Victoria Collins writes:
According to the best lip-reader there is in Britain,
Materazzi called the Algerian emigre’ Zidane ‘a son of a terrorist whore’. Not
nice but then you would have thought that he’d have been sledged along those
lines plenty of times before and so would have just turned a deaf ear to it in
the last 10 minutes of extra time in the World Cup Final. My bet’s on the fact
that it also seems as though Materazzi pinched him on the derriere and this was
the straw that broke a fiercely proud Frenchman’s self-control into
uncontrollable little bits.

Herron writes:
Am I the only
person who thinks the dredging up now of Howard to Costello promise story is a
beat up by Fairfax and News Corp to show their displeasure at and flex their
muscles over the proposed new cross media ownership laws

Joanna Mendelssohn writes: There is something nagglingly
familiar about the way that John Howard is constantly energised
by the travails of those who oppose him. He is like The Old Man of The
Sea from the fifth Voyage of Sinbad.
If the country wants to be rid of him, we have to find a way of getting
him dead drunk, otherwise he will be prime minister into eternity.

Geoff Tapp writes: Poor little Peter…the more that he says about the
latest spat only serves to make him sound (and, also look!) to me like Major
Frank Burns – another sad spoilt loser – from the M.A.S.H TV
series. Is to be hoped Johnny’s loyalty will be for ever to
the Australian team and not to one petulant player – regardless of who said what
to whom and what was meant and what was perceived.

Matt Lippiatt writes:
At the risk of indulging in hubris, I thought it might be amusing to look up the urban dictionary definition of
the word. According to one contributor, hubris is “When a person,
who is usually bad looking, obese, and dumb, thinks that they have
qualities that no other person possesses, and that they should be the
center of the world.” No wonder the Prime Minister is so keen to avoid

Andrew Brown writes: Whilst I don’t know any league fans
who wouldn’t welcome a reduction in beer prices at most stadia, it’s reasonable
to take issue with his points on food and admission (yesterday, item 28). Given the time NRL games
are on, there are usually plenty of alternatives to paying $13 stadium prices
for a sugar coated package full of cholesterol. As to admission prices, why
doesn’t Jeff go to England
and watch third tier (League 1) football at $44 (18 quid) a ticket to see the
mighty Scunthorpe United. A top seat at Aussie Stadium is still only $25 (and
decent family concessions) to see the best league players in the world – even if
they don’t seem to be wearing the Tricolours this year…

Alan Morison writes: I see it, but I don’t believe it. Almost the entire issue of Crikey today (12 July)
leans to the right.

Ros Toby writes:
What a load of bollocks, this so called
analysis of the situation between JH & PC is, its perfectly obvious
that Peter Costello does not seem to know or realize that the main
reason the Libs are in is because many people like John Howard, &
obviously he seems oblivious to the fact that if he were to replace JH
it would probably end up giving Labour the advantage, Labour are well
aware of it & will be only too happy to promote whatever
misinterpretations they can, & do. Peter Costello might be good at
crunching numbers, but he seems to have got an out of proportion idea
of his popularity in the scheme of things. Even if John Howard did want
to quit, it would not automatically mean that Peter Costello would
become Prime Minister, leader of the opposition maybe, if he even
managed to get selected by the party in the first place, which is also
unlikely now. Who would want to have someone who went about things like
that, which are clearly not in the interest of the party.

Carol Nichols writes:
Just got my post-graduate uni results
and was rapt with an 86% result for an assignment which relied heavily
on the knowledge and experience gleaned from Christian
Kerr. Through reading his daily offerings and conducting a short
interview with Christian about politics and public relations, not only
am I more aware of what’s going on, I’m also more convinced that Crikey
is the place to go for the ‘real news’. Thanks for generously
giving up your time Christian!

Peter Fray

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