Jonathon Pie: Comedy, Satire, and Some Very Colourful Language!

Thank you to Pubster CKWatt who put this excellent comedy sketch from England in the comments.

Pubsters, please indulge me. 

British comedian Tom Walker created the satirical character, Jonathon Pie. Jonathon Pie is a television news presenter who broadcasts live from outside locations. The sketches show Mr Pie between takes, saying what he really thinks about his subject.

I really like Mr Walker’s work, as the frustrated and angry Jonathon Pie. I particularly like his political satire. Jonathon Pie says it in a way I can never equal.

The Jonathon Pie advertised tour of Australian theatres has some changes, due to this Plague.

I would love to see his live show.

This comedy sketch is about Mr Pie’s’ opinion of the priorities of the UK government,  led by The Esteemed PM Boris Johnson, in the area of Social Care.

Language Warning.

In this sketch Mr Pie swears. A lot. A very lot. It’s kind of swearing I am sure most of us felt like shouting at the TV screen at times when listening to politicians and various commentators.

Let Jonathon Pie do it for you. Just keep the kiddies out of the room.

Now, this is a satire about British politics. There is no resemblance to any Australian politician, or persons or groups or any other entity. Any appearances of such are purely coincidental, misinterpretation or karma, and does not reflect, imply or otherwise anything about anyone by anyone for anyone, against anyone, to anyone or anyone’s anyone or their pet, or garden gnome.

You are free to draw your own conclusions, of course.

This is a bit of laughter to ease the minds of locked-down Aussies.

No animals, plants, or microphones were hurt in this production . . . as far as we can tell.

In what ways our once-strong culture of political satire will be impacted by recent developments here in Australia remains to be seen.

Can you name others? Elephant Stamps are up for grabs!

So enjoy what can still be produced and broadcast on social media, in the Now Brexited Olde Blighty.

Remember I warned you, his language would burn the ears off of a marble gargoyle… but I think it’s worth it.

‘The News Is Mad’ (T. Walker, 2020.)

Tom Walker is very interesting in this CNN interview from June 2020 which is posted on YouTube. Tom discusses the creation of Jonathon Pie, and the differences between the himself and his creation, along with his observations of our current poltical and social ⁷scene.

The interviewer, Bianca Noble, is excellent.

Tom Walker has a sharp political sense, and using humour, exposes the  contradictions, the hypocrisy, and the mendacious stupidity of our modern democratic leaders.

Jonathan Pie has us laughing through the dawning realisation that our only other choices are to howl at the darkness, or cry. Or both.

Australia on Fire.

Our Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not escape his dose of Mr Pie’s satirical medicine.

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270 thoughts on “Jonathon Pie: Comedy, Satire, and Some Very Colourful Language!

  1. An account from a nurse in the US , no doubt similar to stories that could be told by nurses on Sydney and Melbourne.
    ..
    .
    A New Nurse Struggles to Save Patients in a New COVID Surge

    Cases peaked, then fell, then rose again. “It is so much worse this time”

    I saw my name followed by “RN” for the first time on July 27, 2020. The next day, my instructor, or preceptor, and I were assigned to the COVID intensive care unit at our hospital in Nashville, Tenn. I read the assignment sheet with a strange knot in my chest. It wasn’t fear or dread rising into my throat but something much harder to name.

    For months, as a nurse intern, I’d watched the battle-weary nurses emerge from COVID rooms,…….
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-new-nurse-struggles-to-save-patients-in-a-new-covid-surge/

    • I’m seeing the same sort of thing from people working in Sydney hospitals, yet that woman allegedly running NSW keeps assuring us the hospitals can cope easily. They cannot, they are already breaking down as she says, with a smirk, October will be the worst month.

  2. More on the government’s fakery about hydrogen.

    Richard Denniss, in an article from last May, explains.

    The government’s embrace of ‘clean hydrogen’ helps no one but the fossil fuel industry
    Scott Morrison isn’t the first prime minister to master the fake climate announceable – the idea first showed up around 20 years ago

    While it’s possible to produce clean hydrogen, right now, with renewable energy, Morrison – like Howard and Tony Abbott before him – is determined to focus on the potential for coal and gas to generate hydrogen as, in doing so, we can keep pretending that the world is going to need more of our coal and gas in the coming decades, not less.

