This whole nit-picking back-and-forth about what Mr Howard did and didn’t know concerning the children overboard affair is really starting to get me down. It’s completely beside the point. In fact, I suspect it is exactly what Mr Howard wants in the run up to an election.
This is the point: Mr Howard could and should have known the truth, and he could and should have told the truth.
Mr Howard could and should have known the truth because all the key players in the military and public service knew that Mr Howard was making false statements to the public. Mr Howard claims that nobody told him that he was making false statements.
Mr Howard could and should have told the truth, because elected leaders of democratic nations are supposed to represent the citizens, not keep them in the dark, or treat them tools in a quest for power.
I am left to conclude one of four things:
Can anyone offer an alternate explanation that is kinder to our Prime Minister? I am distressed with my own conclusions and would like to believe my country is not run by an someone who is either incompetent, weak, a liar or worse. Give me an option!
Whatever the truth, Mr Howard’s handling of this matter has not displayed the qualities I would like to see in an Australian Prime Minister.
My current (paid) project involves interpreting messages that have been formatted for humans to read. Of course the format is completely documented and needs to be reverse engineered by inspecting a large number of sample messages. I've got all the sample messages sitting in a large text file, which I manipulate with Vim.
This morning, I found myself seaching through the file with this command:
It means "Find a block of lines that start with F and a digit, then scan forward to the next blank line and select the line after that." This is how it works:
||Matches the start of a line, followed by a newline - i.e a blank line|
||The next line starts with an F followed by a digit|
||Matches a blank line. '
||When the match is finished, set the start of match to this point. I use this because I don't want the preceding text to be highlighted.|
||Matches the whole line.|
+' after the regular expression tells Vim to put the cursor on the line after the selection. This gets the cursor out of the way so that I can see the selection easily.