“To the Oz: Stop this nonsense. We already have the ABC”

Following up on Is it The Age or The Oz?, the first of the articles is from The Australian: Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews promoted after she made my life hell, says female staffer. You would not think the rest of the subscribers liked the news balance reflected by the story – front page even – than I did. These are in order from the Best Liked on down:

Is this what it’s come to?  The Australian publishing every grievance and complaint as though it’s news?  It’s not. This is an HR matter. Please focus on actual news. 

Couple of comments – what about the other side of the story? Having been a public servant for 30+ years, is the complainant ‘over the hill’ and stuck in a old school rut?  Job performance not up to scratch? Getting ignored because younger, fresher talent is seen as a threat? A mature, experienced operative should have been able to manage the situation to recovery. Secondly, those that are pushing for quotas need to reflect on the inherent risk of female to female conflicts like this situation. In my working life (45 years in banking and finance) the most difficult situations I faced were in the majority, females fighting amongst themselves. The blokes just flared up one day and had a drink the next.

A busy person with big responsibilities will always be focused which often leads to abrupt behaviour and little time for niceties.  They are not necessarily bullying, they simply cannot babysit the feelings of everyone on their staff, no time and no interest.  Positions of heavy responsibility are pressure cooker – if staff are offended maybe they are in the wrong job.

It is truly amazing that all perceived problems. irregularities and complaints seem to be only reported if they are on the government side. It must be truly boring on the Labor side. All champagne and roses. Nothing to see here so to speak or is it too dangerous to speak out ??

To the Oz: Stop this nonsense. We already have the ABC.

I am the victim, I am the victim. What a culture we are degenerating into.

Everybody has upset someone, somewhere at some time some where along the line. My 45 years of business experience has taught me that if you have to “get up someone” it means that “someone” has not done their job. Of course every employee who has been told off by the “boss” feels like they have been “humiliated and victimised” Maybe, just maybe this advisor was not up to the job? Maybe she is a case of Peter’s Principle? There are always two sides to every story. 

Could someone please get back to running the country?

Employees, particularly those in the PS, today work in a fluffy, cosseted little cocoon of sweetness and soft light, inured from the rigours and arrows of life. The slightest hint of unpleasantness and they’re off to HR closely followed by a pack of baying ABC reporters.

“He said … she said …” Is anyone else getting a little tired of this?

I have trouble understanding this world of allegation we live in, where unnamed sources and unverified statements that cannot be corroborated, are the central theme of an article. It just doesn’t sound fair. 

This is getting ludicrous, I joined the workforce 45 years ago and you just did your job without complaint. My boss bellowed and yelled most of the day but we respected him and everybody accepted it because he was capable and fair. This bullying phenomena is totally out of control.

So, instead of taking this issue to the Fair Work Commission, this person waits until the day the minister is promoted and goes directly to the media.  The only logical conclusion is that this person wanted to do the most damage possible to the reputation of the minister with these actions.  How do we describe that behaviour?

So, it took six months to take action. The alleged bullying couldn’t have been too bad. Politics is not a bed of roses. Except on pay days. 

This is exactly what happened to me after 20 years working in a corporate environment, where I had the respect of the board, senior staff and volunteers for the work I did. Then a new CEO and marketing director were appointed, both women, both half my age, and the job stripping and verbal abuse started. I finally left after a year of it ~ and since then four subsequent appointees have done the same. Female managers are not always manna from heaven. 

So, you mean to ‘say’ that all ‘abuse’ in a workplace is not perpetrated by men upon women! Who would have thought it?!

Yesterday, The Australian published a story in which it stated someone needed a ‘clip behind their tin ear’ and it often includes in its headline or the story that someone needs to be ‘slapped down’. I remember a headline that claimed “Turnbull slaps down Abbott” (an article by former Oz journalist David Crowe). So on one hand we have the media promoting physical violence and bullying by clipping someone behind the ear and slapping someone else down, and now another article about bullying by Govt Ministers. Is the media confused?

She clearly lost the confidence of the Minister. Happens all the time with CEO’s and Boards in the corporate world for reasons which are often complex and yes, unfair. 

