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The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION | OURS & YOURS -

It prob­a­bly won’t of­fend him, but, prior to read­ing Sarah Blake’s ar­ti­cle, I hadn’t heard of Amer­i­can TV host John Oliver (“Last week’s new nor­mal is a con­cern”, 25/2).

Un­sur­pris­ingly Mr Oliver spouted the cus­tom­ary de­nun­ci­a­tion of Don­ald Trump as an “aber­ra­tion,” “a terrible per­son,” and pre­sid­ing over an “un­fold­ing dis­as­ter in the White House.”

How­ever, the TV host, from a galaxy far, far away also had Barn­aby Joyce in his sights, as well as Aus­tralia’s treat­ment of asy­lum-seek­ers, and its path­way to same-sex mar­riage. Mr Oliver, were you seek­ing a hy­per­bolic an­nounce­ment to the world of your ex­is­tence in TV land, you’d have done bet­ter with “that lovely guy in the White House, namely Pres­i­dent Trump”. Now that would have gar­nered more head­lines. ROSE­MARY O’BRIEN

GE­ORGES HALL

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