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More Twisted Than a Corgi’s Bung Leg

As this column is written, it is the first day in seventy years that Queen Elizabeth II has not reigned over her Commonwealth. The Queen’s death was announced early in the morning Australian time, following overnight reports that her family was gathering at Balmoral Castle to be with her in the event of her passing.

Leftists immediately took this opportunity to compete with each other over who could provide the most distasteful response. Greens leader Adam Bandt was quick out of the blocks with his entry.

“Rest In Peace Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with her family and all who loved her,” he began. With that small protective shield of politeness in place, Bandt instantly pivoted to full political mode. These were his next lines: “Now Australia must move forward. We need Treaty with First Nations people, and we need to become a Republic.”

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Along with Malcolm Turnbull, Peter FitzSimons and all the other republicans, Bandt is apparently doing his very best to ensure we never become a republic. Who, after all, would want to be a member of their tone-deaf, ego-driven team?

Online wokens mostly condemned the Queen for representing the wicked forces of colonialism. Bandt’s fellow Green, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, declared: “I cannot mourn the leader of a racist empire built on stolen lives, land and wealth of colonised peoples.”

But the New York Times sought an altogether original angle of attack. It found someone who instead condemned Queen Elizabeth II for decolonising the British Empire.

“The queen,” wrote Harvard University history professor Maya Jasanoff, was “the face of a nation that, during the course of her reign, witnessed the dissolution of nearly the entire British Empire into some 50 independent states and significantly reduced global influence.”

You’d think, from Jasanoff’s leftist perspective, that dissolving the British Empire and reducing its global influence would be a good thing. But no—she then blamed the Queen for violence that occurred in those independent nations.

“By design as much as by the accident of her long life, her presence as head of state and head of the Commonwealth, an association of Britain and its former colonies, put a stolid traditionalist front over decades of violent upheaval,” Jasanoff decided.

“As such, the queen helped obscure a bloody history of decolonization whose proportions and legacies have yet to be adequately acknowledged.”

I know. I can’t work it out either. But first prize in the contest of the damned must go to Carnegie Mellon University professor Uju Anya, whose Twitter contribution was submitted shortly before the announcement of the Queen’s death.

“I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating,” Anya wrote.

Anya then had second thoughts. Being a demented leftist, those thoughts were: “You know, maybe I didn’t go in hard enough.”

So she added this: “That wretched woman and her bloodthirsty throne have f***ed generations of my ancestors on both sides of the family, and she supervised a government that sponsored the genocide my parents and siblings survived.

“May she die in agony.”

Undergraduate tuition at Carnegie Mellon University is, by the way, in the vicinity of $86,000 per year—so you can imagine what a professor there is paid. And what is it that Uju Anya actually teaches?

According to her website, she is a professor and researcher “in applied linguistics, critical sociolinguistics, and critical discourse studies primarily examining race, gender, sexual, and social class identities in new language learning through the experiences of African American students.

“Her other areas of inquiry include applied linguistics as a practice of social justice and translanguaging in world language pedagogy.”

It’s safe to say, then, that Anya’s contribution to global advancement does not quite match that of the Queen. At best, it may be on a similar level to one of Her Majesty’s corgis. The gimpy one with the bung leg.

Immediate responses to significant events are a key indicator of character. Were those above to have taken a few more minutes to consider their statements, they might have opted for words that weren’t quite so hateful or politically opportunistic. They might have taken in the broader sweep of history, and composed something reflective and worthwhile.

Then again, perhaps not. The AFL held a minute’s silence to mark the Queen’s passing at a game held on the evening after her death was announced. After which they thought about it, and cancelled similar displays of respect. As the Herald Sun reported: “The AFL has shelved plans for a minute’s silence to be held for the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the remainder of round three of AFLW.

“The decision was made following consideration of sensitivities related to the fact that the round is AFLW Indigenous Round.”

So gross insensitivity is deployed in the name of sensitivity. And people wonder why I walked away from the AFL earlier in 2022 after fifty years of fandom. That code is woke to the point of toxicity.

Interestingly, some leftist media outlets put aside their concerns about colonialism and such when pondering the reign of King Charles III. “As he takes over from Queen Elizabeth II,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation wrote, “we ask whether King Charles III could be the ‘climate king’ … Charles has been one of the highest-profile global proponents for protecting the planet in recent decades.”

The Sydney Morning Herald chimed in with: “All hail King Charles III, the green monarch.” He’s a climate co-religionist. But the woke ought not get their hopes up. Charles made clear four years ago that as king his days of activism would be over.