In all my years in the workplace it has women bullying other women that was the most common and damaging behaviour that I witnessed.  It destroyed more women’s careers than men ever did.  However, this problem is not reported or given any prominence, probably because it doesn’t fit with the narrative that men are the cause of toxic work environments and that the answer is simple – put more women in positions of power and the problem will go away.

Cannot understand how fair it is that the “Victim” says she wants to remain anonymous but she can name and shame anyone she likes. There is probably two sides to this story but sadly one side can say whatever they like anonymously whilst the other side is immediately condemned and because of political correctness cannot defend themselves.

She said blah, blah, blah, but cannot be named. Allegations of this kind should not be printed, frankly the public have had enough.

Women aren’t always the victim you know.  They very much can be tyrants too. 

Here’s the thing.  Sometimes employees behave badly.  Employers deal with this all the time and it is not always the employer who is bad.  I disagree that the Australian keeps the complainant out of the press whilst allowing them to vilify the minister.  Either they deal with the matter using appropriate workplace rules, but when they leak to the media they shouldn’t be able to hide whilst vilifying someone else.  The Australian has gotten this wrong.

This simply is not news.

This is not remotely newsworthy. This an HR issue. Bullying claims happen in workplaces every day 

So what we are now hearing is there are female bullies out their as well? I would never have guessed. 

I love the way the media jump on the bandwagon and are ready to dish dirt but won’t name the person.  Just more muckraking by the media.  

Anonymous former staffers who hold a gripe are neither newsworthy nor proper sources for reporting. If you put one name on the record, put the accuser’s name on the record.

These days most disgruntled employees or group members who don’t get their way complain that they are being bullied. A boss expressing dissatisfaction with your attitude or performance is not bullying. Nor is allocating tasks to others rather than you. 

As I said yesterday some of the worst offenders I saw during my time on the hill were women. Bad women bosses generally think that they can get away with things because they are women.  Having said that, some of these advisers need to harden up. Politics is a tough business; it’s not the Holy Order of Saint Therese.

Could we have a deadline for next Friday to have all historical claims of bullying, rape etc to be lodged or summarily dismissed so we can  1  Stop the left tacticians drip feeding this on a planned daily basis.
2 Get back to balanced media cover of the main emerging issues which are essential for our future.

The first 28 were all taken in order but the last two were added just for the additional perspective they offered, but were numbers 31 and 32. There were also plenty more along the same lines after that. I didn’t get down far enough to find someone who didn’t think this was an idiotic story, filled with sound and fury signifying nothing. Will just add this, which was perhaps #100.

It seems like every day another negative story emerges about the Federal Government. There is a distinct effort by many to damage them in the lead up to the next election.

Exactly right, it seems to me.



Is it The Age or the Oz?

Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker.
Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews appears via video link during a virtual swearing-in ceremony with Scott Morrison on Tuesday. Picture: AAP

I now find reading The Age of a morning in no way politically different than from reading The Oz. Take this bit of nonsense from this morning: Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews promoted after she made my life hell, says female staffer. This mostly looked like a claim for Workers’ Comp but really seems to be just part of the job.

A senior Liberal adviser has taken stress leave from Karen Andrews’ office after claiming the new Home Affairs Minister bullied, humiliated and victimised her over a six-month period.

The complaint, first made by the long-serving female adviser in August and raised again on March 14, has come to light after Ms ­Andrews was promoted from the industry portfolio by Scott Morrison on Monday in a reshuffle ­designed to enhance focus on women’s issues.

In a letter sent to Ms Andrews earlier this month, the senior­ ­adviser — The Australian has agreed not to name her at her ­request — claimed the workplace bullying was so significant she was “suffering severe stress, anxiety, sleeplessness and depression”.

And this is woman-on-woman bullying. The story ends:

Ms Andrews was one of six women promoted in the ministerial shake-up on Monday — from industry, science and technology to home affairs — as part of Mr Morrison’s bid to neutralise the Coalition’s sexism row and after weeks of criticism about the government’s handling of rape and sex harassment claims. It increased female representation in cabinet to 30 per cent.

Some senior Liberal figures have privately said Ms Andrews was chosen for the role, above other contenders, such as Stuart Robert — widely considered the frontrunner but who became Employment Minister — in large part because of her gender.

In interviews over the past month, Ms Andrews has been outspoken about the treatment of women in parliament, last week describing the experience for some as “horrendous”.

