Tim Blair


New Criterion



Saturday, November 23, 2002
YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT a bit longer to get your fangs into the Gastropod's gloss on Anatol Lieven.

In today's Oz (who says Murdoch lacks charity) the gaseous gnome has his column written by someone else, and admits it.

Of course the free lunch provider, a pathologist with another plan to dampen Australia's inland, gets a stroke in return.

SCOUT'S honour, today's column solves the world's water crisis. Apart from drought-proofing Australia, it will lead to the provision of an inexhaustible supply of fresh water for pretty much the entire planet.

But wait, there's more: one of the most elegant and important ideas since the invention of the wheel.

Which just goes to show that the Gastropod's understanding and judgment are equal in science in politics.

Good enough for the comedy section of the Oz; not good enough for Auntie.