Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The newly reformed Ross Gittins

See, optimism about the human condition is justified after all. A little encouragement really can prompt even the lowest wretches to lift their game, as Ross Gittins, patron saint of the shallow and formerly a prime advocate of using others' words without attribution, has done in today's Silly. It is the usual Gittins drek and he gets any pretense at originality out of the way in the first few paragraphs -- original if you haven't tuned in to the ABC since the recent election.
What a [Coalition] to-do list: sack econocrats guilty of having worked with the enemy, pass an edict against climate change and discourage all discussion of it, stop publicising boat arrivals, build more motorways, move to a cut-price national broadband network and take science for granted.
After that, the column is largely composed of cut-and-paste quotes from chapter seven of this document, whose author Doctor Sticky Fingers rightly acknowledges.

And that is why we should all take heart. Even though Gittins borrowed almost an entire earlier column from an OECD report, and despite the fact that his Silly editors ruled that he had done no wrong, he has now taken it upon himself to change his ways and give credit where all but senior Fairfax executives would think it due.
See, even the worst of us aren't entirely beyond a small measure of redemption. 


  1. Reading Fairfax papers is like driving past a traffic accident - horrible but you have to have a look out of natural curiosity.

  2. I thought that it was the alarmists trying to stop discussion of climate change by screaming denier at anyone who actually had the temerity to think for themselves.

  3. The Old and Unimproved DaveSeptember 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    I think you'll find that, in Ross' case, that's "poltroon saint and prime flatulate", Professor.

  4. My cat refuses to use her litter tray if is lined with a Fairfax paper.

  5. The Old and Unimproved DaveSeptember 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    "Newly reformed"? What, did someone get the drop on him with THEIR disintegrating pistol?

    And brother, when it disintegrates, it disintegrates....