Morning Herald's comic opera conservative columnist and editor of
Quadrant, the low-circulation journal of the rabid right has often
featured on these pages.
has it that The Great Fulminator is paid $250,000 a year by the Herald.
Nowadays he churns out but one column a week, so he's making something
like $7 a word. Nice work if you can get it.
is now much overshadowed in the Herald by Miranda "Tilly" Devine,
daughter of the Australian's veteran ranter Frank Devine.
years, Paddy's convoluted logic has brought Nick much pleasure. Here's
a selection ...
Great Quadrant Coup
Horror. The Paddy McGuinness/ Dame Leonie Kramer / Les Murray faction
wrest control of Australia's premier low-circulation right wing political
magazine from Melbourne's Tory intellectuals.
White trash faction captures control of Quadrant
30 December 1997
Fear and loathing on the fireline -- call for
conscription in the war against The Great Harlot Nature 13
rampage goes on -- Hayden, Pearson appointed to Quadrant
24 January 1998
Clean Air 2000 affair
In which Nick exposes how the NRMA's hired spindoctors, the notorious
international PR firm Hill & Knowlton, were behind the phoney 'Clean
Air 2000' campaign ... and the Paddy McGuinnesses make a Gay Mardi Gras
Greenwash 2000 24 January 1998
over the rainbow
22 February 1998
no show without Paddy
3 March 99 In which Paddy McGuinness embraces Germain Greer and
Nick remembers a few of the ghastly words the old groupie and publicity
hound actually wrote in The Female Eunuch ...
justice for all and malice towards none
31 March 1999 Nick writes to John Howard about the proposed preamble
to the Constitution and urges him to find a better class of friend.
flight to Timor
18 May 1999 Nick finds himself kicking Kalashnikovs and Paddy
McGuinness dolls out of a Cessna Cargomaster over East Timor.
Vichy Republic of Balmain Peninsula
21 July 1999 Joadja discovers the hidden agenda for the Great
Balmain Rebellion on Chardonnay-stained coasters from the Riverview Hotel.
in the ranks
11 August 1999 Nick gets totally confused trying to establish
just who Paddy McGuinness's financial advisor is in the Great Balmain
Burghers Rebellion ... and no wonder ... for a while the trail seems to
lead to the Macquarie Bank and naked bimbos at the Museum of Contemporary
a wilderness and calling it Order
16 September 1999 The TNI continue their rampage and Nick is hired
as a security consultant for the big Save East Timor rally.
fart of darkness
23 September 1999 In which Nick, Joadja, and Old Possum discuss
the hurt feelings of the Indonesian military and the Javanese elite and
a huge inflated effigy of Paddy McGuinness appears in the sky above Balmain.
Push comes to shove
13 April 2000 In which Joadja discovers Paddy McGuinness is the attorney
for atavism and the Rumpole for the reactionaries.
the licence test
25 May 2000 Nick discovers a very curious defence of teachers who
have sex with their pupils in one of Paddy McGuinness's columns.
flight to Versailles
29 June 2000 Crazy rightist commentator Paddy McGuinness and Treasurer
Peter Costello fly to Paris for the high season.
times they are a'changing back
24 August 2000 The Brushtail Café is trashed by a drunken mob
from the new-look Sydney Morning Herald.
Nick accidentaly came into possession of rightist columnist Paddy McGuinness's
nomination for Officer of the Order of Australia. Now he's free to divulge