    It really is bizarre how close the overlap is between the rightwingers who had no faith in the ability of climate scientists to predict climate change and the rightwingers who have incredible faith in other scientists’ ability to invent technological solutions to climate change. Non-renewable solutions, that is

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/03/the-governments-embrace-of-clean-hydrogen-helps-no-one-but-the-fossil-fuel-industry

    Why else would this industry be placed close to gas drilling sites and coal-fired power stations?

  3. From Swollen Pickles –

    Pivot: to duck uncomfortable issues or questions by focusing on something more favourable.

    For example, hypothetically, if you’d failed to take action until it was far too late you could potentially pivot out of it by focusing on how you’re now leading the way out of the crisis, winning the race, being the first, showing everyone else how it’s done.

    The ‘pivot’ scene was from Season 5, Episode 16 of Friends

    Some people might believe everything BinChicken says but most do not. Not after weeks of lockdown which could have been avoided if she had only had the guts to lock down in June.

  4. Very ugly goings on in Victoria tonight, the government set to shut down the whole construction industry (other than specified urgent projects) over a protest at the CFMEU.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/20/construction-union-blames-extremists-as-melbourne-protest-against-vaccine-mandate-turns-violent

    I dislike the situation immensely. I think John Setka is a wife-beating thug that has no right to be leader, and those protesting the mandate for all construction workers to be vaccinated are no better than the hysterical screaming Republican QAnon’s in the USA.

    But I think this situation has a real chance of getting very much more uglier than it already is.

  5. Something everyone always forgets – or has never known.

    France has territories in the Pacific – New Caledonia, French Polynesia and the Wallis and Futuna Islands. Together they make up one third of the Pacific Islands’ combined exclusive economic zone (EEZ),

    Our neighbours cannot be too happy with Australia right now. The French Navy deploys ships to their Pacific territories. What would happen if they decided to send a few nuclear submarines armed with missiles as part of that deployment? No subs are currently deployed, but you never know ……

  6. Word of the day from BoJo. Yes Boris , as we can see from the 1000 years of love between France and Perfidious Albion 😆

    “This is something that goes very, very deep. Our love of France, our admiration of France is ineradicable.”

