Are you that special person who - weary from trudging the endless superhighways - just longs to camp next to a glorious oasis of the mind? Do you desire to explore new frontiers, splash in shared ideas, fill your belly with the refreshing fruits of inspiration, and bask in the gentle rays of fond reflection?
Well, you can fuck right off. This, my friends, is not that place. This place is... The ShadowLands.
The first series for the year of Australian television's Q and A finished up last night after 16 episodes.
The ShadowLands has just completed an analysis of all the guests the ABC has had on the show so far this year. Assuming that someone who supports the ALP or political causes to its left are "lefties", and those who support the Liberal Party or political causes to its right are "righties", our major conclusions are as follows:
* Lefties outnumbered righties on the panel for 12 out of 16 weeks.
* There was balance between lefties and righties for 3 out of 16 weeks.
* Righties outnumbered lefties one week, (but the non-politician righties Susan Cato and Wendy Machin were both fairly restrained on the night.)
* 42 out of 80 guests were lefties (52.5 %)
* 27 out of 80 guests were righties (33.75%)
* 11 out of 80 guests were of indeterminate political persuasion (13.75%)
* Excluding the two Federal politicians from opposing sides who appeared each week, 27 guests were lefties, 12 were righties and 11 were of indeterminate political persuasion.
* Three Islamic representatives were given the chance to speak for the Islamic world, but no Jewish people were given a similar opportunity any week. One Jewish person who did appear, (Louise Adler) spread vile falsehoods about Israel that the show has yet to correct.
* Only one vocal AGW climate sceptic appeared, namely Andrew Bolt. This won't surprise anyone who knows about this.
The following is the data that we have used to make these conclusions. Please note, there were 15 appearances by Federal politicians from the ALP (lefties) and 15 from the coalition (righties) *. These are included in total figures. For the sake of brevity, we bring you all the other guests and our analysis of their position on the political scale.
We are happy to change these designations and our conclusions if readers can show evidence to make us change our minds.
Week 1 Peter Cosgrove - neither Fiona Wood - neither Tania Major - neither Tim Flannery - lefty Jonty Bush - neither
Week 2 Kate Carnell - righty Senator Christine Milne – lefty Paul Howes - lefty
Week 3 Leslie Cannold - lefty Jonathan Biggins - lefty Sabrina Houssami – neither (a bit confused)