During the lockdown, a new fad has appeared on footy panel shows. The panel wear headphones. Do they want a replay of the Dam Busters? While watching cricket replays I came across another fad. At a critical point in the game, for batsman (‘batter’ is better left to baseball) or bowler, we get solemnly told that ‘execution’ is essential. ‘Execution’ there means bowling the ball or playing a shot. That is what the whole bloody game is about. The word ‘execution’ adds nothing. As do those ‘War Room’ analyses where people solemnly intone about tactics and strategy after the event and in a manner that suggests that footballers have boned up on Clausewitz On War. They occasionally make plausible comments on strategy in Rugby Union, but when they do that for the NRL, we know that we are in Fantasyland.
The MP in question is George Christensen, the Queensland National. It’s no great insight to observe George blows hard. George talks a big game, and here he is, talking a big game on the reddest, hottest, political issue of the moment – Australia’s fraying relationship with our largest trading partner. George has given the matter some reflection, and he thinks ‘we can keep giving in to China’s threats, and selling off our country, or we can make a stand for our sovereignty’ – and he’d very much like you to write him and take his survey.
The Guardian, 23 May, 2020
There you have a politician who is unlovely as it gets. He has a passion for bull whips, God, and whatever he can get in the Philippines. And ‘sovereignty’ is the first retreat of the inane.