The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Economist: libertarian leftism + neo-English pan-European sensibility

Classic critique from McCrann:

THE Economist has just published a special report on Australia. The report, in its latest edition, shows all that is inadequate with a publication that once had pretensions to be the world's next best English language paper. It is a unique combination of the libertarian leftism of capital city - read: Sydney and Melbourne - elites that we can read every day in the Fairfax press and the pompous condescension of a fly-in fly-out visitor from 'the old country'. This gives it quite a thick veneer of understanding of our rhythms. But a veneer nevertheless, and which is informed by The Economist's neo-English pan-European sensibility. The Economist, and all who write in her, have well and truly drunk the European climate change Kool-Aid. Thus the most "admirable and capable" federal political figures nominated are Malcolm Turnbull, "the impressive" Penny Wong and Greg Combet.