Hmmmm. And then this: ‘Distractions posing as solutions’: Grace Tame criticises Scott Morrison’s cabinet reshuffle. Ms Tame was apparently Australian of the Year. She writes:

Ms Tame said improving the representation of women in the ministry wouldn’t address the abuses of power. She also accused Senator Stoker of endorsing columnist Bettina Arndt’s “‘fake rape crisis’ tour aimed at falsifying instances of sexual abuse on school and university campuses across Australia” and failing to support victims of sexual assault….

When asked by veteran interviewer Kerry O’Brien on SBS on Tuesday night if Prime Minister Scott Morrison was moved by her words after the awards were announced, Ms Tame paused and said: “moved, in what direction I don’t know”, to huge applause from the audience.

OK, which story was from which paper? If you don’t already know, I bet you couldn’t tell. As for management of our public affairs, what any of this has to do with anything is still to be revealed, although I was happy to see Peter Dutton moved over to Foreign Affairs.

The tragedy that so little is said and known about the many many failures of the left

Growing up at nice lefty, wildly expensive private schools, I learned history as a series of progressive triumphs over conservative intolerance.

It made me happy to know that was how the world unfolded. It made me happy to know I’d be on the righteous side. It made me happy to know that the good team would win out. Each day is better than the last, and the path forward is always clear.

Religious schooling does not impart that message. It can’t. The Bible’s myths are all about chaos and complexity, sin and redemption, destruction and forgiveness, cowardice and courage, idiocy, luck.

To instill blissful confidence in me, the educational system had to downplay or ignore leftist failure. Secular, liberal Americans like me are taught a very beautiful and simple myth. It goes a little like: every progressive program that has failed or caused suffering didn’t do so because of some flaw in the plan or some misunderstanding of human nature. It failed because of forces on the wrong side of history.

This is how the system popped me out, at 22 years old, with only the vaguest knowledge of why the Soviet Union was a disaster. I had absolutely zero awareness that Jews there had any issue at all. If any of this was taught, it was fast and light enough to scuttle across my mind without leaving a mark.

My ignorance hit me hard in my Jewish 101 class, where one student was the daughter of Russian Jews, but she knew very little about Judaism from her family. I had no idea Judaism has been illegal there, that the rituals and the community had been pressured for generations to erase all traces of religiosity, all traces of difference, any part of themselves that might be Jewish. I’d never heard about any of that.

“Why Do I Know Nothing About the Soviet Union?”, Nellie Bowles, Substack, Thursday.

Another troublesome fact has cropped up, gravely complicating the longtime dream of socialism. That troublesome fact may be best summed up in a name: Solzhenitsyn.

With the Hungarian uprising of 1956 and the invasion of Czechoslo­vakia in 1968 it had become clear to Mannerist Marxists such as Sartre that the Soviet Union was now an embarrassment. The fault, however, as tout le monde knew, was not with socialism but with Stalinism. Stalin was a madman and had taken socialism on a wrong turn. (Mis­takes happen.) Solzhenitsyn began speaking out as a dissident inside the Soviet Union in 1967. His complaints, his revelations, his struggles with Soviet authorities—they merely underscored just how wrong the Stalinist turn had been.

The publication of The Gulag Archipelago in 1973, however, was a wholly unexpected blow. No one was ready for the obscene horror and grotesque scale of what Solzhenitsyn called “Our Sewage Disposal System”—in which tens of millions were shipped in boxcars to con­centration camps all over the country, in which tens of millions died, in which entire races and national groups were liquidated, insofar as they had existed in the Soviet Union. Moreover, said Solzhenitsyn, the system had not begun with Stalin but with Lenin, who had im­mediately exterminated non-Bolshevik opponents of the old regime and especially the student factions. It was impossible any longer to distinguish the Communist liquidation apparatus from the Nazi.

—Tom Wolfe, “The Intelligent Co-Ed’s Guide to America,” 1976.

From Instapundit.

Keynesian malpractice started early

I don’t normally wish to speak ill of the dead, but with John Maynard Keynes I will make an exception. What has brought it to mind is this article today in The Australian: Investors could learn from economist John Maynard Keynes – and Winston Churchill. They do, however, admit at least this much.

