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The International Cricket Council rejects racist warmonger

The International Cricket Council has rejected John Howard. Good.

Howard is a racist warmonger who should be in leg irons before the International Court of Justice in the Hague on trial for war crimes, not running world cricket.

Let’s have a  look at the man the Colonel Blimps of Australasian cricket recommended for the job of leading world cricket in two years’ time.

Howard supported apartheid. He favoured white rule in Zimbabwe. That should win him lots of votes from South Africa and Zimbabwe.

As leader of the Opposition in 1988 Howard suggested that in the interests of ’social harmony’ Asian migration should be slowed. That attitude should win him lots of votes from the Asian cricketing nations India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, not to mention the undying devotion of Bangladeshi and (leave aside the killing machine he helped unleash there) Afghan cricket.

As Prime Minister Howard moved heaven and earth to keep refugees out, including from cricket playing nations Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their support is a given, no doubt.

He dog whistled to the racist One Nation supporters over asylum seekers and aborigines.

Howard led the Northern Territory intervention, a racist attempt to steal aborigines’ land and further marginalise them in the Territory.

He supported the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan with Australian troops. The invasion of Afghanistan has spread the war of terror into Pakistan. To repeat. This is a man who should be on trial in the Hague for war crimes, not nominated to run world cricket. 

The cricket council consists mainly of administrators from  Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan and people from the overwhelmingly black countries South Africa and Zimbabwe and the nations that make up the West Indies.

Even when commenting on cricket he reeks of racism. The racism of Australian crowds was so great, with its tired no ball calls every time he bowled, that Murali Muralitharan, the Sri Lankan who is the world’s greatest bowler, refused to tour Australia.  

So what did Howard do? Echoing the drunks in the outer he called Murali a chucker. There were racist votes to be won, weren’t there?

It was under Howard’s draconian anti-terror laws that the Federal Police held Dr Mohamed Haneef, an Indian doctor working on the Gold Coast, incommunicado for 12 days. He was released without charge after a fortnight of racist hysteria.

Are cricket administrators here mad or just oblivious to the backlash against racism that was obviously going to occur in nominating Howard? Methinks too many gin and tonics in the Old Boys’ Club might have addled their brains and made them think they were the last apostles of the white man’s burden, along with Howard.

For rank and file cricketers and supporters in most countries Howard represents everything they hate. Even we hated him and threw him out in 2007.

Howard wasn’t nominated for the job because of any cricketing prowess or background. He was nominated by Australia and New Zealand (over initial New Zealand objections) because he is a ruthless bastard who will steamroll the non-whites.

Are the last bastions of empire and conservatism hiding in Australian cricket? The ICC started 100 years ago as the Imperial Cricket Conference. England, Australia and South Africa were its founding members. 

Howard’s impending elevation looks like an attempt by conservative white cricket elements to turn the clock back to the good ole days of empire, when those with dark skins didn’t run things – they did what they were told.

But globalisation means that the real strength of the game lies in the East – India in particular – and that dominance will continue to grow as the Indian economy grows.

King Canute Howard cannot stem the tide of change sweeping cricket, no matter how much the Old Guard wants it.

In 2007 the Australian electorate rejected the backward looking John Howard and his conservative and racist values.  The ICC has done the same. Good on them.



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Comment from loobee
Time July 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

Spot on John !! “the man of steal” the purveyor of untruths, and lickspittle of his “Betters” is beginning to feel the bite of bad karma that this little toad has brought upon himself. Cheers loobee

Comment from Dave Stalker
Time July 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm

If they gave Howard the job i would hang my head in shame, he gave us nothing but a GST and was in the pocket of big business.
There are better men in this world than him to head international cricket believe me.

Comment from Marco
Time July 2, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Come on, John!

We should feel personally outraged and deeply insulted in our patriotic hearts that the little diseccated coconut was rejected.

We should start a Jihad against India, Asia and all Africa to avenge this afront. Ask his minions.

Comment from Arjay
Time July 4, 2010 at 3:12 am

I would like to think that John Howard knew that 911 was a false flag attack.

Seeing George Dubwua pat John Howard on the back and embrace him like some toady boy to his will, makes me cringe in revulsion.

Let’s hope for his sake that John Howard was a misguided war mongerer.

Comment from John
Time July 4, 2010 at 7:45 am

Marco, I see the error of my ways. I now feel outraged and insulted that John Howard is not recognised around the world for the inclusive man of peace he really is. (Excuse me while I vomit my guts out having written this shit.)

Arjay, Howard isn’t misguided, nor do I think he is a toady. His support for the US is in the interests of the Australian ruling class – its desire to expand in the region and to rebut Chinese expansion.

Comment from Ryan
Time July 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm

History through the eyes of a fool. I’m not sure what planet you are from John but your take on events in Australia suggest they are viewed from a great distance. Just more bigoted bile from India, which is emerging as the epicentre of racial hatred. Nouveau riche the subcontinent may be but an emerging world power will need to demonstrate a little more than this type of small mindedness.

Comment from John
Time July 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Thanks Ryan. As a fool I am happy to have the support of the majority of cricket lovers. How stupid politically that the white boys club of Australian cricket could imagine he would be an acceptable choice given his racist past. Our racism is known around the world and john Howard was its ultimate practitioner. The fact that most Australians can’t see this is just exemplified by both Howard’s nomination and your denigration of me for telling the truth.

Comment from Ryan
Time July 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm

John, I denigrate you for your oversimplification and jaundiced view of the world; and this astounding bigotry that you present as an assumption of moral high ground. You should celebrate that you are free to say and print your vitriolic tirade against Australia in Australia. You can also march down the street spreading your bile without fear of persecution save for some wag telling you to “turn it up” as is equally his right.

The BCCI runs cricket through its new wealth and the rest of the cricketing world shouldn’t trouble themselves with it. John Howard’s rejection means nothing to me but the reality is that the BCCI is flexing its muscles because it can. It now has the power and the BCCI should now be formally recognised as replacing the ICC so any pretence can be done away with. The other national boards can be minions that organise their own tours and lamington drives but don’t get a voice at the big table. The whole set up can epitomise the way India sees itself in the world.

Crickets transition eastward mirrors the world around us but I wonder if India’s leadership will have the maturity and wisdom to provide infrastructure and services for its famous “lower classes” when, as you say, the Indian economy grows. Or will it blindly persist with the gaping disparity in fortune that typifies India while its newly powerful leaders elbow out anybody who might hold a dissenting view? Emerging India has the opportunity to learn from the mistakes made by governments of the industrialised nations over the last couple of centuries. If the manner in which the BCCI conducts itself is a window into the future of India, then I don’t hold out much hope for the overwhelming majority of Indians.

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