bugged by PMs and Corporate Uni types

The first few sunny days of summer and I am bugged. I mean bugged as in plagued by small flying things – slap, and a smear of some sand-fly type thing crushed against my arm, cheek, thigh. Itchy, scratch scratch, and a strange buzzing in my ear. Flying things all over the place and a creepy crawly feeling. Not that I would complain about summer ever – bring on a real one – but is this what global warming means for us, an England full of wasps and other annoying critters.

Of course this is symbolica as well – w.a.s.p.s – and it reminded me of the major thing that bugged me about Australia on my recent visit home (as also mentioned in the pages of TNT in interview a few issues back). Which bug? – the snivelling continuing precence of the nasty scuzzbag John Howard as prime-minister-for-life in the land of the Magic Pudding (so it seems – no credible parliamentary alternative in ‘opposition’ leader Beazley). The pie has truly turned rotten, though not significantly more rotten than the Maggie-in-a-nicer-dress version that we still have as PM here (he also wants it to be for life it seems).

The poster in the accompanying gloomy picture was for a Socialist Alternative public meeting. Worth noting as you look closely – after pondering the universal relevance of the slogan – is that the picture is from a worker-student solidarity rally, the sort of thing we might need in the current university dispute here, instead of defence of scabs and limited debate about what education might be, as we lurch even more into a degraded teaching factory system. Slap.


About john hutnyk

Writer on culture, cities, diaspora, history, film, prisons, colonialism, education, Marxism. Studied and taught in Australia at Deakin and Melbourne Universities; and in the UK in Manchester University’s Institute for Creative and Cultural Research; before moving to Goldsmiths in 1998, and becoming Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies in 2004-2014. Has held visiting researcher posts in Germany at the South Asia Institute and Institute fur Ethnologie at Heidelberg University, and Visiting Professor posts in InterCultural Studies at Nagoya City University Japan, Zeppelin University and Hamburg University, Germany, Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul, Turkey and at the Graduate institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. Immediate past adjunct Professor of RMIT University, Melbourne and GIAN Visiting Professor Jadavpur Uni Kolkata.
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