I previously mocked the twitterati for their reaction to the former Australian Minister for Education and Training exercising the lightest of oversight in vetoing some of the worst research proposals put to him by the Australian Research Council.
Not to be outdone, the author of a proposal (Double Crossings: post-Orientalist arts at the Strait of Gibraltar, LOL) that was specifically mentioned by the former Minister has now unloaded a dummy spit of his own (Fairfax of course, they won’t say no to such top-shelf content!). I’m not sure if the title is his or if the Fairfax sub-editor is responsible:
I kicked a winning goal only to have the minister disallow it
In any case, the article only seems to give the Minister more credibility. We now know that as well as putting together a research proposal that seems a waste of money on the face of it, the author himself is also definitely a spoilt, smug, crybaby. Not only can he not imagine that his work would not be adored by everyone else (not sure if the typo is his or Fairfax’s):
It’s ironic to see academic endevours double crossed by a minister for education who dismissed them on the basis of a nine-word title.
He also writes an entire “article” that whinges at some detail about he was entitled to his money, without – not even once – talking about the value of his work or why the Australian public should fund his hobby. I was not really a fan of Simon Birmingham, but I have to give him some credit for seeing through this entitled wanker and his attempt to fleece the public.