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Former Prime Minister John Howard is the target of much left-wing hatred, for good reason.
Today, across Australia, state Labor governments and teacher's unions encouraged public schools to feature Prime Minister Rudd's apology to the "stolen generation" and to "educate" its pupils of the historical importance of this largely symbolic gesture. The kind of impetus and vigor with which this was pursued has not been seen in Australian life for well over a decade. Not even the "Public Schools: A National Priority" campaign was so shamelessly promoted.
Tonight I attended a Quadrant dinner where I had the great pleasure to have a informative conversation with a successful businessman on the apology and its related issues. He remarked that today's affairs have made a fallacy of the argument that the Howard government had offered very little in terms of bold policy platforms or reform and that therefore its November 2007 defeat was long overdue. Howard was very much Australia's John Galt: it was against his shoulders that movement leftists railed and to which he yielded not an inch. Howard's removal he argued unravelled that Newtonian relationship, foisting insane ideas, held back for 11 years by Howard, straight into the most vulnerable demographic - our children. Almost from swearing in of the new government, the leeching and corrupting the youth has recommenced.
It is not hard to see why Howard was so hated by the left: he was the centre-right's buttress against leftist stupidity and indoctrination. It will be a long three years.
Update 14/02/08 12:00PM AEST: The teacher's unions are striking again in Victoria. Admittedly this is a state issue, but highlights the regressive behaviour in Australia is getting worse.