Author — Wilbur Townsend

Author Archive: Wilbur Townsend

rss feed

March 23, 2015

According to Section 1.3 of Victoria’s Assessment Handbook, assessments should “provide an accurate and consistent measure of student performance”. It’s a cute idea, that we are examined by machines focusing only on what matters. It is also, of course, a myth.

May 18, 2014

Bangs is shit. His rapping is as ferocious as a Bichon Frisé, his rhymes as deep as a puddle of vomit. His millions of YouTube hits are evidence only of hipsterdom’s thirst for irony.

June 4, 2013

Why you should be angry at the Government for subsidising your degree.

May 20, 2013

Politicians and political hacks like to pretend they know much more about the world than you do. They use a whole lot of wanky jargon, hoping you think they are smarter than they really are. Luckily, Salient is here to fix that. Welcome to our guide to decoding the budget.

October 15, 2012

Paternalism is paternalism, and it is crude to dress it as anything else.
The public health belligerents are cocking their weapons. Proposals like fat taxes and the outright prohibition of certain foods are patronising, ignoring the value of our choices.

September 17, 2012

‘Hide and Seek’ is a masterpiece, and ‘Whatcha Say’ has less artistic merit than most dog poops.

August 13, 2012

The World Travel & Tourism Council expect only a 1 per cent increase in 2012’s British tourism spending, because the Olympics discourage the sport-apathetic from visiting.

July 30, 2012

WATER THE FUCK Water, I’m reliably informed, is important. Without it everybody dies quite quickly. Combine that importance with a hearty dose of racism and we can understand why, over the last few weeks, Tangata Whenua water rights have dominated political discourse. As the Waitangi Tribunal focuses on our country’s rivers, it’s time to ask: [...]

July 23, 2012

With banks, bonds and German bullies, the ongoing chaos in Europe is not only frightening, but also bewildering. Salient explains the crisis.