ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

August 2015



RSS Oz House



Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


Site search


My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Greg Sheridan, The Australian and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

This is a letter I sent to Murdoch’s The Australian earlier on Sunday. It has no chance of being published. The photo is by Lee Thomas in the Independent on Sunday.


Jeremy Corbyn addresses supporters from the top of a fire engine after one of his rallies spilled into the street (Lee Thomas)


Reading Greg Sheridan’s unhinged rant against the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in Britain, (‘Left-wing lunacy in Britain’ The Weekend Australian August 15-16,  Inquirer page 24) I was reminded of a quote misattributed to Gandhi and more likely a variant of something a US trade unionist said in 1918.

‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.’

One reason Corbyn is so popular among ordinary Labour members and among working class people more generally, unlike war criminals like Tony Blair, is that Corbyn opposes austerity and wants a better life for the vast majority of British people.  As an aside the irony of retreating into the arms of Tony Blair, as Sheridan, other journalists and many Labour politicians are doing is that having him on your side only increases Corbyn’s popularity.

Jeremy has struck a chord among working class people, including, if the polls are to be believed, working class people who have previously deserted the Blairite Labour Party and some of whom vote UKIP.

No amount of abuse from Sheridan will dislodge the groundswell of support among working class people for Corbyn and the excitement across the country his campaign for leader is generating.

Sheridan is right to be worried. Across the globe people are looking for alternatives to a capitalist system in slow decline and decay.  Indeed Sheridan should be celebrating Corbyn’s rise as a victory for the ‘sensible’ social democrats, those who reject any idea of democratic working class revolution and the overthrow of capitalism and who believe, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that there is  a parliamentary road to a better world, if not socialism.

But I guess when your targeted audience is the Cory Bernardi faction of the Liberal Party rather than a wider, thinking audience, then ignorant tirades against a left wing opponent inspiring millions is about all we can expect. Laugh all you like Greg. Current indications are that Corbyn will win the Labour leadership and the next British election.



A movement is born. Here is an amazing speech by Owen Jones from the Guardian introducing Jeremy Corbyn. A good response to the likes of Greg Sheridan


Write a comment