Say it loud - I'm elitist and proud

Friday, June 28, 2002

IN THE next few days, my wife and I are expecting our first child. Neither of us has had children before. We are both 40.

We didn't 'wait to have children' - it was just that before we met (five years ago) we hadn't met anyone else we wanted to have children WITH. An important requirement for both of us.

Despite what this woman says, it wasn't because of feminism.

We have no regrets - but it would have been nice if Katie's brother had introduced us about five years earlier!

Thursday, June 27, 2002

WHY I AM A TISMAHOLIC. Those fun-loving yet prescient lads from Melbourne, This Is Serious Mum (TISM) several years ago came up with a solution to Middle East turmoil and described a typical day in Australia's parliament.

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

AT LAST - a critic of privatisation/deregulation who actually mounts some convincing, well-written arguments. John Quiggin, Australian Research Council Senior Fellow, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Australian National University, has entered Blogistan. He is a frequent contributor to the Australian Financial Review, and argues here that the recent sale of Sydney Airport isn't all it's cracked up to be. And here's his take on Enron.

Sunday, June 23, 2002

THOUSANDS OF Iraqi children are dying every month as a result of sanctions, right? Er, not quite, says John Sweeney in The Observer:

Small coffins, decorated with grisly photographs of dead babies and their ages - 'three days', 'four days', written usefully for the English-speaking media - are paraded through the streets of Baghdad on the roofs of taxis, the procession led by a throng of official mourners.

There is only one problem. Because there are not enough dead babies around, the regime prevents parents from burying infants immediately, in the Muslim tradition, to create more powerful propaganda.

Sweeney's report will be on BBC2's Correspondent program tonight.

While Sweeney was in northern Iraq, 'the chairman of the Great Britain Iraq Society, Labour MP George Galloway, was in Baghdad. He popped up on Iraqi TV, saying "when I hear the word Iraq I hear someone calling my name".'

Now I understand what John Malkovich was on about.