In Austria on Sunday, the left marched the faithful to the polls and secured victory in the re-run presidential election for Alexander Van der Bellen, the former Green leader. In Italy, things didn't quite so well for Matteo Renzi (above), who has now resigned after the failure of his referendum to change the Italian constitution. First Brexit, then Trump and now, well, what next?
Quadrant's John O'Sullivan, writing in National Review, offers his analysis. A sample:
...next year we will have – in addition to the French presidential elections — a Dutch election in which the populist party of Geert Wilders (who is currently on trial for demanding fewer Moroccan immigrants in Holland) may end up as the largest single group in parliament, and a German election in which Angela Merkel will seek a fourth mandate in a contest in which, for the first time, a populist anti-migrant party, the AFD, may win a serious number of votes and seats and deprive the conservative Christian Democrats of office even in a coalition, as now.. Something big is clearly going on.
The essay can be read in full via the link below.
Australians are not being told the truth about the proposal for constitutional recognition of indigenous people. The goal of Aboriginal political activists today is to gain ‘sovereignty’ and create a black state, equivalent to the existing states. Its territory, comprising all land defined as native title, will soon amount to more than 60 per cent of the whole Australian continent. Constitutional recognition, if passed, would be its ‘launching pad’.
As Quadrant's Keith Windschuttle details in The Break-Up of Australia, recognition will not make our nation complete -- it will divide us permanently.
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Thoughtfully, my local council has installed plastic-bag dispensers every few hundred metres beside the walking track that runs along the foreshore near Quadrant's Melbourne office. They are for dog owners, who mostly do as bid and pick up their pets' scat. But strolling by the sea with a bag of warm droppings in hand is too much of an imposition on some, who slyly abandon their noxious loads before reaching the nearest municipal rubbish bin. When you spot a heavily ballasted black plastic bag ruffling in the wind beside a bench, abandoned atop the seawall or tucked into the branches of one of the juvenile Norfolk Island pines the council has planted, there is no need to peek inside in order to know its contents. Just like the Age newspaper, in fact.
In checking the Fairfax organ's website this morning, just to see if the Age had turned its no-animal-products vegan shoes toward the ceiling and finally gone out of business during the night, my computer screen filled immediately with the reeking mess of its homepage. Mercifully, there was none of Paul "Trump is Toast" McGeough's error-prone pedantry on offer, but there was an entry from one of the Washington Post's solons whose themes the hairy-chested correspondent regurgitates under his own byline. That would be Paul Waldman, who implores the world to "stop pretending that Trump's campaign was anything but a con". He writes:
You may remember Trump's closing ad of the campaign, in which he said, "Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you, the American people" over images of Wall Street, piles of money, financiers like George Soros, and other symbols of established power and wealth.
Now the reference to Soros is interesting, not least because the mention of the international left's sugar daddy, its very own Auric Goldfinger, would appear to violate the Fairfax Code of Ethics in neglecting to mention that Waldman was one of the billionaire's kept creatures for five years. According to the ailing publisher's code of conduct, freelancers and contributors "shall declare to the Herald all relevant circumstances under which a story has been written or edited or any other conflicts which should be disclosed." (emphasis added).
In that light, Waldman's former position as a senior fellow at the Soros-funded Media Matters for America from 2004 to 2009 would seem worth disclosing. Indeed, Soros funds more than that, as several of Media Matters' seven-figure donors and patrons are organisations also funded by Soros. For example, Soros tipped $11 million-plus into the far-left Tides Foundation, which in turn dropped around $4 million into Media Matters' coffers. This was in addition to the $1.1 million Soros's eponymous foundation contributed in its own name. A further Soros link: Waldman is "senior writer" for American Prospect, another recipient of Soros's largesse.
Few now read the Age, just as no one with better than half a measure of wit looks inside those black plastic sacks. No wonder, really.
A comprehensive list of Soros-funded groups, lobbies, urgers and agents can be found via the link below.
-- roger franklin