A brilliant and well-connected academic, [Keynes] began as a speculator in the 1920s and initially did very well in a period that looks very much like our own, where new technology companies (auto and aircraft companies) spurred a speculative boom on wider markets.

In 1928 he had amassed a fortune of £44,000 but after the Wall Street crash of 1929 his fortune had shrunk to £8000. It is how he rebuilt his position and became a convert to what we now call value investing that is the kernel of the story. Over the next three decades Keynes evolved a system of watching and waiting for stocks he believed were undervalued by the market. He called them “stunners” and once he fixed on a bargain he went in big time.

Of course it didn’t hurt that by the 1940’s he was working inside Treasury and helping to design the budget which is part of the reason why he was able to die a wealthy man at the end of the War. But he took a bath not just in 1929, but in 1920 when he took down much of his family and many of his friends, as recorded here: John Maynard Keynes ‘a great economist but poor currency trader’.

The study found that Keynes “experienced periods of considerable losses in both the 1920s and 1930s. Indeed, he was close to being technically bankrupt in 1920 and could only stay trading thanks to his ability to borrow funds from his social circle.”

And even that understates just how catastrophic his losses were. And this was a man who worked in The City for almost all of his working life. The academic world for him was just something he did a few months a year. The General Theory is as bad for our wealth today as his speculations were for him and others while he lived. It really does irritate me to read about what a financial genius Keynes was when he was anything but.

A strong democracy requires a fair and honest press

Trump issues lengthy statement after The Washington Post retracted false quotes. This is the final para of the statement:

“You will notice that establishment media errors, omissions, mistakes, and outright lies always slant one way—against me and against Republicans. Meanwhile, stories that hurt Democrats or undermine their narratives are buried, ignored, or delayed until they can do the least harm—for example, after an election is over. Look no further than the negative coverage of the vaccine that preceded the election and the overdue celebration of the vaccine once the election had concluded. A strong democracy requires a fair and honest press. This latest media travesty underscores that legacy media outlets should be regarded as political entities—not journalistic enterprises. In any event, I thank the Washington Post for the correction.”

And in regard to an untrustworthy media, this from The Oz: Scott Morrison’s rallying call to MPs after ‘tough’ month

Scott Morrison has urged his MPs to support each other after a ‘tough’ month, amid calls from within the Coalition for the parties to push back against claims of being ‘anti-women’.

The Australian leads the way in its anti-government “anti-woman” slant with the ABC doing all it can to keep up. Todays’ front page, for example.

There are a thousand things that might be said about the PM but being “anti-woman” would not be one of them.

The ABC is your sworn enemy so why don’t you do something about it?

If this doesn’t finally get the Government to start defending itself, what will? The Government gives these far-left scum at the ABC free rein to say and do what they like with no consequences. Why don’t they finally, at long last, do something to make the collective at the ABC start to worry that maybe, just maybe, there might be something they might actually lose by behaving the way they do? Facebook you will stand up to but not an organisation that is your most bitter and resolute enemy, and one you fund to the tune of a billion a year.

This is from Bettina Arndt’s latest Newsletter [newsletter@bettinaarndt.com.au]. News Limited is a private sector media organisation so can bend and distort the news as they please. But the ABC is paid for by the Commonwealth down to the last paper clip. Until Andrew Bolt has a 7:00 pm weekly show on the ABC, nothing is going to change and they will keep belting you like the punch-drunk cowards you seem to be. This is what Bettina writes, among much else.

What we have just witnessed this week in Canberra was … a shameful feeding frenzy by a partisan media determined to take out Attorney General Christian Porter and hence the Federal government….

“For years now, activists have been working hard to undermine the authority of our justice system by alleging rape victims don’t receive fair treatment, that rape is rarely reported, and wrongly asserting that convictions are rare in such cases….

“That’s been the overarching theme right from the start of this latest episode in the Year of the Rape Victim. The protagonists must have been disappointed at the short run of the Higgins affair which fizzled out remarkably quickly, despite the best efforts of feminist commentators to maintain the rage. So our ABC leapt into action leaking news of the upcoming 4 Corners Program based on comments from friends of a deceased alleged victim of a historical rape by a Cabinet Minister….

