John Singleton, “While the empire sinks into the east,”
The Australian, May 30, 1977, p. 6, in the “Forum” box.

I’ve long been of the opinion that the royal family should be flogged off to the U.S. who can better afford the whole useless but nice nostalgic trip.

The Yanks would probably re-create Buckingham Palace in Las Vegas and turn the whole circus into a kind of Disneyland which would actually make money.

And from time to time Paul Dalaty or Michael Edgley could bring them out here on tours as a sort of warm-up show before the Russians’ real circus.

People who wanted to wave and sing God Save The Queen could pay for the privilege and the rest of us could stay home and watch the Amco Cup.

But no, England insists on going absolutely bankrupt in style while Prince Philip urges the nation to get its finger out and the Queen waves — I can only assume waves goodbye to just about everything.

And now Australia, already infected with the deadly British disease of government who spend more than they dare steal from us in taxation (known scientifically as deficit spending, i.e. the cause of inflation) and who tax us to the point where there is no incentive to work whatsoever, have now renamed the Commonwealth of Nations as the “Common poverty of Nations.”

Now good old Prince Charles, non-working dole-bludging son of Liz and Phil (also on a very classy dole system) has kicked off a new scheme to save Australian youth from a fate worse than life.

In full-page advertisements throughout Australia, we have been treated to Prince Charles announcing a scheme where we kick in $6 million to set up a fund to perpetuate the memory of his mum sitting around on a throne for 25 boring years, watching her empire sink into the east. And I mean east.

Naturally, our good old Federal Government who are keen, they tell us, to cut out all unnecessary spending, kick in $2 million of our taxes.

And our lovely little non-royalist State Government kicks in a quarter of a million. It’s not their money. It’s ours. Why should they care?

Big companies that live off government-granted monopolies like BHP also kick in handy little sums like $100,000.

And you and I are supposed to be the mugs to kick in the rest.

Like already almost half of the taxes we pay, which are crippling the nation, are going to make welfare payments to people who, in the main, can better be looked after voluntarily by friends, family and neighbours.

But now the Government wants us to kick the tin for more on a voluntary basis.

Now the new idea is to get our kids hooked on the handout mentality, real quick, while they’re young and fresh, so they can grow up as stupid and unthinking and grabbing as our generation.

The fools who run the announcement suggest that it will be good when this lousy $5 million is in the kitty, because every kid who wants to help someone will “stand up to get help from this fund.”

“Like kids who own a boat and want to run a sea rescue squad.”

I’m not joking. It’s there in black and white. What about me? I own a boat and I can’t even get it to start.

Another gem: The fund is “for kids who want to take other kids to sea for the first time.” What about kids who want to make it for the first time? Shouldn’t the fund pay for the motel and the Pill?

More: “To help kids run a local meals-on-wheels service.”

And it goes on and on to say that in a national TV appeal the good little non-working, dole-bludging prince said that the types of projects the money would actually be wasted on (the last two words are mine) had not yet been decided.

But never fear, said the little prince, do you know that “in England a similar appeal helped to set up schemes such as a surf lifesaving club and a mountain rescue movement?”

But I have been in plenty of surf clubs in Australia and not one of them needed some pommy prince and some cheap political tricks to get them to build their clubs and run them themselves without any help except what they got themselves.

In fact any thinking Australian, or Englishman, knows that the most crippling disease in Britain and Australia is that governments are taking too much tax from us to do things we could better do ourselves — if we had any money left after all their taxes, which we mostly don’t.

And now, after they’ve ripped 72c to the dollar off us at all government levels, they want us to kick in still more.

Fair dinkum. Word for word in this very newspaper last Wednesday.

Now I don’t know whether Charlie got hit on the head with a few too many trees when he was at Timbertops.

Just as the Queen and Prince Charlie and some fifth-rate politicians can run a fund (“led by Sir Ian McLennan and 140 distinguished Australians” — which means 140 Australians too old to matter anyway, sitting around the Melbourne Club betting on who’ll die next) to rob young Australians of their initiative, just like the rest of us have been similarly robbed.

But fortunately the very last paragraph in the announcement says that not only is big business and big government behind this latest inane scheme, but so too is the ACTU.

At least that combination is a dead set guarantee that the scheme will never get off the ground in the first place, for which we should all be thankful.

“John Singleton’s fan mail,” The Australian, June 3, 1977, p. 6.

