Last week in the Herald, Sir Robert Jones called John Minto "a screaming skull." Bob was putting the boot into those in society who challenge us with their criticisms and protest. That Mr 1% should laugh at those amongst the 99% who refuse to accept the power dynamics within society that keep the poor in poverty and the rich in Hawaiian holiday homes and lap dances should surprise no one. Bob is after all one of the entrepreneurial pirate class old boys who manages to exhibit all the personal charm of a sadist on heat.
The collapse of unregulated casino capitalism has wounded the Washington Consensus and has lead us to having 270 000 kids in poverty with the highest levels of inequality ever. This is economic doomsdayist stuff to Bob, and someone who has benefitted as mush as Bob has from the neo-liberal hegemonic structure sure as hell won't want to hear a pop looming to his bubble.
Listening to one of the 1% mock those on the bottom and denigrate the conscientious objections of a civil rights activist like Minto is Nero fiddling while Rome burns stuff.
John Minto may well be a screaming skull, but at least he's not a smug rich arsehole like Sir Jones.