Delusion around cost of living:
Kim Gleeson writes: Re. “Cost of living delusion runs deep at the political level” (May 3, item 2) I most strenuously disagree with this analysis. I have lodged similar protest with the ABC News. I do not accept NATSEM analysis, with regards to two to three million pensioner recipients and two to three million low-income earners. That makes up nearly 25-30% of the Australian population. They have been struggling with impact of cost-of-living pressures. With regards to the statement on entitlements, I can’t list the length of expletives I would like to make with regard to such a perception. Entitlements have been going to the rich for the past 20 years.
Don’t even Fink about it:
Holly Brimble writes: Re. “Idiot’s Guide to the Convergence Review: new media” (Friday, item 14) If I have to read Margaret Simons refer to the Finklestein inquiry (or the man himself) as “the Fink” one more time I think I will go crazy (Michael Douglas in Falling Down crazy, at that).
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What is the point of this feigned familiarity? It is just so cringeworthy and ruins otherwise sensible analysis.
Pick up your game Crickey:
Terry Scheikowski writes: “Criteria” are plural (Tips and Rumours, Friday). Always plural. “Plural” means “more than one”. Not like “… a non-negotiable criteria …” er… (sic): or is “sic” too much Latin for you too? Repeat after me: “Criteria are plural. Always.” Unlike “criterion” (um … that would be “singular”, surely a distinction not too taxing for someone who writes English for a living!!!
One can’t “‘Breech’ (“All doled up, nowhere to go: when the cost of living really bites“, Friday, item 13) any one of these conditions …” unless one puts pants on it, or gives birth to it in a peculiarly distressing way, or something like that: what you mean is “breach”. Please don’t tell me it’s unimportant, this sloppiness absolutely ruins the concentration of any reader who is sufficiently educated to know it’s wrong. The day I read “sort” instead of “sought” is the day I cancel my subscription, (and I have been with you since the Mayne days), but it is just too annoyingly distracting, to be honest. You need a competent sub/proofer. You need one real bad. Online is no excuse for seriously poor standards, you’re a writer!