It surprises me that your remarkably interesting, informative paper can give space so frequently to a pompous ass, an inverted snob, like John Singleton. I know he has made an enormous amount of hard cash, but that only proves to me that we have a great many people in this country with extremely bad taste — in the advertising area, anyway. I have yet to meet anyone who does not experience nausea when his advertisements appear. I dislike the man’s thinking so strongly that if one is to be exposed to regular articles that are so crude and in such bad taste, and as despicable as his effort of May 30 (“While the empire sinks into the east”), I will have to dispense with my favourite newspaper.

Woollahra, NSW

If John Singleton would take the trouble to read After Nostradamus by A. Woldben (it’s only $1.75 at Abbey’s) he would know exactly which empire is going to sink, not only in the east but also in the west, north and south.

It might come as a shock because Mr Singleton would easily recognise that it is his empire that is going down the drain: the empire of the smart businessmen enriching themselves at the expense of the not-so-smart public. This book explains in detail the reasons why it is going to happen, when and what we can do about it.

I might as well add that it is all for the benefit of mankind.

H. Hout
Annandale, NSW

The Jubilee Trust, which will distribute the income from a $5 million trust fund to encourage youth schemes, may be an ambitious and contentious subject. This is especially so when the taxpayer is first forced to contribute, through “government donations,” and then asked again on a direct approach basis. It is evident that further debate is both necessary and desirable before our money is handed our to the various organisations.

However, John Singleton’s article (30/5) condemning, in the most immature terms, the monarchy (in particular by personal attacks on individual members of the royal family) and the trust lends nothing to the debate. If your newspaper wishes to take part, surely you should do so by printing informed and pertinent comment and leave the gutter-press to the rest.

I feel sure that certain other newspapers would be eager to employ Mr Singleton as they now know the depths to which he can descend.

Paddington, NSW

There is a parallel between the pressure of modern industrialism and the difficulties of increasing traffic. If John Singleton detests controls as useless and a hindrance to real progress, who doesn’t he prove it by driving on the right-hand side of the road?

Panania, NSW

“Don’t patronise the young,” The Australian, June 17, 1977, p. 6.

As one of the geriatric Australians involved in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal referred to in patronising terms by Mr Singleton in his column on May 30, I cannot let his misstatements and misunderstanding pass uncorrected.

There is no point in reminding him that if he were to write about other people what he has written about the Queen and Prince Charles he would have had libel writs slapped on him.

Because he knows that the royal family whom he has criticised so trenchantly will not react in this way, he knows he is safe, if not free, to indulge himself. A curious manifestation of a free press.

Nor is there any point in spending time reminding him, as one of my schoolteachers taught me, that if you have something worth saying people will listen. You don’t have to be offensive or bad-mannered about it to make your point.

Apart from all this he is guilty of not getting his facts straight. Particularly is he astray in inferring that there is nothing which needs to be done for young Australians to develop themselves now and to help them look after the future of Australia.

Anyone who has spent any time with young people, including their own children, will know that by and large they are as good and fine and well motivated as we were at the same age. This generation is the product of its time. This is evident from their dress and their style of living. Thank goodness for all of us they still laugh and play and work and are concerned about what is happening around them and in the future.

Don’t patronise them, Mr Singleton. They are good. So why shouldn’t a bunch of old people (and many not-so-old people) give them a hand?

A less superficial study would have revealed that the main purpose of the appeal is to produce a trust fund which will distribute its income to young people’s organisations and to individual young people.

Anyone involved in youth organisations today knows they are short of money. They will be able to apply to the trust for funds to support specific projects — extensions of their present activities. They will not become dependent upon trust income for day-to-day operations. Apart from anything else, that would destroy incentive and independence.

Individual young people who have got themselves to where they are by their own efforts, eg, apprenticeships, nurses, youth leaders, etc, will be able to apply for funds to help them gain more experience in their vocation.

All these requests for funds will be assessed against the contribution which organisations and individuals are making to the needs of the community and the projected extension of that service into the future.

The concept is simple and elementary. The Tomorrow Fund is to help young people look after the Australia of tomorrow.

A very interesting thing is happening. Although the appeal has only just got under way, we have already received hundreds of contributions — some big ones, but many, many more smaller ones. It is going very well indeed.

Do you know? I am not really sure whether it is because people are happy to join in celebrating the Queen’s silver jubilee or because they see Prince Charles as a good public example of the younger generation or perhaps because they think there is a job to do to help young Australians tackle the future of this country. Perhaps all three.

