The Sydney Morning Herald reports today that Pauline Hanson, one of the most divisive figures in Australian politics over the last several decades is planning on emigrating to Britain.
If you’re not familiar with Pauline, she eventually founded a party called One Nation, famously lampooned as One Notion, and which appeared to be shorthand for “The Bogan Racist Party of Autralia”. This was a party and system of political beliefs not really seen in Australia since before the dropping of the white Australia Policy in the 1950’s. This worked on the basis that it was somehow fine to spew vitriol and hateful speech because to deny it would be “political correctness”. She galvanised our ironically named conservative party, the Liberals, into grabbing several of the core beliefs of One Notion and using those beliefs to sickeningly grab elections for all the wrong reasons.
As a parting farewell to Pauline, I nominate that on the day she leaves we all play the Pauline Pantsdown clip that was used to mock both her outrageous views and her monumentally bad way of expressing them:
Goodbye Pauline, take your racism with you when you leave – we don’t need it here!