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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Abbott should attack Labor on health

Talk about what he knows. Tony Abbott’s strong suit when it comes to political bridge is surely health, yet he remains strangely on the subject he handled so skilfully as a minister. Yet another example today of how Labor’s attempt to remove  hospitals as a political issue has failed.

This is surely an area that will do the Gillard government more damage than questions of her long passed dealings as a solicitor.

Already suffering from hits to the head. Perhaps those rugby league players objecting recently to the banning of shoulder charge tackles have already had too many, for the evidence keeps mounting linking head hints to brain injury. The latest comes in the form of the December issue of Neurosurgical Focus which is dedicated to Concussion: Pathophysiology & Sequelae.

The guest editors selected 11 articles focusing on methods of diagnosing concussion and evaluating its consequences, structural and functional changes that can occur in the brain following concussion, and changing attitudes and legislation concerning sports that traditionally carry risks of brain injury. It is quite a frightening read for lovers of the bash and bang games.

No room on the mountain so … The French government has acted to ban visitors to a mountain in the French Pyrenees that doomsday cultists claim will be the only place still standing after the end of the world on December 21. To avoid pandemonium on the Pic de Bugarach anyone landing in a light aircraft will be arrested and gatherings of any kind will not be allowed. To compensate my readers thus deprived of salvation on the day of doom as predicted apparently by the Mayan calendar, the best I can offer is this version of a similar event originally performed in Beyond the Fringe:

Practical advice for the festive season. Seven ways to open a wine bottle that has a  cork without using a corkscrew:

Bring forth a King Richard. I’m quite sure the early markets have got it all wrong. Surely John does not deserve to top the list on the Crikey Royal Baby Name Selection Indicator but there it is this morning along with Victoria and George. Bring back Britain’s lion-hearted tradition is what I say.

News and views noted al0ng the way.

  • 1
    drovers cat
    Posted Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Re ‘Talk about what he knows’ item.
    Not sure where you’re coming from on this, Richard.
    every hospital cut (and there are lots) is being sheeted home to the Newman Government’s bastardry, given it said in the election campaign no so-called frontline jobs would go.
    After a mere six months of a landslide win, Newman’s ratbags are disliked by more than 50% of the population.
    No wonder Abbott’s saying nothing.

  • 2
    Tony Ward
    Posted Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Interesting stats on the Royal kid - a few gremlins crept in here! Apart from the six names from Phillipa to Frederick appearing twice (bottom of first column, top of second), the % total comes to 288% which is an impressive figure. Do the usual rules of maths not apply to the House of Windsor? Better proofing please Crikey!

  • 3
    Bill Hilliger
    Posted Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Richard Farmer - missing a word and a meaning in your article: yet he remains strangely …silent… on the subject he handled so skilfully as a minister. Will do the Gillard government more damage than questions of her long …passed… or past? …dealings as a solicitor.

  • 4
    Richard Farmer
    Posted Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for spotting that. Used the wrong column myself so cannot blame a sub. Now corrected.