Honorary chairman
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee
Appeal for Australians

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  1. Governments Consume Wealth — They Don't Create It
  2. Singo and Howard Propose Privatising Bondi Beach
  3. Singo and Howard Speak Out Against the Crackpot Realism of the CIS and IPA
  4. Singo and Howard on Compromise
  5. Singo and Howard on Monopolies
  6. Singo and Howard Support Sydney Harbour Bridge Restructure
  7. Singo and Howard on Striking at the Root, and the Failure of Howard, the CIS and the IPA
  8. Singo and Howard Explain Why Australia is Not a Capitalist Country
  9. Singo and Howard Call Democracy Tyrannical
  10. Singo and Howard on Drugs!
  11. Simpleton sells his poll philosophy
  12. Singo and Howard Decry Australia Day
  13. Singo and Howard Endorse the Workers Party
  14. Singo and Howard Oppose the Liberal Party
  15. Singo and Howard Admit that Liberals Advocate and Commit Crime
  16. Up the Workers! Bob Howard's 1979 Workers Party Reflection in Playboy
  17. John Whiting's Inaugural Workers Party Presidential Address
  18. John Singleton and Bob Howard 1975 Monday Conference TV Interview on the Workers Party
  19. Singo and Howard on Aborigines
  20. Singo and Howard on Conservatism
  21. Singo and Howard on the Labor Party
  22. Singo, Howard and Hancock Want to Secede
  23. John Singleton changes his name
  24. Lang Hancock's Foreword to Rip Van Australia
  25. New party will not tolerate bludgers: Radical party against welfare state
  26. Singo and Howard introduce Rip Van Australia
  27. Singo and Howard on Knee-Jerks
  28. Singo and Howard on Tax Hunts (Lobbying)
  29. Singo and Howard on Rights
  30. Singo and Howard on Crime
  31. Singo and Howard on Justice
  32. Singo and Howard on Unemployment
  33. John Singleton on 1972 cigarette legislation
  34. Singo and Howard: Gambling Should Neither Be Illegal Nor Taxed
  35. Holed up, hold-up and holdout
  36. The libertarian alternative vs the socialist status quo
  37. Workers Party Platform
  38. Singo and Howard Join Forces to Dismantle Welfare State
  39. Singo and Howard on Business
  40. Singo and Howard on Discrimination
  41. Singo and Howard on the Greens
  42. Singo and Howard on Xenophobia
  43. Singo and Howard on Murdoch, Packer and Monopolistic Media
  44. Singo and Howard Explain that Pure Capitalism Solves Pollution
  45. Singo and Howard Defend Miners Against Government
  46. Singo and Howard on Bureaucracy
  47. Singo and Howard on Corporate Capitalism
  48. The last words of Charles Russell
  49. Ted Noffs' Preface to Rip Van Australia
  50. Right-wing anarchists revamping libertarian ideology
  51. Giving a chukka to the Workers Party
  52. Govt "villain" in eyes of new party
  53. "A beautiful time to be starting a new party": Rand fans believe in every man for himself
  54. Introducing the new Workers' Party
  55. Paul Rackemann 1980 Progress Party Election Speech
  56. Lang Hancock 1978 George Negus Interview
  57. Voices of frustration
  58. Policies of Workers Party
  59. Party Promises to Abolish Tax
  60. AAA Tow Truck Co.
  61. Singo and Howard on Context
  62. Singo and Howard Blame Roosevelt for Pearl Harbour
  63. Singo and Howard on Apathy
  64. Workers Party is "not just a funny flash in the pan"
  65. Singo and Howard on Decency
  66. John Singleton in 1971 on the 2010 Federal Election
  67. Matthew, Mark, Luke & John Pty. Ltd. Advertising Agents
  68. Viv Forbes Wins 1986 Adam Smith Award
  69. The writing of the Workers Party platform and the differences between the 1975 Australian and American libertarian movements
  70. Who's Who in the Workers Party
  71. Bob Howard interviewed by Merilyn Giesekam on the Workers Party
  72. A Farewell to Armchair Critics
  73. Sukrit Sabhlok interviews Mark Tier
  74. David Russell Leads 1975 Workers Party Queensland Senate Team
  75. David Russell Workers Party Policy Speech on Brisbane TV
  76. Bludgers need not apply
  77. New party formed "to slash controls"
  78. The Workers Party
  79. Malcolm Turnbull says "the Workers party is a force to be reckoned with"
  80. The great consumer protection trick
  81. The "Workers" speak out
  82. How the whores pretend to be nuns
  83. The Workers Party is a Political Party
  84. Shit State Subsidised Socialist Schooling Should Cease Says Singo
  85. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  86. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  87. Singo and Howard on Freedom from Government and Other Criminals
