Daily Archives: February 15, 2017

David Leyonhjelm on ‘closing the gap’



sa-blackout-adelaide What subsidised wind power can do for your town.


Another day, another total wind power output collapse, another statewide blackout. Sure the political spin doctors called it ‘load shedding’, but for the 90,000 families left boiling in the dark, watching their perishables perish the result is precisely the same.

The wind cult and its fellow travellers descended into apoplexy, when conventional generators failed to fire up in time to cover the fact that their obsession with these things is a delusion: close to 1,000MW disappeared in the space of a few short hours, forcing the grid manager to send hundreds of thousands of people back to the Dark Ages.

Blackouts caused by wind power output collapses are now such a common feature of South Australian life, the latest suburban must have is a diesel generator.

As we have been detailing this week, political fear, loathing and recriminations are…

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Apparently, attacks on a religion are racist now unless you are an Irish Catholic

Source: Petition · ABC network : Q&A and ABC apologise to Muslim community for breaching its ABC values · Change.org.

Trump and Muldoon

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Over the last few days, a couple of local commentators (here and here) have been drawing parallels between Donald Trump and our own former Prime Minister, Sir Robert Muldoon.  I commented on one of those pieces, somewhat sceptically, and didn’t give it much more thought.    But yesterday Tyler Cowen devoted his Bloomberg column  to attempting to make exactly the same comparison, which prompted me to think about the case more carefully.

What would you think of a Western democratic leader who was populist, obsessed with the balance of trade, especially effective on television, feisty and combative with the press, and able to take over his country’s right-wing party and swing it in a more interventionist direction?

Meet Robert Muldoon, prime minister of New Zealand from 1975 to 1984. For all the comparisons of President Donald Trump to Mussolini or various unsavory Latin American leaders, Muldoon is a…

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