Did anyone see the headline from “The Age”? You know, the one about the right wing gangs? You didn’t?Well, that’s because they’re not a “gang”, apparently. The actual headline read:
FAR RIGHT GROUP THREATENS TO TAKE A STAND OVER ‘AFRICAN GANGS’
See, not a gang. A group. And they’re not threatening violence. They’re apparently going to “take a stand”. Sort of like the miners at Eureka. (Whom we admire… Even if they were a mob of immigrants refusing to contribute by paying their mining licences… Ok, there was more to it than that, but I’m just trying to imagine how Rupert’s reporters would have spun it, if they’d been around then. Still, it’s amazing how time changes our perspective on things.) Nope, it’s the “Africans” who are gangs.
Now certain politicians have been making a lot of noise about crime being out of control in Victoria and it’s all the Premier’s fault. Matthew Guy, for example, says that Dan Andrews doesn’t know how to control crime. Andrews hasn’t replied by asking if the best way to control crime is to sit down and have a lobster dinner with it. Yes, the Liberals have all sorts of problems when crime is out of control, but no problem with organised crime.
The impetus for Peter Dutton and his followers like Turnbull to criticise Victoria for lawless African gangs – as opposed to lawless caucasian groups like the ones threatening vigilante action or the youths who rioted in Torquay – was the trashing of an Airbnb. Unfortunately, it turns out that the Sudanese youth who did this were actually down from Sydney, so it’s not because of the Victorian State Government – it must be the fault of the NSW government. I can’t wait to hear the Federal flops attacking Gladys Berejiklian for her inability to maintain law and order.
But like I said, time changes our perspective on things. Take the latest stand-off in America. Trump and the Democrats are wrangling over the DACA bill and Trump won’t budge unless he gets the money to pay for the wall. I’m sure that, in time, somebody will point out that Trump shouldn’t be arguing with the Democrats over the cost of the wall, because he assured everyone that Mexico would pay for it. Many, many times.
Yes, time changes everything. No longer will be concerned over the incident at the Airbnb. We’ll just have to find some other incident to use to distract people from the fact that we have a man in charge of Border Force, the AFP and ASIO who has accused not only the wrong group for vandalism, but he’s previously incorrectly accused refugee advocates of inciting self-harm amongst detainees on Manus and Nauru, as well as suggesting that Sarah Hanson-Young was making it up when she was being followed. I could mention that he managed to send a text about Samantha Maiden to Samantha Maiden, but why should a man with so much power be concerned about irrelevancies like getting things right. In future, he’ll probably just have anyone who challenges him deported, arrested or questioned by ASIO for potential sedition charges.
But time changes everything. Who knows? Perhaps in the future our history will tell us of the brave patriots who took a stand and removed gangs from our streets, of heroes like Gina and Rupert who stopped the government from taxing businesses enabling Australia to become its own tax haven eliminating the need for companies to use the Cayman Islands, and of the great Peter Dutton whose steady hand prevented a revolution when GetUp! and the unions threatened to tried inhinbit the rights of children to work in mines.
Time changes everything. Just three years ago, the idea of Oprah as president would have been considered a fantasy; now some people actually think it’s a viable alternative.