Tough times for the Murdochs

John Richardson writes: Re. “Crikey says: News is that Ten needs probing” (yesterday). Lachlan Murdoch must surely be quaking in his boots in the wake of Crikey‘s clarion call for corporate regulators to poke around in Murdoch “plaything” Channel Ten. Given the extraordinary record of governments of all persuasions in this country in fearlessly protecting the interests of our liberal democracy by relentlessly pursuing the development of media independence and diversity at every opportunity, Murdoch must be panic-stricken at the prospect of having to endure the kind of government persecution that made life so tough for the likes of his poor, misunderstood dad.

It’s the size that counts

Barry Welch writes: Re. “Gonski’s education revolution demolished in a weekend” (yesterday). Dean Ashenden’s view that maximum class size is a problem reminds me of failed US presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s position that class sizes aren’t important for student achievement. Romney sent his own children to a private school with class sizes of 12 students. It is the same old story: class size isn’t important — except for my kid.

An inevitable Labor loss?

Keith Bedford writes: Your writers are as ready to forecast many months in advance of the demise of the Labour Party. They appear as ready to do this as the rest of the  media including the ABC. How they can do this I cannot understand. The polls all are generally from a known sample by the Murdoch Press or others and they certainly do not sample enough to have any reliability.

A week is a long time in politics. Tell me why I should renew my subscription if your publication reads like The Courier-Mail?

Creepy and kooky in Toorak

James Smith writes: Re. “Wilders from the inside, where mouths are ‘more dangerous than guns” (February 20). As a Melburnian,we have many quirky private clubs and people that are interesting, to say the least, and it’s OK. Geert Wilders visit has exposed me to the Q Society and a Toorak set that I didn’t know existed. Luckily humanism and decency prevails and like The Addams Family, that’s kooky and creepy, but they make up the social fabric that’s part of this great city. I will never view Toorak the same way as I did before!