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What next?

So, we have Brexit, but where to next for the UK?

Assuming that this all goes through, and the UK really does exit the European Union, something I will truly believe only once Article 50 is invoked, what are the options?

Remain on the periphery of the EU?

Establish a North Sea Union?

Something different?

Well, I don’t know what all the options are, and I am not going to go through a list however small, but there is one option I am absolutely in favour of.

I have never been against a European Union per se,  just this particular model. In my younger days, not only was I in favour of the UK being in the EEC and then the EC, but I was in favour of Australia also joining… However, as I observed its operations I went from disturbed, through concerned and deeply troubled, and ended up militantly anti. However, I continue to have no objection to a union in principle, it just has to be structured a bit better.

Where am I going with this? I have just finished reading a new paper by James C. Bennett, of Anglosphere (1)(2) fame, and I am convinced by his arguments. Although, I was disposed to accept what he was putting forward long before I read the document.

When the UK joined the EU it was a kick in the teeth to their brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and sundry other friends and relatives scattered all around the globe in many different countries and territories. For some places, New Zealand as an example, the loss of UK markets caused real hardship.

But that was then, this is now.


Green Disarray

Two things.

First, you Aussies oughtta be ashamed of yerselfs. Yes, I’m looking at you, Cats. And others of your unworshipful ilk. Just look at this headline from Eric Worall’s posting yesterday at WUWT, then go read the piece, and tell me how you guys can avoid hanging your heads in shame. The WO-O-ORRLLLD is coming to an end, and all you can think of is to put up some climate-denier babe to take over the Senate. The very idea!

Green Panic: “Deniers” may hold the Balance of Power in the Aussie Senate

Eric Worrall / 24 hours ago July 4, 2016

Pauline Hanson. By Dragons Abreast Australia – originally posted to Picasa as Pauline Hanson, Jenny Petterson, Michelle Hanton, Joanne Petterson, CC BY 3.0,

Greens are panicking in Australia in the wake of the recent cliffhanger Federal Election, as the likelihood grows that climate skeptic Pauline Hanson, who has repeatedly demanded a Royal Commission into Climate Change, will control the balance of power in the new Australian Senate.

“Australia Is Being Swamped By Climate Change Deniers”

With Pauline Hanson looking certain to return to parliament, there’s never been a worse time to be the Great Barrier Reef, writes Liz Conor.

“Fellow Austraiyans. If you are reading me now it means that I have become murderous.

“Murderously, apoplectically incensed.

“Pauline Hanson appears to have picked up a spot in our Senate at the time of writing, possibly even two or more. She will represent Queensland….” [snip]


But I have friends in the UK, not just in Oz, and I don’t want you Brits to feel left out, nor to think that your misdeeds will go unmarked and unchastised. For from Anthony W. his own self, we have this piece explaining that if some tiny bit of Gaia survives the predations of the Aussies against her, you folks will certainly make sure that the rest of our poor, dear planet goes out of existence instanter. Brexit! For shame. For SHAME!!!

Brexit: Green Industry Fears Break-Up Of Climate Consensus
Anthony Watts / 8 hours ago July 5, 2016

Britain & Germany May Delay Coal Phase-Out

The financial uncertainty triggered by the UK’s vote to leave the EU has sent shudders through virtually every industry, but Europe’s renewable energy sector faces even greater insecurity. The successful Leave campaign was led by several political figures opposed to tackling climate change by replacing fossil fuel power stations with wind farms and other sources of renewable energy. The campaign’s strategy committee included Lord [Nigel] Lawson, founder of the Global Warming Policy Foundation think-tank which says the science of climate change is “not yet settled”. –Pilita Clark, Financial Times, 4 July 2016

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union frees up the nation to set environmental rules independent of the other 27-nations in the bloc, raising the risk for renewable energy developers that restrictions will be loosened on coal power. –Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg, 5 July 2016


Another choice


Golly gosh.

Now that’s a result.

Following the Australian Federal election yesterday we snuggled in front of the TV to watch the results trickle in. I had my hopes that the empty suit living in The Lodge in Canberra would get a bloody nose, but wasn’t confident that the narcissistic prick would even notice should it happen.

Well(Again)!! Weren’t we all wrong over that?

The government, and that egotistic failure, Turnbull were not just clobbered, but squashed flat and run over with a steamroller.

Since taking over the government nine months ago Malcolm Turnbull has managed to turn one one of the largest parliamentary majorities ever into, not just a a bare one seat majority, but into possibly a minority government, or even into a complete loss of government. The Prime Minister, apparently, having taken the job claiming that he was the man who would save the government from Tony Abbotts fumbling, has been ringing the five cross benchers touting for their support. Sheesh.

