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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:16 PM

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Most reasonable minded people found the signs above offensive (with many holding Tony Abbott to account for alleged endorsement of the message).




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At least we've not (yet) stooped to the UK low shown above. And endorsed by Fairfax?
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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:40 PM

If I during my lifetime of 68 years were ever offended by what people call me.....and there were many who did believe you me, I would have committed suicide.
This is what is called 'freedom of expression' or in less sophisticated terms "freedom of speech".
You'd have to analyze ..not what is said, but how it is said....this is most important. Secondly one has to realize that you cannot be loved by everyone....even Jesus Christ is not loved by everyone....there are always detractors and they have to be permitted to publicly announce it.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:43 AM

View Posticey, on 09 April 2013 - 09:16 PM, said:

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At least we've not (yet) stooped to the UK low shown above.

A good thing too.

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And endorsed by Fairfax?

What a preposterous conclusion. It would be like saying that Fairfax endorses all activities where it chooses to post pictures. The editor or CEO of Fairfax is not standing in front of these signs so I see no endorsement here.

Fairfax is just reporting the news.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 02:53 PM

View Posticey, on 09 April 2013 - 09:16 PM, said:




Most reasonable minded people found the signs above offensive (with many holding Tony Abbott to account for alleged endorsement of the message).








At least we've not (yet) stooped to the UK low shown above. And endorsed by Fairfax?



One is a rent a crowd rally with angry old white men transported in by buses and roused to anger by a pathetic shock jock.

The other is one of many spontaneous expressions of joy that a politician who destroyed a generation, saw whole communities disappear, denied that there was even such a thing as society, and committed war crimes was no longer fouling the planet.


Yes, the parallels are uncanny. Not.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

But she was a woman HDMC. A woman!
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 05:24 PM

And?
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 06:10 PM

View Postscotto, on 10 April 2013 - 05:24 PM, said:

And?


Worthy of comment. In fact, it was the only comment that our hapless woman PM could think of when speaking of the death of one of Brittains finest prime ministers.


Champion of freedom for workers, nations and the world


The woman who saved Britain


Obama did better than our exiting PM:

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(Obama) added that many Americans remember her "shoulder to shoulder" with Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. He said she showed then that leaders don't have to
be swept along by the currents of history, but can shape them "with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will."
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:01 PM

Whatever.
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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:12 PM

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But if today's Guardian readers time-travelled to the late 70s they might be irritated to discover that tomorrow's TV listings were a state secret not shared with daily newspapers. A special licence was granted exclusively to the Radio Times. (No wonder it sold 7m copies a week). It was illegal to put an extension lead on your phone. You would need to wait six weeks for an engineer. There was only one state-approved answering machine available. Your local electricity "board" could be a very unfriendly place. Thatcher swept away those state monopolies in the new coinage of "privatisation" and transformed daily life in a way we now take for granted.


Sounds reminiscent of earlier Australian days.

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Opponents and supporters of Margaret Thatcher will never agree about the value of her legacy, but as for her importance, her hypnotic hold on us, they are bound to find common ground.


Meryl Streep said:

"To have won it, not because she inherited position as the daughter of a great man, or the widow of an important man, but by dint of her own striving. To have withstood the special hatred and ridicule, unprecedented in my opinion, levelled in our time at a public figure who was not a mass murderer; and to have
managed to keep her convictions attached to fervent ideals and ideas - wrongheaded or misguided as we might see them now -without corruption - I see that as evidence of some kind of greatness, worthy for the argument of history to settle.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:39 AM

View Posticey, on 10 April 2013 - 10:12 PM, said:

Sounds reminiscent of earlier Australian days.




I'm sure if you show those quotes to the families of the pensioners who froze to death, or the families of those who died on the Belgrano, or the families of those who died at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, they'll all feel so much better.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 08:24 AM

View Posticey, on 10 April 2013 - 06:10 PM, said:

Worthy of comment. In fact, it was the only comment that our hapless woman PM could think of when speaking of the death of one of Brittains finest prime ministers.

It's still far better than the graceless remarks by the hopeless opposition leader Abbott on the death of Margaret Whitlam. That man has less grace than a stoned rock.
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

View PostBam, on 13 April 2013 - 08:24 AM, said:

It's still far better than the graceless remarks by the hopeless opposition leader Abbott on the death of Margaret Whitlam. That man has less grace than a stoned rock.


You've got me wondering there, and I could google it, but perhaps you could hit the mark best with a quote/link. On the surface of it, I''ll likely side with you.
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