney Morning Herald).  Will Wayne Swan condemn his colleague? (The Australian)

Malcolm Farr: Gillard: A practically left-wing PM in every way (The Punch).

Milk Wars heat up (Ninemsn)

Australia's foreign policy in a shambles after Kevin Rudd directly contradicts his leader and Prime Minister (The Australian).

Andrew Bolt says that Australia has too many prime ministers (Herald Sun). Fair point.

WA's Premier Colin Barnett flags massive natural gas deals with South Koreans (WA Today). Is he the best Premier in the country?


Above: Liberals launch online advertisement attacking Labor hypocrisy on carbon tax.

The World

Daniel Hannan says that America deserves better than Europe, 'On a U.S. talk-radio show recently, I was asked what I thought about the notion that Barack Obama had been born in Kenya. "Pah!" I replied (or words to that effect). "Your president was plainly born in Brussels' (Wall Street Journal, USA).

The ongoing struggle between the Dalai Lama and Beijing to decide the succession,'The 14th incarnation has been a remarkably effective leader in an extremely difficult cause for more than 50 years. He has given the plight of the Tibetan people both an international profile and a moral authority that all of Beijing’s efforts to discredit him have failed to dent. Without him, the Tibetans might have become just another fragmented and forgotten group of exiles clinging to a dying culture. With him, they have proved resilient and tenacious, and have benefited from the global recognition that he has earned' (Daily Telegraph, UK).

Israel's diplomatic fiasco is as serious as a military blunder'Even though the diplomatic fiasco that Israel is experiencing now is no less serious than a military blunder, and its implications in the long run are perhaps even more threatening to the country's future and robustness, no protest movement has sprung up against those clearly responsible for the failure' (Haaretz, Israel).

Return to the drachma? Economists warn that Greece may have to leave the Eurozone (Der Spiegel English Edition, Germany)

Wednesday was 'No Smoking Day' in Britain.  The Taxpayers Alliance explains how to declare war on the enemies of enterprise: declare war on shopkeepers apparently (Taxpayers Alliance, UK).

The brave teacher standing up to the British teaching establishment, 'Birbalsingh is a brave black woman who had the audacity to berate the schools system and, more pointedly, the leftwing consensus on education. Birbalsingh and I, and a growing number of what I call black and Asian free thinkers, are now turning against our mainly white liberal mentors' (The Guardian, UK).

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Newspoll: Labor support collapsing

Dennis Shanahan reports:

JULIA Gillard's carbon tax plan has sent Labor's primary vote support reeling to its lowest level on record, with the Prime Minister also suffering a significant slide in her personal standing.

The latest Newspoll survey, conducted exclusively for The Australian, reveals Labor's primary vote has fallen from 36 per cent two weeks ago to 30 per cent, below the 31 per cent record when Paul Keating was prime minister in 1993, as the Coalition rose four points to 45 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis, based on preference flows at last year's election, Labor now trails the Coalition 46 per cent to 54 per cent after being tied at 50 per cent support two weeks ago.

Ms Gillard, who last month announced plans to introduce a carbon tax from July 1 next year, has seen her lead over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister halved from 22 points to 11 points. Voter satisfaction with Ms Gillard has also collapsed.

Sinclair Davidson at Catallaxy shares a timely reminder too.


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Above: Latest NSW Liberal campaign advertisement


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Above article via ConservativeHomeUK on the UK Conservative Party's policies on immigration and Europe following a poor byelection performance overnight (click on the image)


Above: Latest ad from the Republican National Committee.

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