The Pickering Post
Monday, 17th December 2018

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Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


For over 60 years and ever since my morning paper-round chats in Haverbrack Avenue, East Malvern with PM, Mr Menzies, I have had a fascination with politics... and this is how I figure the game works.

Voters here, and in most first-world countries, are divided into 45 per cent Left and 45 per cent Right. Approximately 10 per cent of the Left bloc, are far-Left radicals. Of the Right bloc, approximately 10 per cent are far-Right rednecks 

These Left radicals and Right rednecks have an emotive or active involvement in politics, with the remainder on both sides having varying levels of commitment. 

The Left is on average younger, far more vocal and active. It’s rare to see the Right carrying placards, disrupting traffic or chucking eggs.

The Right is on average older and content to throw things at the TV rather than take to the streets, but no less committed. They like to call themselves the "silent majority"

The younger Left are those who feel disadvantaged by the older Right who have worked hard or have been lucky enough to find their financial niche.

As the younger Left eventually find their own tree in the jungle, they move to the Centre or even to the Right with their vacant Left spots being taken by the upcoming young, allowing the political spectrum to maintain a constant balance.

So at any one time, 90 percent of the population has a political awareness capable of a heated argument over the dinner table.

Now, the apolitical 10 per cent can’t tell you who the leader of the Opposition is. They think World Championship Wrestling is fair dinkum, Sydney is our Capital, social unfairness is a squirrel tackle and Gross Domestic Product is yucky dog poo.

Incredibly, it is that same clueless 10 per cent that decides who governs us. 

Politically aware Left and Right blocs of voters are already committed and accounted for, they have no effect on an election result.

It is that politically unaware 10 per cent, who couldn’t give a stuff who the PM is, that are compulsorily sent to polling stations every three years to decide our future. And they do exactly that!

If voting was optional they simply wouldn’t go.

That’s why Party leaders speak in simple, repetitive terms hoping their relentless, moronic sound bites will eventually impact the skulls of simpletons who really don’t want to know about it.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my case for voluntary voting and elevating the political debate.

[Apologies for being AWOL, but my little bloke is back in hospital, again.]


What really shits me are the well off, left-wing, chardonnay-sipping socialists who hate us conservatives. If Labor had been re-elected last year our national economy would have been rapidly heading towards a Greek-style collapse, and their very way of life would have become under serious threat. I honestly feel ashamed of my country when I think that so many of my fellow Australians are just ideological morons.

What really shits me are the well off, left-wing, chardonnay-sipping socialists who hate us conservatives. If Labor had been re-elected last year our national economy would have been rapidly heading towards a Greek-style collapse, and their very way of life would have become under serious threat. I honestly feel ashamed of my country when I think that so many of my fellow Australians are just ideological morons.

Deficient? It is my life and has brought good fortune. You give the people in power too much credit. Excepting the evil and dangerous Soros, they are not sophisticated or relevant enough to facilitate these conspiracies. At the risk of falling into the labelling trap, you seem well read on fringe musings to use as an excuse for non-participation and failure. Opportunity abounds like never before for intelligent and courageous people. Apologies if this is off the mark but nothing restricts you from contributing at a level only limited by your talent and determination. And you have that in spades.

OK KO, I'm a labeller. Sorry, I'm working on it. But aren't you a labeller labeller? US is Weimar. One announcement from China could halve DOW/Nasdaq and render $US virtually worthless. Who has global leverage? US debt including unfunded liabilities is well over $100T and ballooning. It is irrecoverable. Its influence is extinguished. Its allies cannot depend on it. Its spies defect to its enemy. Its secrets are accessible to hackers. Its ambassadors are murdered without ramification. It is powerless to stop Islamists building nukes. Its culture is rotten. Without money printing and China's cooperation it dies. If China says jump, they jump or die. Dependence on your enemy for your very survival is not strength. China won without a shell fired and freedom was forfeited.

Thanks again KO but it is all history. The West is now owned by China who controls them. The paradigm has shifted as it always does when a country gets fat and lazy and loses its compass. Electing Obama was a symbol that the end has come. Can't imagine how they will handle what is coming. My only concern is that the BRICS will completely control the direction and cultures of the world when the dust settles and you will pray for what we have now.

Bit there KO but thanks. Banks and governments promote population growth, as does every other sector. Bigger profits and more revenue. Technology is advancing quicker than it ever has. The "financial empire" has been made redundant by the Chinese who play their own game. If those historical leaders were confronted with government the size of those today and with their balance sheets they would be mortified. They would immediately implement a Harding/Coolidge solution of halving govt. expenditure and reducing taxes. You agree that politicians are corrupt and yet are trustworthy enough to run a bank. How we allowed unions to control trillions in savings is beyond me but I don't want Ludwig's Gillard deciding who gets the cash. Keep govt. small and powerless and the banks profit focused.