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Matthew Knott and Bevan Shields tell us that Scott Morrison has sought to calm Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s concerns that the AUKUS submarine pact will lead to a new arms race in the Indo-Pacific ahead of his arrival in the United States for meetings with President Joe Biden and other world leaders.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/morrison-seeks-to-calm-indonesia-europe-sub-concerns-ahead-of-us-visit-20210921-p58tcr.html
    Peter Hartcher says, “As the world reorders itself to resist China, it’s a pity the latest move was so boofheaded”. He is clearly unimpressed.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/as-the-world-reorders-itself-to-resist-china-it-s-a-pity-the-latest-move-was-so-boofheaded-20210920-p58t3n.html
    Rob Harris tells us that veteran Labor senator Kim Carr says the federal government’s new nuclear submarine pact with the United States and Britain must be subject to parliamentary scrutiny to ensure Australia retains sovereign capability in its naval shipbuilding plan.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/veteran-labor-senator-demands-senate-inquiry-into-aukus-submarines-pact-20210920-p58ta1.html
    Richard Ogier is concerned that Australia may have trashed a relationship it honours every Anzac Day on the Somme.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/australia-may-have-trashed-a-relationship-it-honours-every-anzac-day-on-the-somme-20210920-p58t6q.html
    The Age’s editorial says that we should have treated France better over the submarine deal.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/we-should-have-treated-france-better-over-submarine-deal-20210920-p58t9h.html
    Paul Bongiorno says that Scott Morrison’s credibility has been torpedoed by the French and Christian Porter.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/09/21/paul-bongiorno-scott-morrison-credibility-french-christian-porter/
    The protracted timeline shows the folly of Australia’s nuclear submarine deal, says Brian Touhey.
    https://johnmenadue.com/protracted-timeline-shows-the-folly-of-australias-nuclear-submarine-deal/
    France is seeking to enlist European Union support to delay a planned EU-Australia trade deal, as part of a plan to punish Australia for what it regards as serial deceit and subterfuge by Canberra before it cancelled the contract for 12 attack-class French submarines.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/20/france-seeks-delay-eu-australia-trade-deal-amid-aukus-fallout
    Australia’s nuclear submarine deal will be of no benefit to the country in terms of environment or foreign policy, writes Dave Sweeney.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/nuclear-sub-plan-sees-australias-reputation-take-a-dive,15538
    They will blame the pandemic for nine years of doing nothing, except for submarines, says John Lord.
    https://theaimn.com/they-will-blame-the-pandemic-for-nine-years-of-doing-nothing-except-for-submarines/
    Ross Babbage explains how Australia can inject speed into its submarine plan. An interesting contribution.
    https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/how-australia-can-inject-speed-into-its-submarine-plan-20210919-p58t09
    David Crowe reckons there were only two ways to keep Christian Porter in federal cabinet, but neither could work, and he had to resign.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/standards-are-higher-for-ministers-why-porter-had-to-resign-20210919-p58t0d.html
    Janine Perrett says that Porter shows the bar is now so low for Parliamentary accountability it’s getting hard to see.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/porter-shows-the-bar-is-now-so-low-for-parliamentary-accountability-it-s-getting-hard-to-see-20210920-p58t3q.html
    Paul Karp writes that Labor and transparency experts have rubbished claims that MPs and senators may not be required to declare the source of gifts, a loophole that could make further action against Christian Porter more difficult.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/21/transparency-expert-dismisses-claims-mps-dont-have-to-declare-source-of-gifts
    Lisa Visentin writes about Barnaby Joyce’s performance yesterday putting up Christian Porter’s weights. Joyce is an embarrassment in so many ways!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bad-day-at-the-wicket-barnaby-joyce-says-porter-could-return-to-the-frontbench-20210920-p58t5d.html
    “Can Porter stay in politics without disclosing donors?”, asks the AFR.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/can-porter-stay-in-politics-without-disclosing-donors-20210919-p58t07
    Joe Aston says that Christian Porter finds himself in the legal hole he dug himself.
    https://www.afr.com/rear-window/christian-porter-in-legal-hole-he-dug-himself-20210920-p58t9x
    New South Wales police acknowledged they “never had the opportunity to commence the investigation” into an allegation of rape against Christian Porter, conceding the “investigation or lack thereof was not successful”, an internal review document seen by Guardian Australia has revealed. So much for Morrison’s dismissal of the allegations by referring to the “rule of law”!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/20/nsw-police-never-started-investigating-christian-porter-allegation-internal-review-reveals
    Discrimination law lecturer Liam Elphick explains why ‘no jab, no entry’ is not discrimination. This is well worth reading.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/here-s-why-no-jab-no-entry-is-not-discrimination-20210920-p58t2v.html
    Rachel Clun reports that mask-wearing will remain indefinitely in some settings as experts predict strict lockdowns will not protect COVID-free parts of the country from the pandemic forever.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/covid-19-will-remain-a-fire-fought-on-multiple-fronts-doherty-institute-says-20210920-p58t70.html
    Chip Le Grand writes that the research team whose work underpins Australia’s pandemic exit strategy believes the Delta strain of the virus is significantly more deadly than they assumed when the national plan was adopted.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/delta-more-deadly-than-national-plan-assumes-20210920-p58t9c.html
    Noel Towell reports that many are saying that Victoria, NSW and ACT are likely to roar back to economic life when their lockdowns end, but stay isolated from the rest of the nation.
    https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/divided-states-tipped-to-roar-back-to-economic-life-in-time-for-christmas-20210917-p58sjs.html
    Victoria’s building industry will be shut for two weeks after a day of unprecedented protests at the construction union’s head office, with windows smashed, projectiles thrown at senior officials and riot police closing down a major city street.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/victoria/crisis-meetings-after-construction-workers-clash-at-cfmeu-headquarters-20210920-p58t96.html
    The powerful Pharmacy Guild of Australia, despite its members’ record profits, and admitting Covid-19 did not harm their business one bit, has pocketed JobKeeper. Callum Foote reports on why they took it and how they won’t pay it back.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/greedy-pharmacy-guild-another-coven-of-lobbyists-collects-jobkeeper/
    Unemployment in Australia only 4.5%? Greg Jericho can’t stop laughing and he explains why.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2021/sep/21/unemployment-in-australia-only-45-wait-until-i-stop-laughing
    The scramble to buy massive infrastructure assets is picking up pace as cashed up buyers chase a steadily dwindling number of large assets, writes Elizabeth Knight.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/australia-s-infrastructure-price-party-isn-t-over-just-yet-20210920-p58t8t.html
    The NSW government is thrilled with the $11.1 billion sale of 49 per cent of WestConnex to toll road giant Transurban. But motorists are paying high prices for the result, warns Jennifer Hewett.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/transport/nsw-government-got-a-great-price-for-westconnex-but-motorists-will-pay-20210920-p58t9y
    Mike Foley tells us that moderate Liberals are urging the federal government to set more ambitious climate targets for 2030 than the one Tony Abbott committed to, and to pledge to hit net zero emissions by 2050 at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow this November.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/higher-ambition-moderate-liberals-urge-government-to-raise-climate-targets-20210920-p58t75.html
    Shane Wright and Mike Foley explain how climate change could cut property prices across a swath of Sydney’s northern suburbs from Lane Cove to Ku-ring-gai, with Reserve Bank analysis showing many homeowners face declining equity in their houses and rising insurance costs.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/climate-change-to-deliver-suburban-house-price-pain-rba-20210920-p58t5v.html
    Alexandra Smith reports that NSW Labor leader Chris Minns has forced his party to suspend the membership of the CFMEU’s NSW secretary and his son who have been charged for allegedly soliciting a series of $5000 kickbacks from a construction company.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/minns-forces-alp-to-suspend-nsw-cfmeu-officials-20210920-p58t8r.html
    A new survey of Australia’s 70,000 community sport clubs has found almost all have lost money with thousands of them facing the risk of going under. The survey was commissioned by the Australian Sports Foundation to examine how community sports clubs were faring during the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown. I can certainly vouch for this as our cricket and footy clubs are both teetering.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-21/community-sports-struggling-because-of-covid/100477600
    Karen Maley says that Evergrande’s financial woes are raising fears China’s huge house price boom could soon bust, which will deal a hefty blow to economic growth.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/what-happens-when-beijing-s-housing-bubble-bursts-20210919-p58svw
    Joe Biden will ease foreign travel restrictions to the US beginning in November, allowing foreigners into the country if they have proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test, the White House said.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/us-to-require-international-travellers-to-be-vaccinated-against-covid-19-20210921-p58tcn.html