  88. Singo and Howard on Young People
  89. Singo and Howard Expose how Government Healthcare Controls Legislate Doctors into Slavery
  90. Singo and Howard Engage with Homosexuality
  91. Singo and Howard Demand Repeal of Libel and Slander Laws
  92. Singo and Howard on Consumer Protection
  93. Singo and Howard on Consistency
  94. Workers Party is born as foe of government
  95. Political branch formed
  96. Government seen by new party as evil
  97. Singo and Howard on Non-Interference
  98. Singo and Howard on Women's Lib
  99. Singo and Howard on Licences
  100. Singo and Howard on Gun Control
  101. Singo and Howard on Human Nature
  102. Singo and Howard on Voting
  103. Singo and Howard on
    Inherited Wealth
  104. Singo and Howard on Education
  105. Singo and Howard on Qualifications
  106. Ron Manners on the Workers Party
  107. Singo and Howard Hate Politicians
  108. Undeserved handouts make Australia the lucky country
  109. A happy story about Aborigines
  110. John Singleton on Political Advertising
  111. Richard Hall, Mike Stanton and Judith James on the Workers Party
  112. Singo Incites Civil Disobedience
  113. How John Singleton Would Make Tony Abbott Prime Minister
  114. The Discipline of Necessity
  115. John Singleton on the first election the Workers Party contested
  116. Libertarians: Radicals on the right
  117. The Bulletin on Maxwell Newton as Workers Party national spokesman on economics and politics
  118. Singo and Howard: Australia Should Pull Out of the Olympics
  119. Singo and Howard Like Foreign Investment
  120. Mark Tier corrects Nation Review on the Workers Party
  121. The impossible dream
  122. Why can't I get away with it?
  123. The bold and boring Lib/Lab shuffle
  124. Time for progress
  125. The loonie right implodes
  126. Max Newton: Maverick in Exile
  127. John Singleton on refusing to do business with criminals and economic illiterates
  128. Censorship should be banned
  129. "Listen, mate, a socialist is a bum"
  130. John Singleton on Advertising
  131. John Singleton on why he did the Hawke re-election campaign
  132. Sinclair Hill calls for dropping a neutron bomb on Canberra
  133. Bob Howard in Reason 1974-77
  134. John Singleton defends ockerism
  135. Singo and Howard talk Civil Disobedience
  136. The Census Con
  137. Singo and Howard Oppose Australian Participation in the Vietnam War
  138. Did John Singleton oppose the mining industry and privatising healthcare in 1990?
  139. Bob Carr in 1981 on John Singleton's political bent
  140. John Singleton-Ita Buttrose interview (1977)
  141. John Singleton on elections: "a Massive One-Day Sale!"
  142. John Hyde's Progress Party praise
  143. King Leonard of Hutt River Declares Defensive Just War Against Australia the Aggressor
  144. Singo says Lang Hancock violated Australia's 11th commandment: Thou Shalt Not Succeed
  145. Singleton: the White Knight of Ockerdom
  146. John Singleton bites into Sinclair Hill's beef
  147. Save Parramatta Road
  148. 1979 news item on new TV show John Singleton With a Lot of Help From His Friends
  149. Smoking, Health and Freedom
  150. Singo and Howard on Unions
  151. Singo and Howard Smash the State
  152. Singo and Howard on the big issue of Daylight Saving
  153. Come back Bob - It was all in fun!
  154. A few "chukkas" in the Senate for polo ace?
  155. Country Rejuvenation - Towards a Better Future
  156. Singo and Howard on Profits, Super Profits and Natural Disasters
  157. John Singleton's 1977 pitch that he be on a committee of one to run the Sydney 1988 Olympics for profit
  158. Thoughts on Land Ownership
  159. 1975 Max Newton-Ash Long interview on the Workers Party
  160. The Electoral Act should allow voters to choose "none of the above"
  161. The great Labor Party platform: first or last, everybody wins a prize
  162. The politics of marketing - laugh now, pay later
  163. Singo and Howard call Australia fascist and worse
  164. The mouse will roar
  165. Viv Forbes and Jim Fryar vs Malcolm Fraser in 1979
  166. Quip, Quote, Rant and Rave: four of Viv Forbes' letters to the editor in The Australian in 1979
  167. Australia's First Official Political Party Poet Laureate: The Progress Party's Ken Hood in 1979
  168. Hancock's playing very hard to get
  169. Harry M. Miller and The Australian disgrace themselves
  170. Ocker ad genius takes punt on art
  171. John Singleton 1976 ocker Monday Conference Max Harris debate