“No matter that the police then announced the case was closed since there was not enough admissible evidence. And that the alleged victim had withdrawn her initial complaint before she tragically suicided. And that her poor parents had not wanted her to proceed with the complaint, warning their daughter suffered mental illness and expressing concern she might have “confected or embellished” the allegations. And that her accusations against Porter emerged after recovered memory therapy, including hypnotic techniques subject to evidentiary restrictions in Australian courts because of their potential to affect memory.”

Are you that completely blind to what is going on? If you are not for yourselves, who are you for? They will take you down if you don’t start fighting back, and that is without any doubt whatsoever their aim in all they have been doing. If you are going to go down, this is the battlefield I want you fighting on, not some absolute concocted nonsense about what a cabinet minister was doing more than thirty years ago when he was seventeen.

LC the Cow

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Grew up with my back fence next to the Borden’s Dairy plant in Toronto. Funny Elsie the Cow should come to mind once again all these years later (“LC”, get it?). That the country, the media and our political leaders should be distracted to such an extent by any of this is a disgrace, but this is straight out of the playbook of the left. An absolutely empty issue of no serious consequence – what two staffers were up to in Linda Reynold’s office in 2019, or even more absurdly, what took place in 1988 when the Attorney-General was seventeen. But given foreign policy is beyond most people along with economic policy and the rest of the boring agendas brought before the Parliament, this is what has been brought before us day after day in one front page after another with the sole purpose of costing the Coalition electoral support. If there is a genuine political issue anywhere in any of this, I have still to find out what it is.

And while I agree with all of those who point out that this issue, and the way it has been handled in the media, does put rule of law at risk, I think the core issue is different. We are dealing with a typical effort by the left to hijack the debate into some cul-de-sac where they can show their supposed high moral standards without having to present a single element of a genuine policy agenda. They are against men raping women. Well, so is everyone. But somehow they can present themselves as on the side of the virtuous against the non-virtuous given how slanted to the left the media has now become.

Meanwhile in America, this is what happens: The Cuomo sexual harassment claims appear to follow a disturbing pattern. This, you may be sure, is not from The New York Times, Washington Post or any other American daily with a wide mainstream readership.

Bennett’s allegation of sexual harassment by Cuomo comes on the heels of that of another former staffer, Lindsey Boylan, who published an essay last Wednesday detailing her experiences of inappropriate sexual overtures by the governor, some of them assisted by his staff. Over her several years working as a special assistant to Cuomo, Boylan says she frequently received sexual comments and invitations from the governor.

He would go out of his way to touch her on her lower back and legs. He would comment on female staffers’ weight in front of Boylan and ridicule them about their sexual relationships – a pattern consistent with the comments described by Bennett. He once asked her to play strip poker on a government plane. He had his aides email her boss to ask if she was going to be present at certain events; once, a Cuomo staffer emailed her to tell her, at Cuomo’s request, that the governor thought she looked like a woman rumored to be Cuomo’s ex-girlfriend. “He said: look up Lisa Shields,” the Cuomo aide, Stephanie Benton, wrote to Boylan. “You could be sisters. Except you’re the better looking sister.” Here, too, the governor’s suggestion was not subtle.

This, on the other hand, is what you do get in The New York Times: Examining Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden. The opening para:

Ms. Reade, a former Senate aide, has accused Mr. Biden of assaulting her in 1993 and says she told others about it. A Biden spokeswoman said the allegation is false, and former Senate office staff members do not recall such an incident.

Whether I believe Ms Reade or not is hardly the issue here. The issue is that only those who are inclined to vote for conservative candidates actually care about such matters in deciding for whom to vote. Supporters of the left use such issues only as a means to alienate voters on the right from the people who will actually support a conservative agenda. Nothing Bill Clinton ever did in relation to “that woman” lost the Democrats a single vote among his constituency.

And what does she think about Craig Kelly?

News media, and The Australian in particular, continue its war against the Government with this latest screed: Normal people would be insane to enter politics. This should be an absolutely 100% anti-Labor article but somehow is not. This is why it should be anti-Labor.

“The announcement by Nicolle Flint last Friday that she will depart federal parliament at the next election is not just an indictment of the foul culture that women face in politics. Her decision is a reminder that politics is no longer a sane career choice for many clever, normal people.

“That reality is not just a problem for political parties; it points to a deeper predicament that threatens the good governance of this country.