    Cartoon Corner

    Cathy Wilcox

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    From the US





    • Thanks, Bill. How else can we lifelong lefties and unionists help support the common sense thinking on climate change of the broad base of Australians?

  8. Daily vids part 1, more later.

    Julian Hill –

    Seth Meyers –

    Chris Hayes –

    Rachel Maddow – (geddit while it’s hot)

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

  9. Absolutely right!

  10. Sheer madness.

    Well worth reading – all of it.

    Wood-fed hydrogen plant proposed for NSW in $15 million Singapore deal
    Plans to create hydrogen by burning wood have swollen in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, after sawmill offshoot, Sweetman Renewables, yesterday announced a $15 million deal with Singapore’s CAC-H₂ to construct the country’s largest wood-fed hydrogen production plant.
    https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2021/09/07/wood-fed-hydrogen-plant-to-be-built-in-nsw-in-15-million-singapore-deal/?fbclid=IwAR20ViApFPX9T89228kW43KanZI7ZoCbFgT2kasXAtnYSxDauRQmXQIBm5o

    Now read this –
    Koala numbers plummet by 30 per cent in three years
    Dire new data has shown an alarming plummet in the number of koalas in Australia, with growing fears they will go extinct.
    https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/koala-numbers-plummet-by-30-per-cent-in-three-years/news-story/dcb63cbb3ba3823e28140da9b46307c6

    • There is absolutely no tie-up between Sweetmans Resources, Millfield, exporting wood chip to Singapore and harvesting native timber coups in Koala country around Wauchope. SARCASM

  11. I’ve been feeling rather sick from the rioters in Melbourne today. I hope that they’re tracked down and punished for what they’ve done.

