I’ve just been chatting with Zeppo Bakunin about the Stainless Steel
Rat’s Weasel’s call for all Australians – even the agnostics and atheists, I assume – to get down on their knees and pray for rain “without any sense of irony or any sense of being anything other than totally serious”. Comrade Bakunin was ahead of me on this one – he actually heard Howard say it, I only picked up on it from this morning’s respectable broadsheet.
Zeppo suggested – very quickly – a list of other things we ought to be praying for: expanding export markets, an end to foreign debt and expansion of the manufacturing sector. Oh, and better performance from teachers as well – if God granted that one, we could forget the whole performance pay business. I can’t resist one-upping him there, and suggesting it might be better if we prayed for every Aussie kid to become a bright, eager, self-directed scholar and the whole issue of teacher pay would go away altogether – it wouldn’t matter what pittance teachers were paid, or what kind of monkeys you got for your peanuts, if the kids were really, really motivated to learn.
But why stop there? There are plenty of other things we could pray for – perhaps God could be persuaded to change the laws of chemistry and physics so that the whole issue of global warming will go away…
Enough from me. When you get down on your knees at bedtime tonight, what will you be asking God to do for this, his very own country?