We are about to achieve a milestone: we are on the verge of averaging 100 comments per thread.
At the moment we’re 99 not out.
Considering the steady number of posts we churn out each month this is rather outstanding and a milestone that should delight both the authors and the people who comment here.
Of course, many blog sites average much higher comments per thread but they are not as prolific as us in the number of threads they produce.
If we didn’t maintain topics and discussions of interest that attracted comments/debate, then we’d never reach the figure we are on the cusp of achieving. Every one who comments here have contributed to our success.
I thank you all.
Our most popular topics have been those that debate politics. The thread that achieved the most comments was Nothing to See Here, a guest post by regular reader and commenter Tom R where we recorded an amazing 640 comments. Tom threw open the discussion on the Qantas debacle and the comedy performance of the Opposition in trying to get political mileage out of it. He wrote:
This is their ‘evidence’ that the government was ‘warned’? That, in the ‘warning’ that they might ground flights, they admit that they already HAVE ground flights. That’s not a warning, that’s a revelation after the fact. By then, it is already too late. yet the paper would have us believe that the Government were ‘warned’.
After both the PM and joyce came out to deny this story, tony abbott was asked if he knew anything about it. True to form, yabot had a bubble-head moment, and Labor picked up on that and pursued him all day in Parliament over just what he did know and when. He finally came out and declared that he knew nothing until the Saturday afternoon. Considering we haven’t got that in writing (or pledged in blood), there is probably a huge question mark over that.
A political thread came in at number 2 with 623 comments, my Open Forum: who would Howard back? where I wrote:
John Howard was due to speak at the Oxford University Union last week but cancelled his appearance due to flying home for reasons undisclosed.
The gossip throughout the blogs and Twitter speculated he flew home as a leadership spill in the Liberal Party was imminent. It was unfounded gossip, of course, and no such spill has eventuated. Nonetheless, it was fun to speculate.
Let us speculate some more.
Let us assume there is a spill, which cannot be ruled out entirely in the distant future, so I ask: “Who would Howard throw his weight behind to lead the party into the next election?” I’m assuming that Howard still has some influence in the party. He is, after all, always sitting beside the phone waiting for one of his underlings to call, seeking desperate strategies, of which Howard was the master. Maybe he still is the master.
Min’s political thread Friday on my mind: end of the political year attracted 592 comments and comes in at number 3. Min wrote:
It being the end of the parliamentary year, I was reflecting on the way that parliament and politics has been evolving – although some might argue “devolving”, mostly due to Tony Abbott’s failure to do anything substantial other than to pursue his Tony For PM Campaign.
The Opposition’s record to date amounts to one bill defeated, not one amendment successful and this is aside from constant disruptive behaviour on the floor of parliament, plus failure to enter into debate of any substance. In addition it would seem that apart from not being able to successfully negotiate with the majority of the Independents to form government, that nothing has changed. With the exception of one occasion when Tony Abbott lobbied Tony Crook to side with him and vote against the Malaysia deal, this being the Government’s first legislative defeat in the lower house, Tony Abbott has been completely unsuccessful in his attempts to influence the Independents. Whenever Tony Abbott yet again calls for A New Election, one can discern an almost audible sigh coming from Tony Windsor: here we go again…now offer me one reason why we should…
I hold the unenviable record of writing a post that attracted one sole comment, being for How social media can make history way back in June 2010. I thought it was a ripper of a video I had based my post on. After that I wisely gave up on that subject.