Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
The university issued a simple statement stating that it would, in future, be investing its money ethically. The uni named some mining and resources companies, including Santos, from which it would divest.
Unfortunately it appears someone didn't do their homework. The Fin carries a story today suggesting that the named companies - and particularly Santos - are, in fact, very ethical investments.
Another story coincidently noted that the big four accountancy firms have issued a statement of support for the Beijing government. They called for students to stop protests calling for more democracy in Hong Kong.
I wonder how they would justify, ethically, why they felt so compelled to tell the students what to do? What moral code is at work here?
Or are they just more worried about the financial viability of their mainland operations?
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Of course the moral of her story is that alliegance or belonging - want to or not - to a particular cause or group is everything.
Media outlets around the world are attempting, incoherently, to come to some view on what the group fighting in the state formerly known as Iraq should be called.
News that it's now begun fighting Iran suggests that it's not a genuine "Islamic State".
That's why I made the decision, some weeks ago, to call it Daesh. So have most reputable media outlets.
Oh, and by the way, the ABC might note it's been the only organisation stupid and incompetant enough to spell the word "Daish". I remember when it used to be an authoritative news outlet.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Normally no one cares less about a book. Publish and be dammed.
But sometimes books are weapons . . . political weapons.
That's probably the case with these two, recently published books (one of which Rudd described as a "work of fiction"), as I wrote in the Canberra Times . . .
Friday, September 26, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
But there's still hope for the likes of more pedestrian authors like myself. I opened it at p102, his (Kelly's) account of the Gillard/Rudd pact to destroy Beazley. Surprisingly, I feel, although he details Rudd's visit to Melbourne to address the Left at Lygon Street (an important step in gaining support from this quarter) he doesn't even mention the meeting between the two leadership aspirants on the NSW North Coast where they sealed their pact. This was the point at which the two actually reached their agreement that Rudd would be the boss.
Also, on p105 he says Chris Evans became the "future treasurer and Senate leader". Well, it's not often that we've had a Treasurer in the upper house and I don't actually think Evans did become treasurer. And there are a few other infelicitous sentences.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not being picky and nor am I suggesting there are gaps or sloppiness in the work. It's excellent. The point is that everything is the product of a person.
Witnessing the fact that Kelly remains a mortal offers hope to those of us who are more pedestrian writers and analysts. We should be thrilled that each of us can aim to achieve Kelly's heights.
Then, in 1989, the wall began to fall.
In Singapore in the mid 90's I remember the enthusiasm that greeted the great, uniting, "European Project".
Today things are different. Everywhere - from East Timor to Scotland - we see increasing demand for self determination.
But that's why it's so important to take the long view, as this great column from the Financial Times does.