Freshly Doug Monday

T J Sengel

Very late, but it’s that time of year, so things may get a bit erratic! From now till Jan expect some interruptions to normal service.

The news that the Liberal party will gag candidates from tweeting brings them into line with Labor policy, especially around election times. There’s the mania to stay on message, and a desire to present a (false) united front on all sides. Considering how childish they all get at Question Time I can’t help feel this is really no loss to democracy.

And while we’re on the subject, is anyone else tired of hearing about how a hung parliament is a bad thing? It’s not: this is how parliamentary democracy is supposed to work, with shifting coalitions and alliances around every measure. It’s the standard-issue monolithic party discipline that’s a relatively modern and undemocratic intrusion. More hung parliaments please, and fewer one party steamrollers.

At least while they’re beating one another up in parliament they aren’t out on the streets bashing us, like Golden Dawn do in Greece, or sinister political thugs do in Ukraine.

An interesting tale of the Christian who couldn’t keep his religion to himself, or accept that other people have a right to their views too. This holier-than-thou individual was given umpteen chances to get the message, and he’s still whingeing.

A whole soccer team in Sweden definitely got the message: the entire squad was sacked for being homophobic dickheads. If the AFL would only grow a spine we could get some action on the Milnes and Ackermanises of the game before they could spread their toxins.

More firm action in the UK, too, where a drunk on an anti-gay rant has been sent to jail. We need a lot more of this in Australia.

And yet more good news as students on the Berkeley campus is California want to kick the Salvation Army off campus for their anti-gay stance.

Crowdfund du jour: iconic Melbourne cabaret venue/junk shop The Butterfly Club wants help relocating to a new cheaper venue. Give them a hand if you can.

And finally: someone should give this Gaga woman observer status at the UN alongside the Pope (she could swap frocks with him) and the Palestinians. She’s a one-woman diplomatic corps. Perhaps Hillary will tap her for the Veep slot on the ticket in 2016.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)