There have been quite a few enquiries about this as a poster… here it is
Unbelievably good. Can you run the joint for a bit please.
A worthy successor to Leunig.
“let them all come and ruin our way of life
let them overrun our greed and our sorrow”
Well said. Thank you FirstDog.
Many and sharp the num’rous ills
Inwoven with our frame
More pointed still we make ourselves
Regret, remorse, and shame
And man, whose heav’n-erected face
The smiles of love adorn,
Man’s inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn
- Robert Burns
There’s some wonderful stuff in this “Lament of the Boat People”, well done FD.
Keyboard awash today FD.
But it’s not from tears of laughter.
One of your finest on a truly sad day.
Verses that hurt…
This is why we luv ya, Firsty.
If I ever wondered if my subscription to Crikey was worth it, I don’t after reading this.
Let them board in our home and give the boarders security.
And a nice hot breakfast in the morning.
touchy, touchy, bahamagirl - is that where you’re from? and you arrived here … when?
Dear, sweet First Dog always knows what to say.
PS hey Drovers Cat, re-read what she said — used to wonder if subscription worth it, now knows it is worth it. Not difficult to understand, really.
Sorry B-girl, Kez, 1.2m apols - need more time and better glasses. No bikkies for me tonight …
Yeah, Mr Beecher, I just re-subscribed too. Thank Dog.
DROVERS CAT: Do you think BAHAMAGIRL meant it as sort of I used to wonder if it was worth it but that after reading Mr On the Moon’s moving tribute, I know it was worth it. I’ve ceased worrying.
Like you I was stunned by her remark, then I looked at it the other way. Just a suggestion.
Ditto to all the above. You’re more eloquent than I.
EMC: Do I detect a touch of a ductile magnetic metallic element in your comment? It’s all right I won’t say a thing.
KEZ: Looks like we had the same idea. If I’d read the comments first before writing I would have acknowledged it. Sorry
We need to figure out a better system, one that doesn’t involve people drowning by the dozen, or at all. I don’t have a terribly good idea what that would look like though, but perhaps more Libya/Arab Spring revolutions and fewer Iraq/Afganistan never-ending war situations would lead to fewer long-term refugee problems.
At least one dog in the press doesn’t call them illegals. Good onya FD
I hope FD gets a cut rom all the subscriptions he apparently fosters.
let them ruin our life, as we ruined the lives of those here before us.
Umm… I love you, First Dog. What a wonderful piece to share with the world.
Thank you, Kez. This is why I seldom make comments since it seems to be far too easy to misunderstand what people mean. Anyway, I’m sorry that this has distracted people from FD’s
BAHAMAGIRL: I said he/she had misread your comment too.
My ancestors came here by boat. They were considered by the owners to be illegals too. Some still do. The people that brought my ancestors here considered them undesirable enough to pi*s them off 12,000 miles away - for free! FMD who are we to not let them all come; they are family.
All we need is a bloody big wall right round the joint with barbed wire, machine gun towers and a shoot to kill policy. Or failing that a mob of raving polemicists in the mass media who can do the same thing to our hearts.
Beautiful. Make it a poster and I’ll buy it. I’m going to print it out and stick it up on my wall anyway tomorrow.
A cartoon of great beauty and spirit, things absent from the souls of most of our parlementarians and most of our media.
Watching the evening news, as they spray hate and intolerance across the airwaves.
I’m reminded of another set of words.
Words from a kinder, gentler polity.
Words that are far closer to those of our dearly beloved dog.
We have a great objective – the light on the hill – which we aim to reach by working the betterment of mankind not only here but anywhere we may give a helping hand. If it were not for that, the Labour movement would not be worth fighting for. Ben Chiefly. 1949
Damn, I knew this would hurt today. Thank you FD.
An apt follow on to this morning’s article.
Amen Paddy Amen.
Best FD ever.
Yes poster versions are available - email me.
Paddy, I’m afraid the true essence of the Labour movement has been history for some time. I keep hoping that from somewhere out of the darkness we will get sensible and humane policy that is brave enough to deliver sensible reform, be robust enough to evolve and improve through bipartisan debate, and …..oh crap, time for another large glass of red
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. The sort of person who becomes a refugee and has the courage to travel thousands of miles to a foreign land is the sort of person who will make a great contribution to Australian society or ensure their children do.
Brilliant piece. But let’s go further. Don’t just let them come, Help them come. Why can’t we provide a reliable (and regular) free ferry service from Indonesia to say, Darwin. That would avoid further tragedy from sinking boats, disrupt the activities of those so-called nasty ‘people smugglers’ and enshrine forever our international reputation as compassionate. No need for any border policy at all.
Loving the stranger among you.
“So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.”
“But the stranger that dwells with you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 19:34
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
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ALFONSE: Interesting post. However, you ignore the fact that it’s politicians you’re talking to. Not human beings.
I’m told that a woman just rang the NSW Greens office to complain that the Greens were making her feel guilty about the deaths of asylum seekers and she didn’t like that.
More strength to your sketching arm, Dog.
Interesting news from CATHS. The Greens usually make people feel guilty about having voted for them. Glad to see they are attracting a broader class of complaint.
Dear First Puppy, you are brilliant. This is wonderful.
PASTOR DON TAYLOR: Do you have to drag your religion into this wonderful First Doganarium? All you do is throw a wet blanket onto a lively site. Or are you just trying to prove that despite being religious you can take a joke with the rest of them?
Edited for poor manners and unchristian attitude.
oh, dog. best ever. xx
FD - that’s goin’ straight to the pool room - on the fridge, in fact* - both at work and at home. Thanks!!
*which I seem to recall Mr Leunig saying was the cartoonist’s equivalent of having one’s work hung in the Louvre…?
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