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Apr 4, 2018

Miranda Devine is trying to make ‘cuckservative’ a thing in Australia

A debate about whether Australia needs a new Trump is just another platform for Miranda Devine to push her new alt-right vocabulary.

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

I used to think that the worst part of attending an event run by the Mad Right was the need for strong liquor. But now that I know about Cambridge Analytica, whisky will not suffice. Thanks to hearing Miranda Devine use the alt-right term “cuckservatives” last night, my Facebook feed will likely now feature gun-toting bikies and tattoo ads.

Miranda was speaking at a debate entitled “Do We Need a Trump?” organised by a fringe Liberal Party group called the Menzies Research Centre, whose executive director is one of the those ubiquitous transplanted poms/News Ltd columnists/Sky News ranters we seem to attract: Nick Cater. Miranda and Daily Telegraph opinion editor James Morrow were arguing for the affirmative, with journalist and foreign policy analyst Tom Switzer and PR Parnell McGuinness (daughter of Paddy) for the negative.

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  1. Dog's Breakfast

    “What Australia needs is a leader who cares about “faith, flag and family and the dignity of every human life,” she declared.”

    That is exactly the political correctness of today, the McCarthyist right wing conservative dogma of old values, espoused entirely by those why constantly cry ‘political correctness’. A greater bunch of hypocrites you will not find.

    1. zut alors

      “….faith, flag and family and the dignity of every human life…”

      Apparently when Donald Trump (allegedly) invited Stormy Daniels to his hotel room in 2006 it was to discuss the above-mentioned four subjects.
      Whadda guy.

      Some amusing observations in this piece, Margot. Actually, I also invoke John Howard’s name ‘in hushed tones’ but for quite different reasons.

      1. Rais

        Is “through clenched teeth” the same as “in hushed tones?”

        1. Mike Smith

          With bruxistic fervour.

    2. Margot Saville

      thanks for your comment

  2. Dog's Breakfast

    “What Australia needs is a leader who cares about “faith, flag and family and the dignity of every human life,” she declared.”

    That is exactly the political correctness of today, the McCarthyist right wing conservative dogma of old values, espoused entirely by those why constantly cry ‘political correctness’. A greater bunch of hypocrites you will not find.

    1. Howard

      Yes, it never ceases to amaze me how arch conservatives like Miranda Devine, who’s predecessors in 1950’s America strongly supported McCarthyism, now claim to be victims of the same type of repression they once endorsed. Talk about convoluted, mendacity!

      I’m trying to think of any current conservative who has ever been dragged before an inquisition, imprisoned and had their careers destroyed like progressives, persecuted by conservatives were in the 1950s.

      The likes of Devine, Bolt and Nick Cater seem to be doing quite well to me. If it wasn’t for the Murdochs of this world, these people wouldn’t be given the oxygen they now enjoy. Any positives? Well their target audience seems to be well to do, white, male and elderly, a dying breed, so there’s hope for younger generations.

      1. Margot Saville

        one of the reasons I go to these events is the thrill of being the youngest person in the room

  3. Decorum

    “What Australia needs is a leader who cares about “faith, flag and family and the dignity of every human life,” she declared.” Hang on – I thought you said she was arguing the *affirmative* in “Do We Need a Trump?”

    1. Marcus Hicks

      Yeah, how many kids has he had…..from how many women, that we *know* about?!?!

    2. Margot Saville

      Hahahaha!

  4. Mike Smith

    My usual response if someone throws the cuck insult is to say I’m single. (Interestingly, autocorrect wants to change cuck to the f bomb)

    1. Margot Saville

      Autocorrect keeps changing the f word in my phone to “ducking”, which lacks a certain impact

  5. Norm

    What’s wrong with the current Pope? Well, for all the “come from the barrios” bullshit, he’s just another apologist, out to sweep the sins (read heinous crimes) under the rug, to protect the Church’s wealth and privilege.

  6. Andrew Doohan

    The decline in standards of public discourse is of great concern – Australia, like the US, seems to be losing the ability to have a debate about any issue without resorting to the use of labels such as ‘delcon’, ‘cuckservative’, and the like. I would contend that the same goes for the ‘other side’ as well, which very well may have similar labels for their opponents.
    When did we lose the ability to engage with ideas in a rational and logical way? When did we resort to name-calling as a legitimate form of public discourse?

    1. Rais

      Calling people names in politics is a very old practice in English speaking countries Andrew. The less intelligent and less capable commentators will always go that way. Intelligent ones argue their case intelligently and that still happens, perhaps not enough.

    2. Lesley Graham

      I would suggest Andrew that this is an interesting observations, the name calling & the labelling seems to be in my view a form of laziness, which seemed all too common in McCarthy’s era, the hypocrisy & lies were all to common. I wonder if it is where the likes of Devine & the shock jock genre get to be judge & jury. When they label & discard & expect those that they do this too, to like you observed lose careers/their livelihoods due to it, or if they just fall on their swords…..

      1. Howard

        I didn’t notice Andrew make such an observation Lesley. Are you responding to the appropriate post?

    3. Margot Saville

      that’s a very big issue. I wish I had some solutions to that one..

  7. Itsarort

    What makes Australia great is that most of us never actually cared about being that great. Which is why our national anthem brings a smile to our face rather than an over-reaching sense of patriotism, and why our flag is half someone elses. We actually don’t give a shit…(maybe).

    1. Lesley Graham

      Itsarort I love your observation, it sums everything up with an economic use of words.. Which also says a lot about the Australian nature…

  8. mikeb

    “Mentioning the Pope caused loud booing from the audience. I’m an atheist but even I find that offensive, what’s wrong with the current Pope?”

    What’s wrong? I suspect to this bunch of bottom dwellers the current pope is a bit too interested in social issues and equality. If Devine and her corpse grinders were back in Galilee AD30 then they would be the ones Jesus swept from the temple.

    1. Margot Saville

      Not that I’m an expert on the church, but the new Pope actually seems like someone with old-style Christian values

  9. AR

    I wonder how that roll call from the rightwing rougues gallery could be other than in furious agreement?
    When Tom Sweaty is deemed the non rabid rightwinger it is only meet that his partner should be McGuiness fille, considering where, back in prehistoric times, he started.

    1. Margot Saville

      I knew Paddy when I was a lowly cadet and he was a lovely person, very generous with his time to us nobodies…

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