Deadheads of coal wars aren’t worthy of a giant like John Monash
Almost on the eve of the last Anzac Day of the centenary of World War I, with the Australian Prime Minister about to dedicate a major memorial on the Western Front to the nation’s greatest general, John Monash, a small group of malcontents – double entendre intended – decides to draft Monash’s name into a political argument over … coal!
What a squalid exercise.
What a pathetic moment in Australian history.
To have pulled this stunt, clearly designed to undermine their own prime minister, serves only to prompt the thought that none of the members of the new pro-coal Monash Forum is worthy of licking the boots of a giant like Sir John Monash.
Why, they didn’t even have the courtesy of inquiring of John Monash’s descendants whether it might be all right to use the name Monash in their cause.
It wasn’t all right, it turns out, with seven direct descendants issuing a statement on Wednesday declaring “we disassociate ourselves specifically from the Forum’s use of the Monash name to give their anti-science and anti-intellectual argument an air of authority, and we ask that they withdraw the name”.