Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. The words of the American critic and journalist H.L. Mencken came back to me this Australia Day, as I was observing groups of males, in their late teens, roaming the streets up and down all day.
They all had huge Australian flags tied around their necks, in the style of Count Draculas cape.
They got more and more intoxicated (with pride, I suppose) as the day wore on.
And then, to demonstrate further how much this day means to them, not to mention the respect for the flag that was hanging off their backs, they started vomiting and urinating all over peoples front-yards.
I presume they were not Muslims, from the simple fact that their behaviour was not the main news item on TV that evening.
It is also highly unlikely that these scenes were only played out in my street on that day.
Still, dont hold your breath waiting for John Howard to describe such behaviour as unAustralian.
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