I hope those responsible for the safety of our royal visitors are alert to the potential for history to repeat itself.
In 1868, in Clontarf, Sydney, one Henry James O’Farrell, a Victorian of irish descent, shot the young visiting Prince Alfred in the back, in Australia’s first attempted political assassination. The spontaneous outrage this caused, and the general gratitude for the Prince’s recovery, resulted in an out-pouring of funds which led to the building of the Royal prince Alfred Hospital.
In 2014, Barry Robert O’Farrell, a Victorian of Irish descent, leads a government desperate to find a funding solution for its lunatic proposal to build a new hospital in Frenchs Forest.
As a precautionary measure, perhaps anti-terrorism laws should be invoked to lock up our beloved Premier for the duration of the visit. He might be happy to have an excuse to avoid ICAC, even for a few days.
NOTE: Within 10 minutes of sending this email, I learned that Barry O'Farrell had resigned, having been found to have lied about the receipt of a bottle of Penfolds' Grange wine. I resent the email adding "PS Threat averted!" in the header.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.