Today, in essential reading for all patriots, Ruperts Organ of Freedom throbs big time with big ideas and larger than life loftiness.
Beginning at Planet Janet we find ourselves once again saving Western Civilisation as she goes suborbital around Muslim Terror. Its Good v Evil from the get go as Ms Janet struggles between maternal feelings toward Western Liberalism and a desire to smash the bastards in the first paragraph. A spoiler warning : close your eyes now if you dont want to know the result which was ….. Western Liberalism-0; Smash the bastards-1. It was a close run thing though as Ms Janet bravely acknowledges.
So its not easy saying this: it is time we banned Hizb ut-Tahrir.
But it was worth the effort to reach that startling conclusion right up front, because, well, the rest of the article can be spent repeating it. Muslim Terror has met its match. The group will be banned. Problem solved. Its a testament really to the practical can-do attitude of us Aussies, which is a theme also taken up today by Foreign Affairs editor Greg Sheridan.
Australia is a pragmatic country, almost the platonic ideal of traditional Anglo-Saxon empiricism.
Plato, a man who apparently was British to his Birkenstocks, would have no hesitation in endorsing Mr. Sheridans clear eyed assessment of the unique capabilities of the Aussie character. And which Aussie character is the most capable of all? Lets play a little game. See if you can guess. Heres some sentences that Mr. Sheridan prepared earlier.
Howards speech was bold, strong and one of the best he has given on strategic issues.
Howard is wildly underestimated intellectually, even by seemingly careful observers.
Howard chooses to speak in a plain and easily comprehensible style.
Mr. Sheridan isnt just wildly enthusiastic about the Prime Minister, hes in Love – not that theres anything wrong with that indeed non-taxpayer funded fawning at this level can only be applauded. Its the miracle of private enterprise journalism at work.
Its a different kind of support provide by Economics editor Alan Wood who has noticed that the whinging classes have adopted the undesirable view that there has been a housing affordability crisis under the peerless economic stewardship of the Howard government.
There is no housing affordability crisis says Mr Wood, much to the surprise of the thousands of people who cant afford houses. Mr Woods argument goes something like this: House prices are going up but beer is getting cheaper therefore there is no housing affordability crisis.
But his argument doesn’t stop there. He also looks at how much money people are making and compares it with mortgage repayments
But when it comes to looking at the actual dollars outlaid a slightly different picture emerges. While the average wage has risen by almost $850 a month over the past five years, repayments on an average home loan have risen by around $740 a month. More bucks in the pocket, and that doesnt take into account tax cuts.
Generously, Mr. Wood ignores tax cuts, but he also ignores income tax because presumably he is talking a gross average wage increase of $850 a month over that time – and while hes ignoring things hes chosen to ignore the facts as well. Or at least the facts as recorded by the ABS (Table 2), which puts the average weekly earnings in Feb 2002 at $684 and in Feb 2007 at $857 (ie wage growth from $2964/mth to $3716/mth) an increase over the five years of $751 – Seems that Mr. Wood has lost $100 bucks of the average earners wage. If they werent Howard battlers before they certainly are after Mr. Wood has finished with their pay packet.
But its all in a good cause, and Ruperts Organ of Freedom is making it very clear whose firm hand it wants on the helm come the denouement. And Mr. Sheridan? Well he, no doubt is already dreamily contemplating that relaxing post election cigarette.