TPS Extra

After a brief trial here, TPS Extra has gone live on its own site. Ad astra puts it this way:

TPS has added another component to its repertoire: TPS Extra. Older readers will remember how curbside paperboys in another era shouted: ‘Extra, Extra, read all about it’ as they spruiked editions of their newspaper that contained startling news. TPS Extra is TPS’s attempt to bring you the startling — in political commentary. We will not be generating news; there are countless news generators, and we don’t have the resources anyway. What we will be doing is dissecting the contemporary news from many sources, analyzing it, looking for meaning in the events, and interpreting what they might imply. We will provide links to the news sources and will often quote from them. The pieces will therefore be opinion pieces. They will reflect the opinion of the author, and they will invite your opinion.

It is our intention to post such opinion pieces on TPS Extra. There may be several in one week, or none at all, depending on what is happening politically. You will be able to read these by switching from the main site, The Political Sword, to TPS Extra. ‘Buttons’ have been provided on each site to enable you to switch from one to the other and back again as often as you wish.

Our Webmaster, who goes by the nickname Web Monkey, has skillfully designed the new site and the transit buttons. We are deeply indebted to him for his stylish design.

TPS Extra is now live at There are several posts there: four prepared last week to trial the new site, and two added so far this week that comment on Australia Day and ‘Captain Abbott. You may wish to read them, comment upon them, and rate them. Commenting and rating are done just as on the main TPS site.


12 comments on “TPS Extra

  1. Ad astra forensically dissects the process of changing leaders.

    …He was insinuating that the replacement of a PM, no matter whom, has the same or similar causes, the same pathology. His analysis was characteristically superficial, as this piece will demonstrate. He seems to believe that forcibly replacing a leader implies that the cause and the pathology must always be the same, the same as it was for Labor…

    The pathology of forcibly changing leaders

    An excellent analysis as usual from AA.

  2. Following today’s Liberal Party room 61/39 vote in favour of the PM on the issue of the leadership spill, the Liberals are out desperately spinning the result as a great outcome that has ‘settled the matter’.

    Having listened for some hours now to their feedback, so far there are three lines of spin.

    Ad astra at his best, again.

    Spinning the leadership spill

  3. Ad astra at his best again at TPS Extra: The lessons Abbott will not learn

    We all heard over and again that Abbott, and indeed his whole team, having ‘looked over the precipice’ and gotten a fright, have had a ‘wake up call’. Monotonously, Abbott himself, and a succession of Liberals, has told us that he is ‘chastened’, having had a ‘near death experience’. Many have said: ‘All of us have had a good, long, hard look at ourselves’.

    Abbott has assured us that he will be more consultative; that there’ll be no more ‘captains picks’; even that ‘good government starts today’!

    Can you believe it? Now over a year in power, here’s our grown-up adult government that boasted so arrogantly in opposition that its economic expertise would soon get the budget and all things financial into shape, engulfed in incompetence and disunity, cowering before a persistent media, like a schoolboy facing a stern headmaster, saying “I know I’ve not done well, but I will try to do better Sir – just give me one more chance – please!

    It’s pathetic, it’s degrading for Abbott and his team, it’s uncomfortable for the public to hear such talk from its so-called ‘leaders’, and it’s embarrassing to witness our elected representatives cringing in calculated humiliation.

  4. 2353 takes a look at the Qld election result from a slightly different angle: Premier Palaszczuk

    … Have we as a nation moved past the days where our political leaders are supposed to be ‘strong’ and ‘stable’ while making decisions that affect our lives with outcomes that we as a community meekly accept?

    Do politicians now have to listen and reflect the community’s interests and views?

    I certainly hope so – what do you think?

  5. Ad astra on the anger evident in Mr Abbott’s demeanour, words and actions.

    Anyone who has been watching Tony Abbott since he entered parliament; any one who has read about his behaviour during his days in student politics; anyone who knows about his boxing escapades during his Rhodes scholarship days at Oxford, will not be at all surprised at his angry demeanour this past week.

    He described his boxing technique as ‘the whirling dervisher’, an apt description. Flailing arms, resembling a whirling dervish, a ceremonial dance among some religious cults, were his line of attack, calculated to knock his opponent to the canvas, suitably bloodied. He continued this approach into his political life.

    Angry Abbott

  6. Ad astra at his best – “Given his flaws and his incompetent performance as Treasurer, how long can he last as our nation’s top financial and economic officer?”

    The electorate is entitled to expect that the nation’s treasurer has a grasp of economics and how to manage our 1.5 trillion dollar economy, but it is left disappointed with our Treasurer-for-the-time-being, Joe Hockey.

    Why is he so inept? Why is he taking so long to awaken to the true situation this nation faces? Why has he not awoken to his own limitations? The diagnosis of his disorder is multifaceted; there are several co-morbidities. This piece attempts to describe them.

    Awaiting Hockey’s Awakening

  7. Those who are aware of Ad astra’s background will recognise that this is his area of expertise, having spent 14 years as a rural GP and 35 years in undergraduate, vocational and postgraduate medical education for family medicine.

    So if I were Bill Shorten, I would completely abandon the Coalition ploy of penalising patients and their doctors to save money. I would put aside all the apprehension about tax increases that so scare politicians, firmly grasp this prickly nettle, lay out the case for properly funding healthcare to meet our needs, needs that will magnify as we age, explain carefully what benefits will be offered to all who live in this country, then with the help of actuaries spell out what it will cost now and in the years ahead, and finally make clear how gradual increases to the Medicare levy would cover that cost. That would take courage, but the people just might buy it.

    If I were Bill Shorten – on healthcare

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