Michael Pascoe, associate editor of Eureka Report, writes:
There’s a great unifying force at work in Sin City, crossing political
barriers, football code barriers, skinny soy latte vs macchiato
barriers, bringing out the latent revolutionary in us all. Yes, the
cross-eyed tunnel has achieved something. Among the contributions, Paul Sheehan has another go in the SMH today, correctly acknowledging the bigger picture of privatisation with the “ghost tunnel” just its latest manifestation, but Miranda Divine‘s effort in the Sun Herald
yesterday was perhaps the most surprising. Not everyone’s idea of a
typical pinko, Miranda has turned revolutionary, calling for the masses
to arise and march on Macquarie Street bearing pikes in search of
heads. Well, maybe not quite that, but the closet socialist wants
lethargic Sydney to boycott the tunnel and send the operators broke so
that the State Government can buy it from the liquidators “for a song.”
I feel a verse of the Red Flag coming on.
The only ads more regularly run in Fairfax recently than the plugs for
Peter Fitzsimmons’ rugby tour of France and England have been those for
Financial Review sub-editors. And then this from page 18 of
Saturday’s edition: “As you lower tariffs you would expect the least
competitive bits of the industry to go – they are parts of the
components industry and they are going,” says Allen Consulting director
Dr David Charles. “But in fact we are a long way from being rooned.”
Good to see Hanrahan picked up a gig.
Sun Herald or Sun Harvey?: One must think the best of people, so let’s assume the folks who put out the Sun Herald
are totally uninformed about those computer-internet-thingies, let
alone such radical concepts as making phone calls using a computer.
Otherwise the following two paragraphs at the top of page 13 yesterday
would look like a particularly pathetic advertorial plug for Harvey
Thousands of Australians are expected to get their first
taste of cheap, over-the-internet phone calls over the next two months
as part of a push by a major retailer.
Harvey Norman is offering
computer buyers the chance to sample broadband internet connection free
for two months. As part of the deal, being offered in 4.5 million
catalogues today, computer users will be able to make internet phone
calls using VoIP technology.
Obviously no-one at the Sun-Herald
has heard of Skype and its many competitors. Or maybe such copy just
naturally fits in with the usual ads for the miraculous healing powers
of vinegar and get-rich-easy seminars.
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