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.
Lady VIOLENT BRADDON
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.
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.
C. F. COOKE-THURLE
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?
“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.
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee
Appeal for Australians
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