    I’m at the very least glad that there’s a lockdown so that there was no counter-protest. It was just them against the police. If counter-protests showed up, I think there would have been deaths today.

    My initial feelings are that this is the ratbag right’s Charlottesville moment, when they went too far in the eyes of the vast majority of reasonable people. Although how the media reports on this to the average person in the next days is key.

    • My sister says shoot them
      I say spray them with gentian violet and flouro paint, preferably a smelly sticky mixture that takes days to remove

  12. Channel 10 News was referring to the rioters as “tradies”. They were not!

    am not the only one who thinks this behaviour is sanctioned, maybe even encouraged by the Liberal Party, desperate to do all they can to bring down the Andrews government. Fat chance of that happening!

    When nutjobs like “Bunnings Karen” turn up for a protest you know it is not unionists or “tradies” involved, just right-wing extremists out to cause trouble.

    Someone alert noticed the Eltrax shirt in the first photo – that company folded and was closed down and delisted in 2018.

  13. Sucked in Australia.
    .

    Almost nine in 10 Australians will face higher average tax rates over the next decade despite the federal government’s three-stage income tax cut plan………..By the start of the next decade, with the budget still running a deficit of $52 billion, the share of government revenue coming from personal income tax will be at its highest rate since 1999.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tax-cuts-to-soon-disappear-as-budget-relies-on-workers-to-recover-from-covid-19-20210921-p58tfj.html

  14. I do nae like Rand Paul but he does make a good point re the drone murder of the Afghan family.

  15. Bwave Sir Robin.
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    Scott Morrison………………………expectations that he would meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly this week. “There is not an opportunity for that at this time. I’m sure that opportunity will come in time,” he told reporters.

  16. Bwave indeed Kaffee, too gutless to front Macron but Morrison found time to page homage to News Corpse.

  17. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Chew on this!