“Charles has faced criticism for decades over his campaigning on issues such as GM crops, architecture, integrated medicine, and climate change,” the Guardian reported in 2018. “When told people have expressed worries that this would continue in the same way, Charles responds: ‘No. It won’t. I’m not that stupid. I do realise that it is a separate exercise being sovereign.’”

Indeed it is, as Queen Elizabeth II demonstrated so admirably throughout her entire reign. She will never be forgotten. Her spiteful detractors, however, will not enjoy anything even remotely like her legacy.

TEXAS and Arizona have a problem. Thanks to President Joe Biden’s inept border protection policies—remember when he put VP Kamala Harris in charge of the border?—those southern states are being swamped daily by thousands of illegal immigrants.

Most are unvaccinated, which is why some suggested that tennis great Novak Djokovic should have used an illegal path for US entry rather than go through official channels and be banned from competing in the US. And quite a few are used as mules by Mexican drug cartels to import deadly fentanyl.

Sources claim that the number of illegals entering the US via the southern border already exceeds two million, just in the past year. In the year previous, there were what authorities describe as 1.7 million “migrant encounters”.

Obviously, smallish border towns in Arizona and Texas simply cannot cope. So the Republican governors of those states looked around the US to see if there were any cities prepared to share the load.

They were in luck! Far-distant New York, Washington DC and Chicago have all in recent years declared themselves to be “sanctuary cities” that would welcome illegals, refugees, asylum seekers or whatever they’re called. “We celebrate our diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status,” Washington mayor Muriel Bowser declared in 2016.

Of course, it’s very easy to proclaim your migrant-friendly virtue when very few illegals are actually turning up. So Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey, respectively the Republican governors of illegal-inundated Texas and Arizona, devised a plan that should have been applauded by everybody.

They hired buses, loaded them with illegals and sent them thousands of kilometres away to New York, DC and Chicago. At a stroke, this would ease the situation in Texas and Arizona and also allow those sanctuary cities to demonstrate their generosity.

But then the screaming began. In New York, mayor Eric Adams fumed as bus after bus arrived with refugee cargo: “It’s the worst type of politics. It’s hateful politics.” DC mayor Bowser called on the federal government to send in the National Guard, and DC councillor Brianne Nadeau claimed “the governors of Texas and Arizona have turned us into a border town”.

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot described the tactics employed by Texas and Arizona as “racist practices of expulsion”. My, my. These sanctuary cities really don’t sound very migrant-friendly at all.

Of course, there are other sanctuary cities in the US, most of them also far away from Joe Biden’s porous southern border. Some of these places are getting a little nervous. In early August, the Texas governor’s office was asked which cities might be next to cop an unrequested migrant surplus.

“Stay tuned,” a spokesman replied. Those cities were all for illegal immigration, so long as someone else dealt with it. Now the problem is their own, and they hate it.

7 thoughts on “More Twisted Than a Corgi’s Bung Leg

  • Ian MacDougall says:

    ‘Blair’ has given theirself a pretty easy job as a critic of this nebilous entity ‘The Left.’ First, find some pronouncement by someone from the left side of politics who can then be set up as a spokesperson/strawman representative of ‘The Left’, disputable or otherwise; say Adam Bandt. Don’t source it or give any kind of reference that can be followed up. Then use that in an argument from the particular to the general to clobber everyone to the left of Genghis Khan. It also helps in the task of protecting the delicate sensibilities of the congregation in this unique little fundamentalist church of Right to shunt any comment that questions the dodgy sophistry involved, such as this one, off into the limbo of ‘awaiting approval.’ Which says a lot re the editorial assessment of the intelligence and critical faculties of the said congregation.

  • Daffy says:

    I note that Uju Anya seems to have no qualms about benefiting from the very history that she pretends to despise. Perhaps she uses her income to stop slavery in places that the British heritage did not reach: China? the world of Islam? Parts of Africa? Well, no, of course not.

  • BalancedObservation says:

    Reading this column makes me think it was planned well before the Queen’s death. And the writer could have been terribly disappointed by what was overall a respectful response from the left in Australia and a considered effort by the left generally not to use the occasion to start marketing a move to a republic.
    Our last Queen did more for the standing of our Westminster system of constitutional monarchy than any monarch in history. It’s also safe to say that she did far more for our Westminster system than any future monarch is likely to do.
    They were sentiments widely echoed by many on both sides of the republic debate.
    Anthony Albanese and the cast of many at most media outlets, including the ABC, conducted themselves like somberly enthusiastic born again monarchists before, during and after the funeral. ABC presenters and reporters looked like they were part of some sort of mass product placement exercise for black ties.
    Our left of centre Labor government actually closed our parliament down as mark of respect when the UK parliament stayed open. When pressed Anthony Albanese said it was protocol but couldn’t identify a precise source for the protocol. Apparently there was no legal requirement for it.
    I’m not naive enough to suggest that our left of centre Labor government has suddenly changed it’s strong opposition to the monarchy.
    Rather I’m suggesting there were probably three reasons for Labor’s approach. There was possibly a vote or two in it for them. And any action for a republic too soon after the highly respected Queen’s death was likely to be counter productive. Thirdly the Queen arguably deserved respect as our head of state and for doing what was almost universally regarded as a good job in the role.
    Of course it’s unlikely there’d be any votes in it for the Greens … ever. Which probably explains their differing response.
    And I’m personally not suggesting there was anything particularly wrong with the respect afforded to our late Queen. As I said above she was after all Australian’s head of state and she actually did a better job than any monarch has done in the role or is ever likely to do.
    Given these tough circumstances for a column like this – it was a good try Tim Blair. And I should add I’m inclined to agree with Your comments on Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Fitzsimmons.

  • Elizabeth Beare says:

    Tim Bair’s Sweetness and Light waiting on the back pages is always a pleasure to anticipate once the plastic wrap is removed from the posted Quadrant each month. I was happy to see that the Quaddie’s resident humorist couldn’t resist taking bullseye aim at fair leftist game re Her Maesty’s passing. The usual academic and other decolonised suspects were in like Flynn at the Royal departure, twittering away in a display of bad manners unrivalled for centuries in its sinking straight through the political and into the personal. Tim Blair does posterity a favour by leaving it here recalled in deservedly satirical print. He also gives due consideration to the suddenly respectful responses of many others on the left, in particular re their rapid transformation into ardent monarchists bowing All Hail to the New Climate King. Perhaps that should be Czar? It may be wise to keep the Czar well in mind, and Charles the First, New Climate King.

    Anyway, our home is like the proverbial Chinese laundry in wet and steamy Sydney as we wash away Friday’s Polynesia and I take up the smoothing iron to prepare our flight on Tuesday to that part of the US still worth visiting – now known as the Free State of Florida. Not like those fake Sanctuary City States up north whom Tim finds now repel all boarders.
    We’re taking the long way round from San Diego, via the Panama, to get to Miami.

    I did say I’d let people here know about the book* featuring the hundred year old man who disappeared, which I am reminded of by the peculiarity of setting out for Florida taking the circuitous route through the Panama Canal. Now I’ve read it, that book turned out to be a suspend-disbelief romp, a fable, and a political extravaganza featuring famous names and many invented situations across the globe. The hero was a geriatric derivative of Forest Gump except that he was Swedish, and something of a smarty-pants (rather too much so for my taste). The narrative, sternly believing it was apolitical, was undercut by only being marginally lefty in a few spots, (depending on your radar settings), so in general it was quite bearable as light summer reading. But don’t say I didn’t warn you – it’s billed as a ‘comedy’ but for the most part it’s a fairly light on fanciful sit-com.
    Occasionally pleasantly ascerbically written.
    * The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson, Allen and Unwin 2012

  • john mac says:

    Tim , on the AFL I am second to no one in my contempt for Gillon (Moe Sizlak) McLachlan , He has presided over the ending of football as entertainment – once a haven from the ugly aspects of life into a woke nightmare . Theme rounds , Welcome to country rubbish , a complete contempt for the fans, the sacking of two male employees some years ago for having inter-office affairs while the females (designated victims) kept their jobs and the willing sacrifice , or tarnishing of anyone daring to transgress the narrative regarding the indigenous presence . The 13 y/o girl in the Adam Goodes dummy spit, Eddie McGuire’s tepid statements on same, Taylor Walker’s overheard insult from a “brave” whistleblower, the Crow’s pre-season camps affect on precious aboriginal players and now the careers of legendary coach Clarkson , and Chris Fagan are probably over due to the rabid , self-righteous media ,from drunk scold Mark Robinson to all of SEN crew and chief football hater Crone Wilson . No context allowed , or football credibility built up over decades , just thrown under the bus, sacrificed on the altar of PC . And not ever mentioned are the minders paid by clubs to keep the indigenous on the right track , pay their bills , regos etc and keep parasitic relatives at arms length. How many more heads will roll if this witch hunt continues ? No white person in football is safe from persecution for any reason (as Ousted CEO for a day Andrew Thorburn can attest) when the media , and AFL smell blood in the water. i weep for the game i grew up with in the 70’s .

  • terenc5 says:

    Another good article Tim. They do provide you with such good source material

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