“Consider what 42-year-old Flint faced.”

And what did she face?

“Vicious intimidation from haters within left-wing groups such as GetUp and Extinction Rebellion.”

But that’s not quite how it’s put. This is how it’s put.

“Consider what 42-year-old Flint faced. Not just vicious intimidation from haters within left-wing groups such as GetUp and Extinction Rebellion but outright hostility from moderates within her own party in South Australia.”

What the actual political issues were that led to these differences I have no idea. This is all of a piece with this, also from News Limited: Malcolm Turnbull calls for inquest into death of woman who alleged she was raped by a current federal minister.

And the sub-head: “Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for an inquest into the death of a woman who alleged she was raped by a current federal minister in 1988.”

I find all of this almost totally sinister, an obvious attempt to make voting for The Coalition toxic to women. Politics is a hard business for which there are no rules. That every party is filled with people who believe in Green New Deal idiocies and are terrified by the Chinese flu just makes it harder to find a coherent policy that satisfies everyone.

If Nicolle Flint really represents conservative views, why is she leaving Parliament? Surely it’s not just because a bunch of far-left wackos said mean things about her in public.

The Age v The Oz

This post is really only about the nature of the Australian media at the moment and not really about the issues at hand. This is from The Age/SMH: Linda Reynolds doesn’t deserve criticism: her response to Higgins rape claim was textbook.

On the other hand, this is from The Australian today: PoliticsNow: ‘Really sleazy’ — fourth woman accuses staffer after Brittany Higgins’ rape allegations.

Which seems more even-handed and which seems intent on damaging the Coalition? My only other question is how do we know – in fact, how do they know – that each of these women is referring to the same bloke?

Rush Limbaugh 1951-2021

From The Indispensable Man – Rush Limbaugh, 1951-2021 which you should read through yourself. I quote this only because of the Australian connection.

Throughout his entire time on air, there were genius GOP consultants who, in reaction to any electoral setbacks, would insist that what the GOP needed to do was come up with a way to ditch Limbaugh. As I said on air many years ago: Really? For almost a third of a century, Rush’s audience was over half the total Republican vote. How many do all you genius “Republican reformers” bring to the table? I’ve recounted previously the first time I was asked to guest-host, back in 2006, when I happened to be down in Australia and the Prime Minister, John Howard, asked me to some or other event a day or two hence. And I politely declined, saying I had to get back to America to host The Rush Limbaugh Show. “I hear that’s a pretty big show,” said the PM.

“Yeah,” I replied. “Twenty-five, thirty million listeners.”

“‘Strewth,” said Mr Howard. “Rush has more listeners than we have Australians.”

Indeed. And all these GOP clever-clogs never explain, once you throw Rush and his millions overboard, what’s going to replace them.

Rush made a difference since he put things into context which is what we bloggers on the right also try to do but without the wit and the range of such a unique genius. Didn’t get to hear him often, but read him always and each day. A great loss.


Rush Limbaugh Changed America, another article also to be read through. But this really caught my eye:

The mob has grown more powerful, more accepted by elite institutions. I wrote and Rush read:

“To some, the Mob is a symptom of disenfranchisement, urban malaise or institutional hurt feelings. The Mob, after all, only awoke after a questionable police shooting in London. Excuses all, of course. Nothing justifies this behavior in nations built on the rule of law. Excuses are paralyzing those with the responsibility of enforcing the law, both in England and the United States.”

So sad. So true.

We’ve seen it all before, and Rush was reading the full piece, including the conclusion about the stakes:

Sir Winston Churchill understood this. ‘Civilization will not last,’ he said at the University of Bristol in 1938, ‘freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them and show themselves possessed of a constabulary power before which barbaric and atavistic forces will stand in awe.’

Some of you agree with me that there are no coincidences.  For me, Rush reading the piece about the dangers of mobs burning down civilization, reading it to me while I was driving off to the other side of the world to fight Guam’s racially-discriminatory laws was no coincidence.  If nothing else, it made the 15-hour flight more significant.

Here we are, a decade later, and it has only gotten worse.  The voice that was our daily pilot is gone. Prayers for you, Rush.

It is hard to say exactly what needs to be said day after day in a way that attracts an audience. Indispensable men really are indispensable.