How the west was lost

Richard Cullen writes: Re. “Rundle: among the fibros and McMansions, Blacktown’s diverse voice” (yesterday). A highly readable, stir-fried perspective. But did Rundle not see that big sign in the Immigration Hall at Sydney Airport as he arrived?

WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA

RUSSIAN SERVICE AT SWISS PRICES

NO ONE DOES IT BETTER

Or have they taken it down?

Les Heimann writes: What a great article! I often disagree with Guy Rundle, but boy can he write up a storm. Spot on about the polyglot lot that makes up western Sydney. When are you going to Lakemba?

West and south-west Sydney is exactly not the vision Xavier Herbert had when he wrote about Australia Felix. These areas fester; in my view they are verging on ungovernable. The people now populating these areas will not be loyal to any political party and, while they can be sometimes bribed to vote in a particular direction this will last no more than a fleeting moment.

This area is the worst example of multiculturalism. Rundle is spot on despairing as he does. Why do we allow such a mess to grow? Surely we should consider approaches that are based on inclusion and binding our populace.

Teach everyone English, provide more incentive to assimilation. This is Australia, not some wild outpost on Mars.

Alastair Grieve writes: I used to think Rundle’s stuff was pretty good, but after this effort I’m struggling to think of anything about his position that isn’t just plain snobbish. So here’s a tip — don’t imagine that your global outlook gives you any particular insight into how real people live in Sydney.

Your disgracefully elitist view about where Sydney starts and finishes does you and Crikey no credit at all.

Hoping that it is just the jetlag.

Have a nice day!

Jeff Woodhart writes: Guy Rundle’s piece on Blacktown was something you would find in the SMH, which thinks Sydney ends at the Gladesville bridge.

I like in the Hills and am not a God freak.

Blacktown maybe ugly, but hey it’s Sydney multiculturalism. I am a fan of Crikey, but pull your head in.

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