Thursday, October 10, 2013

Correction: MWF put its Johnson on display

Several commenters on the post dealing with the Melbourne Writers' Festival and the $250,000+ it receives from the Victorian government have accused the Professor of bias in failing to mention that not every guest at this year's conclave was a grant-fed luvvie leftoid. "You are a lying @#$%," noted one aggrieved visitor, whose salty language precluded his thoughts being posted on what is a civilised blog. "Why don't you mention that Tory @#$% Boris Johnson or does he spoil your bull^&*( thesis?"

Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea culpa.

Boris was indeed on hand, and as he represents the sum total of the organisers' efforts to present someone other than owners of biodegradable bicycles and sustainable Lit Board grants, he most certainly should have been given a guernsey.

The full guest list can be found here, each participant's CV available via a handy link. As an exercise, see if you can find a conservative.


  1. Boris is practically a leftie anyway. I know that from a left wing perspective her looks to be a rightie, but so does Tony Blair and Kevin Rudd.

    1. He's worse than a lefty. He's a celebrity.

  2. The Old and Unimproved DaveOctober 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Professor, I suggest that you procure appropriate Leftist icons, and produce your own works of art to prove you are not a Philistine. 'P*ss Gough', 'P*ss Keating', and 'P*ss Julia' would be an appropriate start, perhaps followed by 'Horsesh*t Obama' and an eclectic Warholesque set of 32 silkscreens of Karl Marx projectile hurling.

  3. Thus proving the old Maxim: "The one (possible) exception among some 500 participants proving the rule,"

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.October 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    Ah, Boris. Some breathless Latin and the indefinable je ne sais quoi of Eton. A well-rounded scholar in all senses and a breath of fresh air, but I do hope they have a very nice teapot and warm it before putting in the leaves, and only use properly boiling water, never ever double-boiled by the way. And for God's sake do not put the milk in first. Bone China cup and saucer of course, goes without saying.

    Welcome to country, Boris. Step over here and we'll smoke you up first. $5000 in the organisers' dilly bag will be fine, or we can sell tickets to gawp at you for one hundred bucks a go. Your attendance is much appreciated, mate.