The bombs of Oz journalist Nick Cater are dropping thick and fast everywhere, with an extract -- free this time -- of his book The Lucky Culture in yesterday's Spiked. It is deliciously unironic -- the employee of a family firm that controls 70% of the press and a fair slice of the screen prating on about the absence of privilege in the Lucky Country. Its purpose is purely ideological, but we'll get to that in a bit. First the hilarious parts. Get this:
" ... something particularly refreshing hangs in the egalitarian breeze as soon as you step off the plane [in Australia]. Customs and immigration officers command respect, not because they are wearing uniforms, but because they are earning an honest living, just like the taxi driver you sit next to, not behind."