Margo Kingston’s Web Diary is a bizarre, eclectic and idiosyncratic publication, mostly with a tiresomely left-wing bias. And Margo herself is a strange creature to say the least. I often find her journalistic efforts shrill and irrational. But a long article by Margo in today’s SMH reminds me that there’s actually a core of centrist commonsense there, that’s too often obscured by her obsessive and overblown hatred for John Howard.
Margo’s article is actually a transcript of a speech she gave to the Sydney Institute a couple of nights ago. It compares the philosophies and record of Sir Robert Menzies with those of John Howard. She argues that Menzies was a true liberal democrat with a breadth of vision and a respect for fundamental freedoms that Howard conspicuously lacks. She’s no Judith Brett, but I reckon Margo has a point. Now I’ll stand back and let the RWDBs do their stuff (and possibly the LWDBs as well). Of course, it may well be a measure of how far Australia has drifted to the right in recent years that one could even flirt with the notion of Menzies as a beacon of centrist moderation.
PS – I just had a horrible thought. I wonder whether they’re related? Compare the eyebrows. And the lop-sided smile. Margo the Merciless? Nah!!!