Weary, my lord….

What do you read, my lord?

Hamlet. Words, words, words.

Polonius. What is the matter, my lord?

Hamlet. Between who?

Polonius. I mean, the matter that you read, my lord.

Hamlet. Slanders, sir; for the satirical rogue says here that old men
have grey beards; that their faces are wrinkled; their eyes
purging thick amber and plum-tree gum; and that they have a
plentiful lack of wit, together with most weak hams. All which,
sir, though I most powerfully and potently believe, yet I hold it
not honesty to have it thus set down; for you yourself, sir,
should be old as I am if, like a crab, you could go backward.

Polonius. [aside] Though this be madness, yet there is a method in’t.

There is, I believe, a teachers’ strike today. Rightly or wrongly? Make up your own mind – except that such things do happen and quite often in the past, in my experience, needed to happen. Meanwhile, what the government of the day – whether Labor or Coalition – never tells you is that such a strike saves heaps of tax-payers’ dollars in the form of foregone salary to the striking teachers. Like most politics the whole thing can be seen as rather comical.

Meanwhile this time next year I guarantee we will all be wondering what all the fuss about the carbon tax was really about.


climate science

Courtesy of Loon Pond:

Apparently Senator George Brandis has a completely convincing explanation of why there are no Australian male tennis players moving into the second round at Wimbledon.

It’s the carbon tax.

This also explains why Cadel Evans won’t win the Tour de France, and the London Olympics are going to be a disaster for the down under team.

Already Senator Brandis is assembling a team of experts to consider what has rapidly become known in athletic circles as ‘carbon tax jitters’ or ‘carbon tax anxiety’, which it seems undermines performance by as much as 22% (in much the same way as the $11 price of a packet of mince might well soar by a whole shocking one cent, here).

If you want rare sanity on the issue go – unsurprisingly – to Ross Gittins today. (That well known Lord Monckton groupie Gina Rinehart would hate it.)

WHEN psychologists have studied those sects that predict the end of the world on a certain day, they find the leaders rarely willing to admit they were wrong and their true believers rarely willing to admit they were duped. Rather, the sect members find some dubious rationalisation. It was our prayers, brothers and sisters, that interceded for this wicked world and persuaded the Good Lord to stay his hand.

Since the day Tony Abbott won the leadership of the opposition on the strength of his willingness to switch from supporting to opposing putting a price on carbon, he has been predicting the carbon tax would wreak devastation on the economy, wrecking industries and destroying jobs. To be fair, running scare campaigns against new taxes has always been accepted as a legitimate tactic by our ethically challenged political class. Labor was happy to exploit the fears of the ill-informed in its opportunist opposition to the goods and services tax.

The biggest difference is that Abbott’s misrepresentations have been so much more successful.

But with the carbon tax taking effect from this Sunday, the moment of truth approaches. Soon enough it will become clear that, for consumers and the vast bulk of businesses, the dreaded carbon tax will have an effect much smaller than the GST…

Now that makes sense…