I have to give credit where it is due and this week this puts me in an unusual position.
Since I started this website last year, I have drawn attention to several of the more stupid things Barnaby Joyce has said or done (obviously not everything stupid he says- who would have the time) so I have to admit to being genuinely surprised and impressed with his response to the furore around Islamic migration in the wake of the Nice attack.
I usually think of the National Party as being even less progressive than the Liberals, but Joyce’s measured, sensible words put Liberal conservatives such as Abbott, Christenson and Bernardi to shame. He didn’t say anything especially insightful, just what many people know to be true- that all religions have their perverse splinter groups.
Obviously I have set a fairly low bar for Joyce to clear to impress me but I was really pleased to see him clear it by such a comfortable margin.