By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
It was a good week for...
The union movement.
Say what you will about what unions and the union movement has represented in the past but whether you're for or against the concept, it's hard to deny that the current boffins at the head of the union movement have managed to capture the imagination of the mainstream.
I have said it before, but I'll say it again. Sally McManus has reinvigorated the union movement and brought thousands of fresh faces into the fold and she must be given the utmost credit for her efforts.
There aren't many causes that will drag 150,000+ people out into the streets of Melbourne and tens of thousands of others around the country, but the union movement's 'change the rules' campaign has struck a serious chord with a lot of people.
It was a bad week for...
I guess the obvious answer here would be Industrial Relations Minister Kelly O'Dwyer who has come off looking out of her depth, ineffectual and capable of only cobbling together a turgid scare campaign in the face of growing union strength, but I want to steer clear of conservative bashing this week because it has become a little too easy.
This week, instead, I will offer up Mr Cesar Sayoc Junior, the 56-year-old halfwit who has been taken into custody in Florida in relation to the wave of pipe bombs being sent to prominent Democrats and left winger supporters in the United States.
Boasting a lengthy criminal history and a vocal past when it comes to politics, Sayoc Junior took the political divide to horrific and dangerous lengths and, if found guilty, deserves the full weight of justice.
A white van owned by the alleged offender has been spotted around Florida with political slogans of an anti-liberal nature and pictures of prominent figures like Hillary Clinton with crosshairs super-imposed over them.
I'm all for a robust political discussion with those who see things differently to me, but anything above a debate on policy and political beliefs is ridiculous and symptomatic of the rhetoric-filled hate politics we are starting to see too much of in the current landscape.
As anyone who knows me can attest, I'm probably not the best person to go to for up-to-date movie or pop culture news, which is why I leave that up to Bo Nicholson and his crew here at The Pioneer Australia, but if you'd told me today that Johnny Depp was no longer going to be playing captain Jack Sparrow, I'd have been shocked.
Not shocked that he'd moved on from the role, but shocked they were still making those movies...
Are they still successful? I remember the first couple were quite entertaining and did pretty well at the box office, but I guess I was further out of the loop than I realised.
A mighty mare...
Will we get the chance to see history made once more today at Moonee Valley when champion mare Winx chases a record fourth Cox Plate?
Connections behind the horse ended up scrapping plans to take on the best challengers overseas to keep Winx in check for an unprecedented fourth crown at Moonee Valley and they say they have no regrets about that and neither do we, as a a public it seems given the enthusiasm building around her once more.
She'll run at short odds, but even just the chance to drop a couple of pennies on the champion will entice plenty.
Gamble responsibly and enjoy watching history!
For some time now it appeared that all the NSW Labor party would need to do to unseat the sitting LNP mob was turn up on election day, but much of that complacency has wiped away following a horror week for leader Luke Foley.
For the record, I've never been inspired by Mr Foley or found him to be a particularly engaging or charismatic leader and I tended to think even before the latest revelations that the party could do better in terms of a figurehead in the state.
But now, with allegations that he had imbibed too much at a function and harassed a female ABC journalist, it's hard to see how the party can rally behind a man who appears to lack natural leadership.
If there's no truth to the allegations which are now being spruiked by a number of high-profile Libs, then Foley has every right to be furious, but as with all things political, perception is the key and Foley wasn't winning many popularity contests before these allegations emerged.