Michael Scammell

Death of a feminist

10 October 2020 4:00 pm

I have written before about Hot for Teacher.  The Van Halen guitar rock megahit was a touchstone for cultural norms…

I don’t like Donald Trump, but don’t hate him enough to be fashionable

20 September 2020 4:00 pm

Just for the record because everything is on the record: I doubt I could ever vote for Donald Trump.   My…

Biden-Harris, Harris-Biden: the epitome of post-truth politics

13 September 2020 1:00 pm

The endgame isn’t Donald Trump. With the Democratic Convention coronation complete and campaigning underway, It’s Biden-Harris; America’s Seinfeld ticket, a…

Trump’s RNC speech: the great middle America gamble

29 August 2020 2:02 pm

The Orange Man is cheating.  He’s Teleprompter Trump but we want Rally Trump crazy that will play badly on middle…

joe biden

The granddad speech

22 August 2020 1:39 pm

CNN is saying the Biden speech proves he isn’t an old man, even though anyone with elderly parents would recognize…

Bleak thoughts from Bleak City

12 August 2020 5:34 pm

I was with the best minds of my generation – chartered accountants, real estate agents, Instagram influencers living off the…

Australia’s problematic arts culture

14 July 2020 7:12 pm

The ideological closed shop that is Australia’s creative classes isn’t really a secret even if the artists themselves insist on…

Lockdown Diary

20 June 2020 9:00 am

90 Days in lockdown – a retrospective   Day 1 – you configure your bathroom into a replica of your…

“They’re everywhere, those Hi-Vis Guys, polishing up to stay alive.” 

5 June 2020 4:25 pm

Somewhere in a Melbourne suburban street near you, someone in an orange Hi-Vis vest is polishing a lamppost with disinfectant…

There is no Trump World

31 May 2020 5:00 am

There is no Trump World. Nations are not the sum of their political parts.  The personal is political is not…

I see dead people

10 May 2020 3:18 pm

Beaming Boris attends the birth of his son showing the political power of looking healthy.   Juxtapose COVID Boris in intensive care,…

Everyone thinks they’re a great writer when corona cabin fever strikes

26 April 2020 3:43 pm

Pandemic Poetry   On isolation How the hell do you spell pendemic anyway? Maybe I should use a thesaurus, no that…

I, for one, welcome our new People’s Republic of ScoMo

15 April 2020 5:01 pm

Welcome to Socialism World, where everything is paid for. ‘Yeah, nah’, as we say here in the People’s Republic of…

How to survive the end of the world

21 March 2020 9:00 am

From toilet paper to George Clooney

The race to the White House: it’s the penis or vagina thing

9 March 2020 6:41 pm

Given the choice between an old socialist white woman who used to do appearances on Dr Phil and an old…

The importance of being Karl

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Why we fell out of love with the reinstated Today host

Why it’s fine to laugh at Greta Thunberg

12 January 2020 5:00 am

During an end-of-year review on the ABC’s serious definitely not tabloid 7.30, Australian celebrity and journalistic vox pops spoke glowingly…

When woke comes to town

23 November 2019 9:00 am

The Australian leg of U2’s Joshua Tree tour is almost over and everyone can relax. Bono will slip his clothes…

Q&A and the inalienable right to be batshit crazy

9 November 2019 12:02 pm

The right to go batshit crazy is one of those inalienable rights. Like the right to bear arms and the…

Turkey, Syria and the Kurds: this is not just Donald Trump’s evil

23 October 2019 7:01 pm

While most fixate on the betrayal in Trump’s decision to withdraw troops and leave the Kurds to the mercy of…

Notes from a street protest

21 September 2019 3:11 pm

Coralines Emo Coraline look-a-like protesters from expensive Toorak Girls Private with an excellent fine arts program wave protest signs and…

It’s university open day season

15 September 2019 1:41 pm

It hasn’t been the same since the twins said they’ve just turned 18, and need a lift to the university.…

Corporate speak

12 August 2019 4:58 pm

ASIC is telling us corporates to employ psychologists to get inside the head of our CEOs and Boards and understand…

Essington Lewis: I am Woke

28 July 2019 2:11 pm

Legend has it that at the financial end of Collins Street where all the smart people go to beg there…

More quality political analysis

23 June 2019 4:04 pm

I was in Sydney during the Berejiklian landside and the tyre burning that followed and I stayed in a cheap…