    Australia’s forecast economic growth has been sharply downgraded by the OECD as COVID-19 Delta outbreaks leave major cities in lockdown, but the nation is expected to avoid a double-dip recession, report Shane Wright and Jennifer Duke.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/oecd-cuts-australia-s-economic-growth-outlook-20210921-p58tj3.html
    And Wright tells us that almost nine in ten Australians will face higher average tax rates over the next decade despite the federal government’s three-stage income tax cut plan, with new independent analysis showing the budget will increasingly rely on ordinary workers to recover from the COVID-19 recession.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/tax-cuts-to-soon-disappear-as-budget-relies-on-workers-to-recover-from-covid-19-20210921-p58tfj.html
    He adds to the story, saying Sisyphus pushed a boulder up a hill. Australian treasurers face a similar problem with the nation’s tax system.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/sisyphus-and-treasurers-face-the-same-problem-the-work-doesn-t-stop-20210921-p58tj2.html
    Looking ahead to the next election and its timing, Ross Gittins points out that models, based on unmentioned explicit and implicit assumptions, inevitably give politicians and punters a false sense of certainty. He reckons national security and climate change will be neutered issues, leaving the economy as the battleground.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/timing-the-economy-to-fit-a-pandemic-election-is-a-tricky-business-20210921-p58tf5.html
    Phil Coorey reckons the Morrison government will give itself the option of a March poll by adding unspecified spending into the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook in December.
    https://www.afr.com/politics/federal/government-to-add-election-war-chest-to-myefo-20210921-p58tfq
    The Doherty Institute’s modelling has been endlessly debated, dissected and criticised. Here, scientists speak for themselves, as they answer the big questions about the report.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-doherty-reopening-report-all-your-questions-answered-hopefully-20210921-p58teo.html
    Matthew Knott reports that Joe Biden has declared Australia is America’s closest and most reliable ally during his first one-on-one meeting with Scott Morrison.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/we-re-in-lockstep-biden-hails-australia-at-meeting-with-morrison-20210922-p58tnf.html
    Not content with accusing the government of selling out Australia’s security interests, Paul Keating has opened fire on his own side as well, writes Deborah Snow.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/keating-turns-fury-on-labor-and-government-over-aukus-deal-20210921-p58tlc.html
    Here is Keating’s op-ed, headlined, “Morrison is making an enemy of China – and Labor is helping him”.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/morrison-is-making-an-enemy-of-china-and-labor-is-helping-him-20210921-p58tek.html
    The Australia Institute’s Alan Behm writes that Australia’s decision to join with the United States and the United Kingdom to build Australian long-range nuclear-powered submarines has little to do with the defence of Australia.
    https://johnmenadue.com/scott-morrisons-giant-nuclear-election-ploy/
    Bevan Shields tells us that one of Europe’s most senior leaders has reminded Prime Minister Scott Morrison of the need for “transparency and loyalty” during an awkward encounter in New York, as more countries openly criticise the new AUKUS defence pact.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/top-eu-leader-rebukes-scott-morrison-during-awkward-new-york-encounter-20210922-p58tnd.html
    Australia’s nuclear-power submarines will greatly enhance Australia’s ability to provide for its own self-reliant defence. Nevertheless, the new strategic approach confronts us with a number of almighty challenges, says Jon Stanford.
    https://johnmenadue.com/the-aukus-pact-if-you-want-peace-prepare-for-war/
    Anthony Galloway informs us that Australia could take up to three years to formally break away from the $90 billion submarine agreement with France as it looks to build a nuclear-propelled fleet with the United States and Britain.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australia-france-submarine-deal-could-take-three-years-to-terminate-20210921-p58tfd.html
    Australia is drawn more closely into the web of American anti-Chinese warmongering. President Joe Biden speaks of peer competition, yet on all fronts, and importantly on the domestic front, China is winning hands down, opines Dr William Briggs.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/china-and-how-america-lost-peer-competition,15540
    After mishandling its cancellation of the French submarines contract, the Morrison government is making things worse by suggesting the French really must have, or should have, known what was coming. Michelle Grattan says Morrison and Macron need to talk.
    https://theconversation.com/view-from-the-hill-morrison-and-macron-need-to-talk-168390
    While our Prime Minister receives criticism for steering us down a path of warmongering with the AUKUS alliance, this course was initially started prior to Scott Morrison. In this article from 2019, Dr Binoy Kampmark examined the roles of Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne in Australia’s nuclear submarine development and how the French contract was bound to fail.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/flashback-2019-like-a-fish-out-of-water-australias-submarine-project-is-a-flop,15542
    Michael Pascoe criticises our Acting PM’s loose lips when it comes to national security.
    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/2021/09/22/michael-pascoe-barnaby-joyce-iran-threat/
    A clear majority of Australians want the federal government to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, lifting support for the target to 60 per cent as Scott Morrison faces pressure from world leaders to take more action on climate change, says David Crowe about a new Resolve poll.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/clear-majority-of-australians-want-net-zero-emissions-by-2050-20210921-p58tkk.html
    In this op-ed Boris Johnson, ahead of the Glasgow Summitt, stridently declares that in the years to come, the only great powers will be green powers.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/in-the-years-to-come-the-only-great-powers-will-be-green-powers-20210921-p58tkr.html
    Landholders in far western NSW received a combined $300 million in public funds under a carbon credit scheme to not remove trees from their land, but experts say farmers were unlikely to have chopped them down even if they weren’t paid, reveals Mike Foley. A rural rort? Surely not!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/analysis-finds-300m-paid-to-farmers-to-keep-trees-they-were-unlikely-to-clear-20210920-p58t4u.html
    About 20% of carbon credits created under the federal Coalition’s main climate change policy do not represent real cuts in carbon dioxide and are essentially “junk”, new research suggests.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/22/one-in-five-carbon-credits-under-australias-main-climate-policy-are-junk-cuts-research-finds