His failure to resign, at this point, is indicative of Turnbulls continued detachment from reality.

Andrew Bolt sums it up in a column here, and as follows:

Wunnerful, innit?

Turnbull has delusions of adequacy

Delcon, a contraction of delusional conservative: A neologism recently coined and inserted into the Australian narrative by the a local commentator, the usually somewhat divine Ms Miranda Devine.

Now, Miranda is one of the good guys; solidly non socialist and can usually be found on the right side of history, but the political assassination of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott split his Liberal party, and continues to split the support base, into two antagonistic factions, and this split has become increasingly poisonous as time demonstrates Malcolm Turnbull to be naught bar an empty suit.

A delcon is a liberal/conservative (liberal in the classical sense, not in the American sense) who is not a fan of the new Prime Minister, and who would like to see him gone. This word was aimed as an insult, but has been picked up, adopted, and proudly worn by those it was aimed at.


Professor Bob Carter, 1942-2016

There are quite a few of these anti-AGW-Alarmists floating about Oz, and Prof. Carter was certainly one of the most entertaining. Here is how Jennifer Marohasy begins her remembrance of Dr. Carter.

Nobody Lives in a World Climate: Professor Bob Carter 1942-2016
By jennifer on January 21, 2016 in Information

OUTSPOKEN critic of catastrophic global warming theory, Bob Carter, died in Townsville on Tuesday.

Professor Carter did not like the term sceptic, he considered himself a rationalist, and popular usage of the term ‘climate change’ a tautology. As he wrote frequently: the geological record tells us that climate always changes. In Professor Carter’s passing we have lost a person who believed in value-free science.

When he was still directing the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, Professor Carter spent an evening with me at his home in Townsville poring over a single chart that was a proxy record of New Zealand’s climate over the last several thousand years. The time series data had been printed out on a long and continuous roll of paper: longer than the kitchen table so the end of the chart, that portion representing the present, was often dangling somewhere near the floor.


UPDATE: Here is one of Prof. Carter’s recent talks, from ICCC10 — the Heartland Institute’s 10th International Conference on Climate Change — held last June in Washington. It’s entitled “The Counter-consensus: Adaptation Versus Mitigation.” (The Heartland Institute’s page listing and linking to all the talks at the Conference, is here.)

Musical Chairs – Aussie-style

Tony Abbot v Malcolm Turnbull

The sudden ousting of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott now means the country has had five people fill the position since 2010.

Tony Abbott removed: Australia has had five prime ministers in five years

It began with the ousting of Kevin Rudd in June 2010 by his execrable deputy Julia Gillard, she was then ousted in June 2013, back again to Kevin Rudd until September 2013 when (quelle surprise!), Labor get kicked out and in comes budgie-smuggler-in-chief, Liberal leader Tony Abbott at the Aussie general election and then the Liberals start playing the same games as Labor and have ousted Tony Abbott in favour of “effective, but not well loved” new Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull.

While it might be justified for the Australian electorate to “throw the buggers out!”, they have had very little say in any of this.

For myself, I think that a change of Prime Minister (other than due to his or her death*), in a parliamentary system, should result in an immediate general election. It would mean that the decision of the electorate is paramount and it would also stop a lot of ‘party games‘ such as this.

* – Obviously you wouldn’t want some nut-job being able to force a General Election by the assassination of a Prime Minister.

Racial Discrimination Act

Prior to the last Australian election the opposition promised to abolish Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act, the section which suppressed debate on public policy so long as some whiney thin skinned whinger individual felt themselves insulted, humiliated, offended or intimidated on the basis of ethnicity or race.

However, as a result of the level of objection, by people who would never vote for this government anyway, the Prime Minister yesterday announced that this promise would be dropped.

Last night I sent the following email to my local Liberal Party MP:


Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris was a massive part of my youth. It would appear now that he was a massive part of other kids youth too – and not in a good way. I mean I always thought Saville was a sleazy sod but Rolf! Rolf was Aussie gold.

I use to watch his show “Cartoon Club” as a kid and as 19 year-old he headlined the end of year party at Nottingham University. He was great. He got bigger cheers than Dannii Minogue who was the second on the list. I was right at the front and she certainly was “well fit” in the live. I guess she was maybe (even then) too old for Rolf’s tastes and Kylie would have clobbered him with a knotty prop – always struck even from her days in Neighbours as a feisty one our Kylie.

So I saw Rolf with his wobble board and doing Jake The Peg, painted an Outback scene and did a few songs and told a few jokes. The consummate light entertainer – especially after a few tinnies of Fosters – yes there was a reason the evening had an Australian theme.