  172. John Singleton mocks university students on civil liberties and freedom of choice in 1971
  173. Murray Rothbard championed on Australian television in 1974 (pre-Workers Party!) by Maureen Nathan
  174. John Singleton profile in 1977 Australian MEN Vogue
  175. I think that I shall never see a telegraph pole as lovely as a tree
  176. Ralph Nader vs John Singleton on Consumer Protection
  177. John Singleton's first two "Think" columns in Newspaper News, 1969
  178. Singo and Howard on Ballet
  179. Product innovation comes first
  180. Protect who from a 'mindless' wife?
  181. A party is born
  182. Tiny Workers' Party gives us a hint
  183. John Singleton on the ad industry, consumerism and innovation
  184. Workers Party Economic Policy Statement, December 1975
  185. Lang Hancock on the Workers Party, secession and States Rights
  186. John Singleton and Howard on Government Largesse
  187. Counterculture must exclude government handouts
  188. John Singleton's 1974 Federal Liberal Election Campaign Ads
  189. John Singleton believes in the Workers Party
  190. Write-up of John Singleton's 1978 speech to the Australian Liberal Students Association
  191. Singo in 1987: "Joh doesn't go far enough ... I want absolute deregulation of the economy"
  192. Maxwell Newton chapter of Clyde Packer's No Return Ticket (1984)
  193. Singo and Howard on Totalitarian Socialism and Voluntary Socialism
  194. Rip Van Australia on Ripoff Vandals Taxing Australia
  195. Singo and Howard beg for tolerance
  196. John Singleton's 1985 advertising comeback
  197. Singo and Howard Demand End to Public Transport
  198. John Singleton and Howard on Fred Nile, Festival of Light, FamilyVoice Australia and the Christian Lobby
  199. Capitalism: Survival of the Fittest
  200. Return Australia Post to Sender
  201. Singo and Howard on Public Utilities
  202. John Singleton and Howard say monarchy should be funded by monarchists alone
  203. John Singleton on cigarette advertising
  204. Singo in 1972 on newspapers' demise
  205. John Singleton farewells Bryce Courtenay
  206. John Singleton on Australian political advertising in 1972
  207. Gortlam rides again
  208. Announcement that Lang Hancock will be guest of honour at the Workers Party launch
  209. John Singleton on trading stamps, idiot housewives and government
  210. 1975 John Singleton-Sir Robert Askin Quadrant Interview
  211. Singo asks two prickly questions
  213. Why John Singleton can't keep a straight face
  214. Why John Singleton Defends Smokers Rights
  215. Tony Dear on Paul Krutulis, the Workers Party and murder
  216. An Ode to Busybodies
  217. Progress Party and Workers Party lead The Australian
  218. How many tits in a tangle?
  219. Viv Forbes in 1978 on loss-making government, the Berlin Wall and misdirected blasts of hot-air
  220. John Singleton wants the Post Office sold and anti-discrimination legislation scrapped
  221. A speech from the Titanic
  222. A crime must have a victim
  223. John Singleton vs Australia Post
  224. Minimum wages the killer
  225. Has Fraser got his priorities all wrong?
  226. John Singleton says "the royal family should be flogged off to the U.S."
  227. John Singleton vs Don Chipp and the Australian Democrats
  228. John Singleton vs Don Lane
  229. John Singleton. Horseracing. Why?
  230. John Singleton's 1986 reflection on the Workers Party
  231. Bob Howard in 1978 on libertarianism in Australia
  232. John Singleton on the stupidity of anti-discrimination laws
  233. Thou shalt know the facts ... before thou shoot off thou mouth
  234. Charity: An Aesop Fable
  235. Bob Howard announces the Workers Party in freeEnterprise
  236. New improved moon
  237. Announcing people ... YES, people!
  238. Creativity in advertising must be pointed dead on target
  239. John Singleton on barriers to, and opportunities for, effective communication
  240. Wayne Garland on John Singleton on Advertising
  241. John Singleton schools ad course
  242. John Singleton: advertising awards
  243. Mr Singleton Goes to Canberra for Australian Playboy
  244. John Singleton on his TV career for Australian Playboy
  245. John Singleton sacked for telling the truth about Medicare
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  2. John Singleton and Howard say monarchy should be funded by monarchists alone
  3. John Singleton says "the royal family should be flogged off to the U.S."
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