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Let’s just relegate the curtsy once and for all

I never thought I would find myself writing a piece about curtsying, and these are certainly the first and last words I will have to say on the subject, but the storm in the Royal Doulton teacup that has apparently … Continue reading

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Lack of judgement? Blame the staff.

Last week the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, again found himself in an uncomfortable situation regarding his surroundings. On a routine political visit to a factory he was photographed, wearing the de rigeur bright yellow vest and safety goggles, while being … Continue reading

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PM’s opposition to gay marriage out of line

The Prime Minister, asked recently whether she would support same-sex marriage, replied that she is ‘on the conservative side of that argument’, claiming that she opposes gay marriage on the grounds that marriage as it stands – that is, the … Continue reading

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An open letter to Tony Abbott

An open letter to the Hon Mr Tony Abbott MP Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition (they are still loyal, aren’t they?) 24th March, 2011 Dear Mr Abbott When the Prime Minister announced her government’s plans to tax carbon pollution … Continue reading

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Public language: can we have eloquent leaders again, please?

When, precisely, did public language become so bland? So full of cliches and spin? So bloody meaningless? And how is this affecting our public view of the language-manglers? Don Watson’s wonderful satire of bureaucraspeak, Weasel Words, summed up, from A … Continue reading

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