I will continue writing now that Molly Bloom has sworn she will go away. I am moved to this decision partly by what has happened to the Age and the smh which might briefly be described as Rhino-Hendersonism prevailing; partly by the likelihood that Pyne may go to gaol now for conspiracy of some sort and Abbott fall and the Liberal Party crumble, and the Labor Party in power for the next twenty years will need some ideas; and partly by my need to write, in depth, because I like to do that, on theatre and the movies. I am sorry for any anxiety I may have caused among those who were anxious and not, like Bananaman, rejoicing.
But my inclination is not to respond to responses any more. It is a waste of intellect and a sapping of soul I can afford no more in my late old age if I am to complete my Shakespeare trilogy and my novel and a screenplay or two before I am seventy-five and in my grave. If I do not keep to this vow I ask you to forgive me but that is my present intention.
Those I have banned will stay banned; but I will not officiously remove their blitherings, nor will I heed them or respond to them. I ask you also, those among you who care about quality writing, to give them a miss. Their attack on democracy has to this extent succeeded, for civilised discourse will no longer occur, or occur very often, in these columns and graffiti has prevailed.
I will let you know if this changes.