Tags: andrew bolt

9 Jun 2005, Comments (0)

More ratbags with horses

Author: Helen

This is a dead-set public service.

I read Andrew Bolt’s online forum, so you don’t have to!

No, that’s not entirely accurate. I have read Bolt’s forum and while it was a good laugh once or twice, I don’t have that much time to waste.

One of its features is the number of crawling, sycophantic posts from various Bolt supporters. You know the kind of thing, they all read like “…… publishing facts rather than …fictitious rhetoric he is used to reading. … Keep up the great work. Adam.” And stuff along those lines.

But my eye fell on an especially prostrate post from a young gel obviously smitten by Andrew (Must do something about that eye-falling-out-on-things problem sometime.)

From: Riding

Comment: Good Evening, Have you thought about changing the name from your Forum to the Andrew Bolt Soapbox? It’s everybody’s chance at 15 lines of infamy. Anyway, to climb up there for my own self…I was thinking about how the the left got riled after the last election over the Australian majority choosing low interest rates over more foreign aid, mandatory detention of illegal immigrants over open borders to refugees and disincentives for dole bludgers to stay out of work over easing the poverty of the long-term unemployed. I couldn’t help thinking that we don’t have Howard’s Australia, but Australia’s Howard. It seems like the whole world has changed since I wrote to you a while ago when I was on the Student Union. Now I’m out of the leftist echo-room, which it absolutely is, and thinking of what the next step would be if the progressive left changes ever came to pass and it’s making more sense to be a bit conservative. But I still think that reading your work is like watching Muralidaran bowl his doosra. It’s a very unique spin and love it or hate it, it’s a mind-boggling pleasure and you can’t look away. I’d be very interested in knowing if you’ve turned your hand to poetry at any point. Be well .

Andrew replies: I grew out of poetry -or it spat me out – before I turned 20, although some publisher wrote to me only a couple of weeks ago to threaten me with republishing one of my pieces. The only poetry I now read for pleasure is the work of the Tang dynasty poets, such as Wang Wei.

Well, wang something, anyway.

Don’t you love the “be well”?

Now who have we heard of who is a keen equestrienne, used to be one of the editors of Farrago, and thinks Andrew Bolt is a bit of all right? or is someone out there having a lend?

22 Nov 2004, Comments (0)


Author: Helen

Of course, this post is way overdue, as everyone else has already gone “Aaaaaaaaaarggggghhh!!” days ago over this.

First it was Chris Sheil, perhaps Feministe… now it’s Gummo… and maybe even the truly awesome Jeanne D’arc..

Surely this is the final death knell for the social darwinists. Isn’t the worst who are supposed to drop out while the fittest survive?

However.* Clouds, silver linings, etc. I was getting worried at the sheer quality and quantity of good stuff I was discovering in the blogosphere, what with my blog reading time being finite and all that. I can’t even read blogs on my lunch break any more, as we have a stupidly overzealous firewall which brings up “Block Pornography!” for all the best blogs. (It does it for Andrew Bolt though, and everything in the Herald Sun, so I guess it does have some taste.)

So I’ll have some time for the new ones I’ve discovered. For instance, how did I blog this long without discovering Darp Hau? Philobiblon? Echidne of the Snakes? Burnt Karma? Not to mention quite a few fine blogs already on my blogroll I’ve been neglecting due to the burgeoning talent everywhere.

The blogiverse is infinite, grasshopper. Just wish my day was.

*Sorry Chris. How ironic, to transgress your rules of blogging in this post. I did feel a However was called for there, however. Oh! That’s another one…

20 Sep 2004, Comments (0)

I said Menzies, sonny, not Nazis!

Author: Helen

According to our political masters (up to and including Andrew Bolt and John Laws, and probably Alan Jones if I was paying any attention) the Green party is all sorts of nasty things. They’re kooky. They’re watermelons. They’re mad, dangerous, evil, bizarre and sinister.

Since Bolt (“Colostomy Lugs” to his admirers) throws practically everything in the book at the Greens, it’s hardly surprising that he includes George Brandis’ story— Green voters like bushwalking, ergo! they’re incipient Nazis like the Hitler youth.

Brandis has been silent on this topic since it was reported.* I was assuming this was because the argument was simply shite. However, googling one day in search of something or other, I came across some complete Lyndon LaRouche nutter’s website (if you want kooky, mad and bizarre, and possibly evil, but kinda silly, look no further.) On it I found this little gem. I think someone senior from the Liberal party took George out the back and had a quiet word to him about W.S.Kent Hughes.


W.S. Kent Hughes was a co-founder of the Young Liberals** (working closely with that icon, Robert Menzies) – and the Australian Olympic committee too, another organisation beloved of the Australian mainstream. (Noooooo!!)

Now you must excuse me ’cause my lederhosen are in the wash and I need to dry them out before they go all boardlike.

*as far as I know. Corrections welcome.
** Completely unrelated: Unless the Young Libs’ website has moved on since I posted this, there’s a picture of Ross Cameron (Snork!) as “NSW Young Libs Parliamentary Patron”. Ah, the midlife crisis…