I just don’t get it. If you are a successful, wealthy, entertainer you can actually get a consensual sexual relationship with an attractive adult. So why all this nasty, grubby stuff? Is it to quote Wilde, “Dining with Panthers” or is it just egomania or what?

Rolf, you let a generation down. You let me down. Now you are going down.

Silly question of the day




MarielineI’d like you to meet Marieline, an old friend and an ex girlfriend from some years ago.

I haven’t seen her for years, kinda because we live on different sides of the continent. She lives in Perth, and I live on Queenslands sunny Gold Coast.

This doesn’t allow for the occasional Saturday morning meet up for a cup of coffee, but we cross paths on the Internet on occasion and say hello.

Anyway, Marieline is suffering from motor neurone disease, sorta like wot that physicist chappie has, the one who invented quantum black holes, evaporating black holes and pootles about about writing books on the nature of time when he is not redefining our understanding of existence. That one, you know.

Anyway, Marieline is what Susan Sto Helit’s old school headmistress would have called a plucky gel, and she is taking part in a charity walk in order to raise a bit of cash to contribute to motor neurone research.

Go on, bung a couple a bob into the pot. You know you want to, don’t you?

Titles restored

Until the 1970’s the Australian honours system mirrored that of the Brits, from whom we inherited it.

Gough Whitlam, on becoming Prime Minister, abolished the old system and instituted a new one, called the Order of Australia.

No problem with the concept, a little disappointed at the lack of imagination in its name tho.

Anyway, the old titles were swept away. No more lords, knights or dames. No more CBE’s, MBE’s and so on. The awards were – Member, Officer and Companion of the Order of Australia, and the left rejoiced.

Then, for those who know their modern Australian history, Gough was swept away, and the Tories got back in. In 1976 Knight and Dame were added to the list, and the left snarled.

Ten years later, in 1986, Bob Hawke, or Hawkey as some fantasise it is affectionate to call him, abolished those titles, and the left rejoiced, again.

Now, one would have thought that, 28 years having passed, the matter would be settled, but no. The age of chivalry remains undead, and like zombies rising from their graves, Knights and Dames have returned.

Not only that, but the positions will be institutionalised. The Queens Representative in Australia, the Governor General, will be given the title of Sir or Dame on ascension, and will be head of the order for the period of their tenure in office.


Personally, I don’t care, I am a bit of a traditionalist, so I also don’t object. After all, what is the difference between putting OA (Order of Australia) after your name, and putting Sir or Dame before it?

Now, Australia doesn’t have a system of nobility, even if there is no constitutional prohibition against it, as the US has. So a Knight is the lowest rank of nobility, does it matter? The titles aren’t hereditary, so, no, not to me.

This has meaning for me only to the extent of the pleasure I will gain from watching progressive heads explode.

One of our Mangoes is Missing…

Thieves have taken off with the ten metre high Big Mango from a fruit-growing town in northern Queensland, Australia.

The giant, bright orange replica of the famous Bowen mango is one of Australia’s iconic tourist attractions[?!], and was the pride of Bowen[?!], before a team of robbers took off with it under the cover of darkness in the early hours of Monday.

Security cameras appear to have captured the daring heist, in which the three-story painted metal mango was unbolted from the concrete platform on which it had stood since 2002, rolled on to a heavy vehicle and driven off down Queensland’s Bruce Highway.

Bruce Highway”! Only in Oz.

Motives for the theft remain unclear.

Quite the three pipe problem then.

Is there a university or college nearby? I mean other than the presumably small scrap value it says “student jape” to me. A pretty ambitious one but I guess they think bigger in the colonies. Well, the colony of criminals anyway.

Another, Oh very good


We got us a few LINO’s here in Oz.


We have had a sort of hysterical over reaction to the Australian governments announcement that it is appointing Tim Wilson of the IPA, The Institute of Public Affairs, someone who actually supports civil rights to the Orwellian named Human Right Commission.

Tim Blair, by way of apology for highlighting the level of hysteria shown, has come up with an appropriate remedy.

Ooohhh, We’ll drink a drink a drink
To lily the pink the pink the pink
The saviour of our human race
For she invented, medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

No more

It looks as if Australia and Canada are taking a lead on this.

FEDERAL cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new contributions, taxes or charges at this week’s global summit on climate change, in a significant toughening of its stance as it plans to move within days to repeal the carbon tax.

Cabinet ministers have decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism” after meeting last week to consider a submission on the position the government would take to the Warsaw conference.

Lets not pull any punches on this matter. It doesn’t matter what the problem is, the solution is always the same – more government, and less accountability. More EU, more UN and less democracy.

Someone is finally saying “enough is enough”.

This doesn’t bode well for future negotiations on Sustainability and Agenda 21. At least, not from the point of view of the collectivists.