Beyond the Like Button: @burgewords comments on #NoBrexit #NoTrump #NoPlebiscite

Perhaps it’s the weight of all our first-world problems, but Westerners have lost touch with one of our strongest power bases. PROGRESSIVES internationally are being hit with some hard facts, from the reality of the United Kingdom’s vote to end its politico-economic links with the European Union (EU); through the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican United States presidential candidate; to Australia’s problem catching up with both nations on the human rights inherent in Marriage Equality. It’s become impossible to participate on social media without also being hit with online petitions. “But is it realistic?” I saw one concerned Remain voter ask her Facebook friends, of yet another public […]

Notes from London: Meet our new columnist @NHadjimichael

Living in London, Aussie born and bred no longer the tourist. That means so much to most Aussie travellers from the days of Clive James, Barry Humphries or Barry Crocker. Having relocated from sunny cosmopolitan Sydney (the leafy Liberal heartland north of the Bridge) because the boss got the job (I’m like Prince Phillip!) I get to observe upfront the UK of my upbringing, education, online observation and numerous visits. Well here we are: an economy struggling to outdo Antartica for growth unless you count population; massive excitement over footbal and the weather; less excitement about the Referendum and even less about politicians, business leaders or trade union elites. The […]