Thursday, August 14, 2014

Still the forgotten people

Just a passing note on how the more things change the more they stay the same.

    The Forgotten People - a speech by Robert Menzies on 22 May, 1942.
    "One of the great blots on our modern living is the cult of false values, a repeated application of the test of money, notoriety, applause. A world in which a comedian or a beautiful half-wit on the screen can be paid fabulous sums, whilst scientific researchers and discoverers can suffer neglect and starvation, is a world which needs to have its sense of values violently set right."

Actually, on second thoughts, although the issues remain the same, I can't imagine a politician of todays 'modern'* world even admitting to such sentiments. This speech was quoted in an interview of Michael Fullilove (great surname) by Richard Fidler on ABC radio on August 7, 2014 (

*I read an interesting article (citation needed) the other day on the misuse of the word "modern", in particular it's application to art and design. Apparently "Modern" refers to a specific period of time (early-mid 20th century), so technically correct when talking about new architecture to say "of a contemporary style"...

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