Sorry KO from memory I think it may have been Teddy Roose that broke away to form a progressive party. Need a refresher course but will be forever grateful for the path that the founding fathers paved. They'd be disgusted at what has happened since.

Nice work KO but wasn't FDR the father of progressivism? Not the lunatic variety but he started the destructive movement. You'd be hard pressed to convince George Washington to establish a monopoly govt. borrowing facility. It's not every day that someone states their opposition to democracy, free market capitalism, and questions the legitimacy of elected governments and the capital markets. If those leaders mentioned above resurfaced to head a party here am I to assume your faith in our system would be restored and we'd be graced by your attendance at the polling booths? Are you certain that Tony Abbot isn't Abraham Lincoln reincarnated? Would these blokes get 2% of the vote today, or is that your whole point?

Ahhhh KO. If the problem is not big govt. but bad govt. then you must name your most favoured government in recorded history. Any country, any time. If you are unable to name a particular govt. it will be an admission that good govt. is totally unachievable and therefore smaller govt. with minimum powers is preferable. Power corrupts. If not AJ then where do you get your anti-establishment, anarchist information from? I'm interested to learn what you know.

get the little guy better, thats whats important to us all xxxx

To all you Australian's who play a roll in voting in the PUP party and SHY. Thank you for making this country a lame duck. We now have the great fight on our hands without going to war. You should be placed in chains and marched pass all the people that you have let down with this lazy experiment of wasted votes . I hope you suffer long and hard for the mess you now have left for the government to now has to clean up at cost Australia can not afford. PRICKS............

Alex Jones worshipper KO? Bilderberg Group theorist? I agree that the relationship between the bankers and government is unhealthy. That is true with science hopping into bed with government and big business lobbying government for large projects. Everything that is sick with the system can be traced back to big government. Never give them the exclusive power to supply capital or you will create an uncontrollable monster where its friends prosper and its enemies starve. The US Fed is opaque and corrupt. So are unions. Small, transparent and accountable government is what we should be demanding but if you abolish the incentive of profit this whole thing collapses.

I'd say you're pretty close to the mark there.


OKLAHOMA - may soon have plenty of new residents!


Oklahoma is the only state that Obama did not win even one county in the last election... While everyone is focusing on Arizona’s new law, look what Oklahoma has been doing!!!

An update from Oklahoma:

Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian values... HB 1330

Guess what... Oklahoma did it anyway.

Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal immigrants, and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB 1804. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.

Guess what... Oklahoma did it anyway.

Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegal's to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes. Madam Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB 1102

Guess what... Oklahoma did it anyway.

Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining Texas, Montana and Utah as the only states to do so.

More states are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Carolina's, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi and Florida. Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003

The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I'm sure that was a setback for the criminals. The Liberals didn't like it -- But....

Guess what... Oklahoma did it anyway.

Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers’ license exams will be printed in English, and only English, and no other language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in Oklahoma, you must read and write English. Really simple.

By the way, the Liberals don't like any of this either

Guess what... who cares... Oklahoma is doing it anyway.

If you like it, pass it on, if you don't then delete it... Thanks

Guess what: the people I'm sending this to will send it on. Well, at least the ones who love and believe in freedom will.

Check it out (Oklahoma)

Agree Larry but why not go a step further and abolish preferential voting in favour of one vote one value? At age 77, I voted conservatively for much of my life and was a member of the National Party for some years. But I have voted informally since 1996 because I do not want my vote redirected by others and feared what John Howard might do - alas, I was proved correct. Since then, I have only become more disgusted with both of the major political parties and the green fringe nuts. They are all doing inestimable damage to this once proud nation.

has anyone have info on the salary paid to VITRIOLI,S skinny prick of a co/announcer Rowland ,??

Mosques are the battleground of the war between Islam and the West

yes Larry, but it is getting worse with these idiots who put themselves up for the Senate - and the vitriol of the labor left wingers being abusive - eg Tim partner of ex PM - and yes voting should be optional - these 10% idiots wouldn't be bothered to vote.

Ah, saddler my friend,nice late night topic,the mystery of the Port Arthur cover up/ Marin Bryant did not take a Belgin FM weighing over nine pounds and ostensibly an Armalite of less than five pounds and run around firing from the hip, changing two different magazines on the run and hit fifty six targets in or around the head in less than two minutes - that is because it would be indisputably impossible. What a shame the rifles were both destroyed by fire and unable to be examined or test fired. Like the Malay airliner probable outcome, something never to be explained.

I don't suppose we would notice if they took over the ABC.