Opposition realises it’s the conservative vote that counts

2019-11-11T08:48:32+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

It’s a brave Labor Party parliamentarian and self-declared “progressive” who admits to being “on the same side of an argument as Alan Jones” — on occasions at least. But that’s what Clare O’Neil, the Labor MP for Hotham in southeast Melbourne, told the John Curtin Research Centre on Thursday. O’Neil has not embraced the fan [...]

Britain’s Supreme Court sides with ‘European’ progressives

2019-09-30T09:34:04+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

On Wednesday, the morning after the unanimous decision of Britain’s Supreme Court in Miller v The Prime Minister, Jonathan Sumption appeared on Adam Boulton’s All Out Politics program on Sky News UK. Lord Sumption retired from the Supreme Court late last year. Earlier this year he delivered the Reith Lectures on BBC Radio 4. Boulton [...]

It’s not a conversation when only one view is allowed

2019-09-23T09:33:12+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

There is nothing new about what some have termed the new intolerance. It’s just that contemporary intolerance is more intense and all-embracing than once was the case. Writing in The Spectator this month, Rod Liddle reflected on the gay marriage the BBC recently featured on Songs of Praise, which broadcasts hymns from churches. Not surprisingly, [...]

Lesson on Christian leadership ought to begin at home

2019-09-20T12:28:21+10:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration Kristina Keneally. In Nine Entertainment’s news­papers on Tuesday, Latika Bourke reported Tony Abbott’s speech to the Policy Exchange think tank in support of Britain exiting the EU — Brexit. The heading was “Tony Abbott quotes the Bible in London Brexit speech”. The biblical quote occurred close to the [...]

How Cormann saved the election for the Liberal Party

2019-11-11T08:49:59+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: |

Scott Morrison, centre, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, left, and Senator Mathias Cormann, right, walk out of a press conference in July. It’s just over 100 days since the Coali­tion’s crushing victory over Labor at the federal election in May. Speaking on the occasion of Scott Morrison’s first anniversary as Prime Minister last Saturday, John Howard [...]

Facts give way to mockery in media’s reporting of politics

2018-01-19T10:53:13+11:00Categories: Gerard Henderson's Weekly Column|Tags: , |

Western democracies are witnessing a battle of the R-words; namely, respect and ridicule. In recent years, advocacy of respect has almost become a cliche. Even so, in the public debate, ridicule is increasingly present. On CNN’s State of the Union program last Sunday, Dana Bash interviewed Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of Watergate fame. The presenter asked [...]