    Sarah Martin tells us that Labor candidate Daniel Repacholi deleted his Instagram account that followed a range of accounts that included naked women posing with assault rifles and near-naked women in sexually provocative poses after he was selected by the party to run for the federal seat of Hunter, in New South Wales. Labor shot in its own foot, by the look of it!
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/22/labor-captains-pick-for-hunter-followed-sexually-suggestive-gun-toting-instagram-profiles
    Elizabeth Knight explains why China’s property mess is Australia’s problem. Hint: iron ore.
    https://www.smh.com.au/business/markets/why-china-s-property-mess-is-australia-s-problem-20210921-p58tk4.html
    Writing about Victoria’s road map, Julie Szego says the inoculated sensible cannot be made hostage to the wilfully unprotected – but there will be a cost.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/road-map-leads-us-to-stark-choices-20210921-p58tfl.html
    The SMAge tells us about the protests in Melbourne yesterday and that the police have said they will use “different tactics” if they happen again today.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/victoria/fury-on-melbourne-s-streets-as-police-change-tactics-and-prepare-for-more-20210921-p58tkg.html
    The far right are capable recruiters and have found fertile ground thanks to COVID, explains research fellow, Josh Roose.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/the-far-right-are-capable-recruiters-and-have-found-fertile-ground-thanks-to-covid-20210921-p58tn7.html
    The editorial in the SMH says that the riots in Victoria could easily spread to NSW. If they do, the government should take firm steps in the interest of community health.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-is-not-immune-from-anti-vax-tensions-rampaging-in-victoria-20210921-p58tkx.html
    According to Rob Harris, National MPs, including former leader Michael McCormack, have taken aim at controversial colleague George Christensen, accusing him of “stirring up” violent mobs at anti-lockdown protests and using his profile as a government MP to validate their behaviour. The man is a fool!
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nationals-explode-over-george-christensen-s-call-to-arrest-police-officers-20210921-p58tj6.html
    Unionists are talking at cross purposes after rolling protests by construction workers over the past few days exposed fault lines in the movement, writes Nick Bonyhady.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/unions-stance-on-vaccine-mandates-clear-as-mud-20210921-p58tky.html
    Here’s a solid contribution from union leader Luke Hilakari on vaccinations.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/unions-support-vaccination-to-keep-workers-safe-20210921-p58til.html
    The government shutdown of Victoria’s construction industry has prompted one of the largest protests staged in Australia since the start of the pandemic, with frustrated labourers, libertarian activists and anti-vaxxers occupying Melbourne’s streets and clashing intermittently with riot police. The Age says that it has given opportunity for others to vent their anger at Melbourne’s protracted lockdown.
    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/construction-shutdown-sparks-huge-protest-as-fault-lines-exposed-20210921-p58tkw.html
    New South Wales is turning to other states and overseas to recruit nurses to help cope with the predicted peak in Covid cases requiring hospitalisation next month, with some regional hospitals offering generous travel and pay incentives, reveals Elias Visontay.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/22/nsw-recruiting-nurses-from-interstate-and-overseas-to-cope-with-rising-covid-cases-in-hospitals
    Privately practising nurse practitioners offer the best solution for vaccinated marginalised populations, but they have been excluded from access to Commonwealth emergency pandemic vaccines, complains Mary Chiarella.
    https://johnmenadue.com/how-nurse-practitioners-have-been-shut-out-of-the-vaccine-rollout/
    The Guadian has approached Sydney’s health workers on whether or not the system is coping under Covid. The workers complain of a lack of staff and have blunt messages for the NSW premier and Prime Minister.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/21/we-are-absolutely-in-crisis-sydneys-health-workers-on-whether-the-system-is-coping-under-covid
    Here’s what happens when you’re hospitalised with COVID, explain these health professionals for The Conversation. Very interesting.
    https://theconversation.com/heres-what-happens-when-youre-hospitalised-with-covid-167544
    Scott Morrison and the Liberal Government are heading Australia towards a Handmaid’s Tale scenario in terms of women’s rights, writes Labor MP Graham Perrett.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/morrison-government-setting-australia-backward-in-womens-rights,15541
    For months, markets shrugged off signs that giant Chinese property developer Evergrande was in distress. But some believe they’re ignoring another huge risk, writes Karen Maley who points to the acrimonious stoush in Washington over the debt ceiling – the maximum amount the US government is allowed to borrow.
    https://www.afr.com/companies/financial-services/the-other-big-risk-markets-are-underestimating-20210919-p58sw5
    The high fashion house which counts Cartier and Piaget among its brands took JobKeeper, enjoyed a sterling rise in profits and gave local executives a pay rise while their Luxembourg parent, Richemont, helped itself to a large dividend, explains Michael West.
    https://www.michaelwest.com.au/jadore-josh-not-just-gucci-and-louis-vuitton-cartier-and-burberry-got-jobkeeper-too/
    Peter Dutton intends to take the stand in his defamation trial against a refugee activist scheduled to begin next month.
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/21/peter-dutton-to-be-sole-witness-in-defamation-case-against-refugee-activist
    A nephew of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has narrowly avoided jail after carrying out illegal and defective building work for multiple clients in an apparent bid to fuel a cocaine habit.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/prime-minister-s-nephew-on-the-cusp-of-jail-fined-26k-over-building-offences-20210921-p58tfm.html
    Epik long has been the favourite Internet company of the far-right, providing domain services to QAnon theorists, Proud Boys and other instigators of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol – allowing them to broadcast hateful messages from behind a veil of anonymity. But that veil abruptly vanished last week when a huge breach by the hacker group Anonymous dumped into public view more than 150 gigabytes of previously private data – including user names, passwords and other identifying information of Epik’s customers.
    https://www.theage.com.au/world/north-america/huge-hack-reveals-embarrassing-details-of-proud-boys-qanon-and-other-hate-groups-20210922-p58tnu.html

