John Saffron made an interesting observation about the attire of the crown in front of him during the broadcast of Triple J’s Hottest 100 Countdown — something about the flag-capes being one thing, but the “love it or leave it” t-shirts being a little creepy.
Now, I love Australia. I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I’ve had since my family moved here when I was four. So I have nothing to fear from the wearers of those t-shirts. But the flags have been totally pissing me off.
And as a friend of mine pointed out this morning, all the Aussie flags on the cars about town are rather reminiscent of the old General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard that was painted with the Confederate flag: “because we all know that celebrating American slavery’s courageous last stand is a grand idea. ”
Similarly, idolising the flag that symbolises nothing much other than colonisation in honour of the day a bunch of Europe’s least-wanted were planted here, seems kinda lame to me.
It was only tongue-in-cheek when I asked if The West was giving the little car-flags away, but, as it turned out, people actually had to make the effort to cut out the voucher from the paper and pay $2 each for the things.
Which were probably made in the same factory as the Toohey’s New bucket hats the boys picked up at the bottle-shop yesterday.
I really think it’s time for a new flag and, honestly, a new Australia Day. But meh, who listens to me?
Update — better posts on the subject with like, Actual Arguments(™) and stuff:
To comment on news that I was pretty sure broke a month ago (because I totally thought I saw WAN celebrating it on the rooftop of my gym lifestyle club before Christmas… or was that just an [un]fortunately-timed End Of Year Party?): HURRAH!!!
The state of Western Australia is a better place now that Paul Armstrong is no longer at the helm of The West Australian “newspaper”.
But I guess the whole late-scoop thing is fitting to [dis]honour the journalistic “standards” of every sandgroper’s fave fish’n’chip wrapper.
Margaret Simons (have I mentioned my epic blogger-crush on her yet?) mentions the “lack of surprise” and “why-did-Stoksie-wait-a-month” elements of the story in the lead story of today’s Crikey email as well as discussing that old-school ideal of newspaper editors as “the sort of people who kindled fire in the bellies of their staff, and who helped set the agenda of a city or a nation”.
The late Lasantha Wickrematunge of Sri Lanka’s Sunday Leader was in that category. Paul Armstrong was probably in the “arrogant, inept, biased, douche-bag” category. But all that is over now. Thank heavens.
The only disappointing thing about this whole chapter has been ABC News’ failure to properly quote Journalists Union President David Cohen on the only adequate description of the ex-ed: that he was a “F***ing Outrage”.