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"What it really is, is first you see something, and you like it, and then it's a mystery, and you go into the mystery -- and that's what's interesting. And the test of criticism is: can you make a case for it." -- Andrew Sarris "There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear." -- Daniel Dennett "Real argument takes time and practice. Marshalling our reasons, proportioning our conclusions to the actual evidence, considering objections, and all the rest -- these are acquired skills.
Easter - surely an appropriate time for Julia Gillard to break the mould of her prime ministership and declare peace. It is true that as the leader of a minority government and the first woman to hold the office she has been the target of unremitting hostility from large sections of the media. But she has certainly given as good as she gets.