15 October 2007

cicada that ate five dock

That song, linked on youtube here, has nothing to do with today's post but somehow while in Sydney I was reminded of it, and hence the link to make your day. I always reckoned it was magic, it's still good.

Today two pieces of campaign material oozed into the letterbox. Kevin07 has a "plan" for "Australia's Future", possibly to follow the pointless trend to capitalising all Nouns until we could almost be Germans. A Trend which, if continued, will Surely Result in an even More insidious Attack of our traditional Grasp of Grammar.

Kevin07's pamphlet is a single folded A4 sheet which is the colour of (badly) recycled paper but makes no claims to be so. It just looks Cheap. It doesn't say Much and it repeats that he has a Plan three times. The local candidate, Ross Daniels, gets 1/6th of the pamphlet. We're going to maintain our national security, possibly by keeping the Iranians out of the Leafy Western Suburbs. It's deeply unimpressive.

Michael Johnson's pamphlet is multicoloured in blue and green hues, not traditional Liberal colours I would have thought, but that's because it's all about how only the Howard Government can "responsibly manage the challenges of climate change while protecting Australia's economy and protecting local jobs." That'll be all the Jim's Mowing franchises, I imagine, because everybody else works in town or at the Univeristy of Queensland.

In a first for any Michael Johnson promotional material, no photos appear of Michael with the PM, although Howard does get a quote and his signature reproduced. The rest of it is about what you can do about climate change. Ask not what your country can do for you, indeed.

So first round points to Michael, I guess.

And the national campaign? Tax breaks? Looks like any investment in any class of infrastructure is off the agenda for another few years.

2 comments:

That's so pants said...

Hi Phil

Jim's Mowing! I'm nostalgic for Noosa now. There's a 'Jim's' at the end of my Mum's street. And five dock, I mean Five Dock - I grew up not far from there.

Random capitalising afflicts Britain in a similar way, and the confusion over government and Government is enough to keep you talking all day, whether you work in local government, (as I do) or for Her Majesty's Government, as a lot of other people do.

It's a simple rule - if it's a 'proper' noun or a 'proper' adjective i.e. it is or forms part of a name, it is capitalised.

'The Plan' would only be correct usage if it had a unique identity - what are the chances? Sounds like a cheap trick to conjure phony gravitas to me by suggesting it might have the substance of say,

The Marshall Plan
G Plan
Plan 9 from Outer Space

xxx

Pants

That's so pants said...

Hi Phil

Jim's Mowing! I'm nostalgic for Noosa now. There's a 'Jim's' at the end of my Mum's street. And five dock, I mean Five Dock - I grew up not far from there.

Random capitalising afflicts Britain in a similar way, and the confusion over government and Government is enough to keep you talking all day, whether you work in local government, (as I do) or for Her Majesty's Government, as a lot of other people do.

It's a simple rule - if it's a 'proper' noun or a 'proper' adjective i.e. it is or forms part of a name, it is capitalised.

'The Plan' would only be correct usage if it had a unique identity - what are the chances? Sounds like a cheap trick to conjure phony gravitas to me by suggesting it might have the substance of say,

The Marshall Plan
G Plan
Plan 9 from Outer Space

xxx

Pants

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