The swastika in Afghanistan

The swastika on the Australian vehicle in Afghanistan – crass, tasteless, insulting even. I was reminded of Prince Harry wearing a swastika on his arm some time ago with some of the same comments from the media but where is he now? A world hero, well loved – what happened – he grew up!


Diana’s wedding dress

I read with interest the 20 May Sunday Life (royal wedding dresses issue) and once again wondered when our “independent” media will have the courage to say the truth – Diana’s wedding dress was a disaster. There was an audible gasp that ran around the world when she alighted from the carriage at the Church in all it’s over-blown, crushed– fabric OTT design”. And while we are at it – when are we going to let the woman RIP – after all it’s 20 years and her sons may think about her but the rest of us have more to do.

The Wedding

I am quite ashamed of you Julia Baird (Opinion 21 May)
I am surprised that you would succumb to the current hysteria. Julia, it was the wedding of Harry and Meghan not a show on worldwide stage for Michael Curry.
I have long heard that for ministers – If you don’t strike oil in 5 mins – stop boring – and unfortunately Michael Curry had not heard this dictum and we endured science, fire, Martin Luther King, the Bible and very little about the wedding of Harry/Meghan – a commitment between two people before their family and friends . That is marriage not a floor show for the minister.
I can excuse Michael Jensen on the same page – he probably feels that he must support a fellow religious but you, Julia, ….

Diana – R.I.P.

“Thrice the worry: etc.” And congratulations to William and Kate on the birth of another Royal but heavens above! Could we lay off the constant references to Diana – now dead for 20 years.
On commercial TV there was the usual schmaltz and it was with relief that I noted that the ABC refrained from referring to Diana as the model for the young Royals.
But in today’s SMH 25 April,  there it is again – a piece on “Duchess channels Diana on red carpet”.   Does anyone really believe that Kate came to after giving birth, and asked William to bring her a red outfit – like Diana’s, to wear home?
Kate appears to be a confident, cool, happy in her own skin person and I really don’t think she is channelling a dead mother-in-law she never knew.
Come on, media, it’s time to let Diana RIP – I am sure that I am not the only person tired of the sloppy, lazy media references.

Diana – eternally

For Heavens sake! “By the woman behind her style” and so it goes on in the media. Will the media never allow Diana to RIP? What next – the woman who did her laundry? The men she knew (perhaps not!)? I have had enough of Diana Spencer and surely it’s time to let her go and stop using her to make money in the media. Diana RIP.

Part 2 – Do we want a Republic

Regarding the Republic I suggest that we ask Prince Charles – he may be willing to “Patron” the new Party – hasn’t he told us several times over the years that he couldn’t believe that we haven’t yet grasped the nettle. Anybody as old as I am would remember that there were moves and agitation pre-WW2 towards a Republic but the War intervened and youthful exuberance – not “King and country” as some like to say/think took over.  I never heard (yes, that’s how old I am) a soldier/sailor/airman say they were going to fight for king and country.  They were very often unemployed (33% unemployed prior to the War during the Great Depression and mostly women could not work) ; it was a job; there would be travel; mates were joining up and “we would be home for Christmas”.
But “do we want a republic” and my suggestion is to start a Party – a Parliamentary Party who could represent our wishes.   The point is – A Party would have leverage in Parliament (see Hanson, Xenophon, etc. etc.) and I do think that there would be many on the Coalition side of politics favouring the Party.  The Labor Party has a Republic on their Agenda – so no trouble there – but we need voices in Parliament…good intelligent voices to make a case for a rapid, orderly move from the Monarchy stage through to an Australian Republic – We need preparation; organisation; Parliamentary publicity; many people to appeal to young people who, dare I say it – don’t take much notice of anything in the media or on TV –  not from the point of view of “what will it do for me” but “it’s a principle”.


The Royals

Let’s get one thing straight: Prince Harry is a most attractive young man who does a good job of whatever he does. Prince William seems to be a good husband/father. So let’s cut out the cringing, fawning, just-like-Diana stuff.
Something else we can face is that Royals may NOT work in a commercial situation, and that’s why they all do charity work. What else can they do to fill their days.
It’s great for charities to have their names on letterheads but it’s only occupying a space in their lives which years ago would have been used to go safari/kill wildlife in Africa; or become Governor General in the Colonies, or lead Charges as in The Charge of the Light Brigade as a titled, inexperienced General.
Harry and William did a good job of joining in Defence activities but now they join the ranks of Royals who do charity work.
So enough of “just like Diana” who died many years ago. Let her RIP and let her sons get on with being productive Royals…how I don’t know.