I would like to congratulate you on the hilarious and insightful comedy lift out in your first edition of the year. Mon Droit was without doubt a tour de force in satirical genius.
I was, I admit, initially confused when I came across a mildly damp bundle of them during O-Week. A new Liberal newspaper on campus? And emblazoned with the logos of SULC, the USU and the University of Sydney too? What an outrage!
But I quickly realised just how crafty you were being, Honi. Let me explain what gave you away.
First, your choice of topics was simply too unoriginal. The front page, attacking smelly socialists and the National Union of Students, bordered on cliché. The “editorial” managed to start on about left-wing bias at the ABC less than two paragraphs in. Seriously, if you’re going for laughs, you’ll need to try harder than a lazy and stereotypical puff piece about “Australia’s most successful prime minister”. A “candid interview with the Honourable John Howard OM AC QC BRB LOL FAQ ROFL” really isn’t going to cut it.
On the other hand, I did enjoy your parody article on “welfare reliance” (a term so obviously misguided I imagine even the most zealous of right-wing nut jobs on campus would surely be offended at your attributing it to them). As well, the Will & Grace campaign shots (of 2013 Union Board fame) were a nice touch as editorial portraits.
Of course, the crowning glory has to have been the front-page article on the need for transparent and rigorous financial management in student organisations. Attributed to Callum Forbes, the well-known SULS election fraudster and SULC’s prospective USU Board candidate this year, the article had me gasping for breath from start to finish. While your ghost writer demanded greater accountability and lamented that “Opacity is not a quality we should find in our student representative bodies,” I couldn’t help but be reminded of how Forbes obliterated the spending cap and doctored his receipts in last year’s SULS election before being disqualified. Ah Honi, I tip my hat at such underhanded humour.
I do heartily recommend that you keep up this new comedy section over the coming year.
James Higgins, Arts/Law IV