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    • The only difference now to the 18th century is Australia is a vassal state of two empires – the all but dead British Empire and the collapsing US Empire.

      We should be forging strong ties with our Pacific neighbours, especially China, not antagonising them by strengthening alliances with dead or dying aged empires.

  18. Funny though that is, it’s no joking matter when innocent women are caught up in the mob and petrified by the actions of these loons.

    • Izabella is only a “journalist” for The Today Show so basic requirements like literacy and good spelling are not required. All that is necessary is the ability to bag Labor, especially Dan, and ask gotchas.

  19. Love the story about Scovid’s nephew! And from a devoutly Christianist family too!

    Also love this headline from the trashy Daily Mail –
    ScoMo’s dodgy tradie nephew narrowly avoids jail for ripping off his clients to fund his ‘cocaine habit’
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10011967/ScoMos-dodgy-tradie-nephew-narrowly-avoids-jail-ripping-clients-fund-cocaine-habit.html

    Did he escape serious gaol time because of his connection to Scovid? You’d think three prosecutions for the same offence and his second conviction would have ensured this drug-addled pest was incarcerated, but no, he was let off – again – with a substantial fine ($26,000), an order to pay $31,200 in compensation and 200 hours of community service.

  20. Bridget is not getting her desired reaction to this tweet. Not one word of praise.

  21. All is quiet on the earthquake front here, no damage, only a packet of chips came off the shelf at the general store, of course it is the only conversation being had, everyone pleased to have a distraction, I think.

  22. Scovid is looking more and more like a pariah when it comes to emissions.

    China delivers “killer blow” to coal as Morrison courts Joe Biden

    China has delivered what is being described as a “killer blow” to the Australian export thermal coal industry after vowing to stop finance of new coal plants beyond its borders.

    Addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Chinese president Xi Jinping delivered a short, sharp statement that could spell the end to an expansion of the world’s coal fired generation capacity – the very basis of Australia’s massive investment in coal mining infrastructure.

    “China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low carbon energy and will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad,” Xi Jinping said in translated remarks

    https://reneweconomy.com.au/china-delivers-killer-blow-to-coal-as-morrison-courts-joe-biden/

    All Scovid can do is blather about a new “plan”. That’s all he has – announcement after announcement with nothing ever achieved.

  23. Andrew Barr has questioned the need for a federal bill protecting national cabinet secrecy and accused the prime minister’s office of extensive briefing of media about its deliberations.

    On Wednesday the Australian Capital Territory chief minister described the bill as “possibly a solution looking for a problem” and said Scott Morrison’s office appears to brief media “ahead of every meeting”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/sep/22/act-accuses-scott-morrisons-office-of-extensive-media-backgrounding-on-national-cabinet

    He certainly did. Our Chief Minister is holding back less and less, in his press conferences (11:45 every day on the dot), on his opinion of what the Morrison government is up to.

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