Bob Day

Lessons from Lausanne

Lessons from Lausanne

The story is told of a divine messenger who appeared to a peasant farmer. “You have been chosen”, said the messenger. “Whatever you wish for, it will be granted.” The farmer was shocked but beamed with anticipation. “There is only one condition,” the messenger...

Mind Your Language

Mind Your Language

What you call something is very important. Everyone knows that a suit is comprised of a jacket and a pair of pants. Two jackets are not a suit. Neither can two pairs of pants be called a suit. Fight shadow bans & SHARE! This was an argument I...

A digital Dark Age, part 3

A digital Dark Age, part 3

We will continue to be your single source of truth. Unless you hear it from us, it is not the truth. So said former New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. Fight shadow bans & SHARE! Governments – the world’s worst peddlers of false...

A digital Dark Age, part 2

A digital Dark Age, part 2

The only currency that matters is power – getting it and holding on to it.Attaining power these days involves denigrating and silencing your opponents in any way possible. Censoring them, branding what they say as misinformation, disinformation or mal-information,...

A digital Dark Age

A digital Dark Age

Step into my parlour, said the spider to the fly,'Tis the prettiest little parlour, that ever you did spy,Oh no, no! then said the fly, to ask me is in vain,For who goes up to your winding stair,Can ne'er come down again. Fight shadow bans &...

Camels on the Horizon

Camels on the Horizon

The story is told of the founder of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid, who, when asked about the future of his country replied: “My grandfather rode a camel. My father rode a camel. I drive a Mercedes. My son drives a Land Rover, and my grandson will drive a Land Rover.” “But my...

The Winning Circle

The Winning Circle

In ‘The Adventure of Silver Blaze’, one of the Sherlock Holmes short stories, Holmes is sent to investigate the disappearance – on the eve of an important race – of a champion racehorse called Silver Blaze, and the death of its trainer John Straker. In what has become...

The seven deadly sins

The seven deadly sins

We are all familiar with the story of Jesus overturning the trading tables and driving out the moneychangers from the temple. Following this outburst, Jesus was confronted by the chief priests and elders demanding to know by what authority he was doing these things....

The blame game

The blame game

On 1 July 2014, my first day as a Senator, Adelaide’s Advertiser newspaper published an opinion piece I had submitted titled, Shedding the ‘Bludger State’ tag, in which I implored the SA State Government to stop bludging on the other states and start...

The Seeds of Time

The Seeds of Time

In Act 1 of Shakespeare’s great play Macbeth, the three witches appear before Macbeth and his friend Banquo. The witches predict that Macbeth will be king, and that one of Banquo’s sons will also be king one day. Banquo is not convinced and responds, “If...

University River

University River

In William Blake’s hymn Jerusalem, the phrase ‘those dark Satanic mills’ was assumed to be referring to the cotton and woollen mills of his time and the mills’ terrible working conditions.Based on the date of the hymn and Blake’s religious background,...

Those who spend the money should raise the money

Those who spend the money should raise the money

On 1 July 2014, my first day as a Senator, Adelaide’s Advertiser newspaper published an opinion piece I had submitted titled, Shedding the ‘Bludger State’ tag, in which I implored the SA State Government to stop bludging on the other states and start...