Making History

Whew! If you were concerned about the potential effects of another Ralph Nader presidential punt on the Bush/Kerry race, you can now officially relax! Phillip Adams and Barry Jones are on the job. According to Phillip, he and Barry are about to change Nader’s mind as only they can by writing him a letter (let’s hope, on recycled paper”¦). They made him. They alone can stop his misguided crusade!

In a wonderfully Adamesque column, complete with the classic ballistic missile fusillade of name dropping, Phillip reveals how it was Macfarlane Burnet’s views on solar power that changed Ralph forever back in 1972, at a gathering in Melbourne which also included Barry and Phillip, an inevitably, “slightly pissed” John Gorton and a couple of other slightly less luminous opinion-makers, who hadn’t been connected with the making of that iconic contribution to the western canon The Adventures of Barry Mackenzie in any way. How anyone got a word in edgeways in that coterie is unclear, but Phillip assures us that Ralph left the meeting a new man and with Barry’s contact details, which he’s apparently accessed constantly ever since. It may have been “Mac” who made the impact but it was Barry and Phillip who made the lasting impression on Ralph. For instance, Barry and Ralph were apparently invited to Russia together in the Gorbachev era when Gorby sought their help in energising a Russian consumer complaint culture. Why Gorby thought that this might be a priority at that great historical juncture is, sadly, not made clear. Given that your average Russian had about 75 years of hitherto suppressed consumer complaints stored up and seething away, it was arguably a redundant exercise as Gorby’s political demise shortly thereafter, might reasonably be seen to reveal. Still, somewhere in the Kremlin there may well still be a few sheets of A4 flowcharting diagrams, inscribed, “Consumer Complaints Nation,” just waiting to be unearthed.

Phillip’s column concludes thus: Jones has circulated a letter among Nader’s Australian friends and I think that all of us, without exception, will co-sign. Australia changed Nader’s mind back in 1972. Okay, it’s a long shot. But perhaps, just perhaps, Australia can do it again. Australia?! Oh come now Phillip! That’s way too modest”¦”¦

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David Tiley
2022 years ago

We have to treasure Mr Adams. He is a windbag, but he is the only decent windbag we have. He may be full of hot air but the others are full of farts.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

“We have to treasure Mr Adams.”

I do David. I assure you.

DG
DG
2022 years ago

We all know Phil is a little prone to, how shall we say it, making stuff up. We also know that his grasp of science is not great, I recall his piece about his mate’s idea of digging canals into the middle of Australia to make fresh water.

However, even way back in 1972, did “one of Australia’s greatest scientists” really claim that tidal power would make the moon crash into the earth? If during this ‘debate’ Nader was “exhilarated” by the idea of building a sloar panel “just 160 kilometers by 160 kilometers” then I think he may well have been hearing voices.

While it may be amusing to picture Phil and his mates sitting around talking such complete crap I feel the story carries his usual level of accuracy.

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

Yes..I was a bit surprised at Sir Mac’s alleged theory about excessive tidal pull resulting in lunar armageddon. It’s got the ring of that theory about everyone in China jumping in unison in order to tip the earth off it’s axis…Still, maybe John Gorton wasn’t the only participant who was a bit tired and emotional and it was a long time ago. Maybe Ralph just agreed with Sir Mac in order to escape from all these pissed Aussies with their oddball theories? Who knows?

Norman
Norman
2022 years ago

Are they getting Dr Who to sign it? He may not have been there, but I understand Adams knows him well, and the Doctor never enters the Tardis without first consulting Phillip.

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