Finally, some reader mail.
I am replying to your email referring to the communications minister as “Comrade Conroy”. It saddens me to hear people using COLD WAR terminology to refer to anyone that they don’t agree with.
At the same time you used the term of endearment “poor old” Barnaby Joyce for a politician that most people in Australia would consider a nutcase (irrespective of their political persuasion).
It would be much nicer for all (especially for those of us who read your (economics) newsletter ) if you could refrain from using emotive language which does not have any place in such a publication.
Best leave it to the CRAZY – Right Wing mouthpieces of the Conservative movement rather than from someone who is supposedly an enlightened , modern, economics, commentator.
Thanks for your note Peter. We called Minister Conroy a “Comrade” because he backs a policy of paternal authoritarianism in Australian public life, not because we simply disagree with him. You should call things by their right names. It makes arguments a lot more honest.
Sorry to make you sad. But a lot of we write makes people sad, apparently. And we don’t really care what “most people” think about Barnaby Joyce. By the way, how do you know what “most people” think? We were telling you what we think. That’s all.
Finally, are you really in the position to decide what’s “nicer for all?” Even if you were, we’d be inclined to do the exact opposite anyway, just on principle. Our mission here isn’t to make people feel better. It’s to make people think, even if they are offended by the ideas we have. If that makes us unenlightened, we’re happy to stay in the dark.
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