81 days to Festivus

Nick mentioned to me a while ago that he didn’t like the commercialism* associated with Christmas. I suggested that he celebrate Festivus. So I’m having Festivus this year at my place. 8pm on the day. Let me know if you want to come.

* My characterisation rather than his. I’ll leave it to him to tell you what he really thinks.

Me? I like Christmas. The family, friends, fun part. Not the shopping part.

He wanted to believe

It’s about the “kids overboard” affair.

It’s not about the lies.

And it’s not about what he knew and when he knew it.

It’s about the fact that he believed without hesitation that parents would actually throw their children into the ocean.

That he would want to believe such a thing speaks volumes about his character.

That he didn’t seek any real proof is classic lawyer behaviour. Rely on the ‘advice’ or ‘reports’ that you’ve been given. Don’t ask a question when you don’t already know the answer. Especially when the answer might be one you don’t want to hear. This is not the behaviour of a leader. It’s the behaviour of someone who thinks it is a big game and what’s important is to win the game.

It’s not a game, John. It’s about people’s lives.

Perhaps you should learn the second verse of our national anthem, John.

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil;
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.