Saturday, 17 March 2018

The False Choice of Democracy

Today, the 17th March 2018 there is a by-election in the electorate that I live in. The last Member of Parliament had to resign due to him having joint citizenship. The High Court of Australia has made a complete and utter mess of the issue, but that is for another time.

The electorate of Batman, named after the explorer John Batman not the superhero, is one of the most left wing electorates in Australia. At the last election Labor got around 35% of the vote and The Greens got another 35% of the vote. Labor won the seat by around 1% because of preferences.

The area was once solidly White working class, then it became White and ethnic working class. Since the 1990's the south of the electorate has become increasingly middle class, with a large number of homosexuals, particularly lesbians. Of the 10 suburbs in Melbourne with the largest homosexual population, 3 of the them are in my electorate. The south is solidly Green, the north is solidly Labor, the dividing line is said to be Bell Street which is a major thoroughfare in the northern suburbs of Melbourne Although this election might change that. I live in the north.

Australia has preferential voting, which means that you can vote for anyone you like but you will still end up voting for the winner or runner-up. So there are 10 candidates, but in reality the race is between two, the Labor and the Greens candidate. I will vote Labor in 8th place and The Greens in 9th, but non of the other candidates will win, so my vote will continue to be counted until it ends up with one of those two candidates. In the last election more people voted Green, but more preference votes were for Labor, so Labor won.

When I go to vote in an hour I will get the choice between a refugee loving, Feminist women or a refugee loving, Feminist women. The choices are simply amazing!

The false choice of Democracy.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Fifth Birthday Upon Hope

Here I am five years to the day after I began this blog, I know that I have lasted longer than most blogs. I'm even more uncertain of the future than I normally am, it's been a tough year. On the other hand I know that there are a number of pokers in the fire, so wish me luck.

The Melbourne Traditionalists are growing in size, slowly, but we are getting good people, solid Traditionalist. Which has encouraged me to organise a conference which I must admit I'm really looking forward to. There are also groups in Sydney and Perth, who I hope to see at the conference.

A constant question I have is why do so few people leave comments? I really don't know. If you want to contact me my email is on the right side of the blog, just above my name. I do receive emails, but to say I get a handful a year is overstating it.

I have heard other bloggers say that blogger will one day simply disappear as it is run by Google and they are Leftists. Maybe, but I must admit I have never really had an issue with either Google or blogger. So I intend to continue as I have up to now.

I have had 148,386 visitors to this blog since I started five years ago, 44,000 this year.
In 2013 I had 15,000 visitors
In 2014 I had 20,000 visitors
In 2015 I had 30,000 visitors
In 2016 I had 38,000 visitors
In 2017 I had 44,000 visitors
As you can see each year has gone up, which I'm grateful for.

My most clicked on article is What do Traditional Conservatives believe? which has been clicked on 5,721 times. I have two equally unpopular articles 95th anniversary and Women in the military, both with 38 clicks each and both on the military.

My visitors fall into three main categories, Americans make up around 40%, Australians around 15% and the remaining 45% are from the rest of the world, non of them are over 10%, but Russia is close on 8%.

Here are some graphs that blogger give me:

Graph of Blogger page views

The biggest spike was in May 2017 and I had 7,655 visitors, the next closest month was July 2016 when I had 5,575 visitors. June 2017 was my worst month in the past year, when I had 2,178 visitors. The downward trend at the end is the current month and we are only 11 days in, so it looks much worse than it is.

Below are the top 10 articles that have been clicked on, with the number of visitors have has received.

What do Traditional Conservatives believe? 5721

Free trade versus protectionism 3319

Why don't the poor marry? 2829

Why do Conservatives believe in different social classes 2722

Feminism, why we are not feminists 2050

What is more important, the past, the present or the future? 2039

Housewives, good for the economy and society 1573

The problems of Monarchy 1523

The balanced society 1394

The discrimination of anti-discrimination  1171

This list will be different from the most popular blog list on the front page of the blog. I believe because that list is weighted towards more recent clicks.

I was told the different between a "Referring URL" and a "Referring Site", but I must confess that I've forgotten what it was.

Referring URLs

Referring Sites

Search Keywords

EntryPageviews maternity leave language:en
upon hope
free trade vs protectionism
free trade versus protectionism
traditional conservatism
upon hope blog
protectionism vs free trade
conclusion of multiculturalism

Here is a map showing the top 10 countries to have visited the blog in the past five years.

Pageviews by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
United States
United Kingdom

The United States, Australia, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany are all in the same position as last year. Canada and France have changed places. The Ukraine and the Netherlands are in the same place. China has left the top 10 and has been replaced by Ireland.

Here's looking forward to a bigger and better year and a big thank you to all of you who read this blog!

Mark Moncrieff

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