Brian Pymont writes:

Yet again, David Flint rabbits on about the G-G being our Head
of State and selectively quotes the Constitution to support his
pedantry. Well, let’s try this one on the good professor: Chapter 1,
Part 1, Paragraph 1 of the Constitution – the very opening words of
said document – goes like this:

The legislative power of the Commonwealth shall
be vested in a federal Parliament, which shall consist of the Queen, a
Senate, and a House of Representatives, and which is herein-after
called “The Parliament,” or “The Parliament of the Commonwealth.”

Let him explain that away.

Kathleen Hughes writes:

I thought that once dear Stephen was no longer banging out his
wildy unregulated prose I would be able to stop nitpicking about the
standard of Crikey’s language; I wasn’t being unrealistic, I was hoping
the level of prose might be… well, not ‘high’, you wouldn’t expect
it… but possibly nudging into ‘mediocre’ territory. (You know, so
that groaning about the errors doesn’t become the main focus for the
reader so that they miss the point of the material? I’m sure that they
must have mentioned something like that in Non-Fiction 101 at
Journalism school).

Look, once and for all, there’s no such word
in modern English as ‘publically’. It’s ‘publicly’ OK? It
beats me why everybody under 40 buggers it up, because it seems the
same people sure as hell don’t have any problem with rendering ‘
accidentally’ as ‘ accidently’ .(Hint, the first is right, the
second is wrong, and don’t get me started on ‘affect’ and
‘effect’ ). And, (is it deliberate, are you just trying to annoy me?)
it’s not ‘juggernaught’ (which renders the word linguistically
void and neutered) but ‘juggernaut’.

And a Crikey subscriber writes:

If the Fin
were to drop its Friday Review section, it would indeed be a shame. It
is the most consistently substantial section in the paper – not always
easy reading, but that, of course, is the point. It exposes readers to
new ideas and new ways of looking at the world, and is never less than
thought provoking. The lack of ads and pictures adds to its gravitas.

do not know who edits the section at the moment (I’ve thrown out last
Friday’s edition), but if it’s still Hugh Lamberton then the section
has an editor of culture and refinement and intelligence uncommon in
journalistic circles (or perhaps just uncommon at the top of the AFR). But I guess they’re trying to squeeze every last cent of revenue from the publication, so the AFR‘s
editor and publisher might consider that the ad-less eight page (or
however many pages it happens to be week-to-week) section isn’t pulling
its weight. Financially they might be right, but intellectually they’re
missing the point.

Peter Fray

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