Try Harder, Clive Palmer.


When I was a primary school student, I would always sit next to the class brain, Rhonda, during test times. I had mastered the art of copying over the years, and always aced these tests, particularly the multiple choice forms as it was far easier to copy.

Once Rhonda wised up to my antics, she used to cover her work as she did it. So unfair.

I was reminded of this, this week after the speech that Clive Palmer gave in Parliament.He was quickly accused of plagiarism, borrowing heavily from a speech JFK delivered many moons ago. Clive SWEARS he didn’t copy, but I will let you be the judge of that.

Clive Palmer, 2013

In 1851 – a long time ago – the New York Herald Tribune had retained its London correspondent, a little known journalist, named by his mother as Karl Marx.

Apparently he was without means, his family was sick and hungry, he didn’t have any money.

He repeatedly appealed to his publisher Horace Greeley … to boost his salary of $5 a story, a stipend his close friend Engels said was the lousiest petty bourgeoisie cheating that he’d ever seen.

He sought another means to support his family, to find the recognition that all journalists deserve. So he was forced to give up his job at the New York Herald Tribune so he could spend all his time working on an idea.

An idea he thought he would leave to the world. An idea which became the foundation if Stalinism, Leninism, revolution, and the Cold War.

If only this bourgeois publisher and editor had treated him more fairly and listened to his increase for wages.

If only Marx had remained a foreign correspondent, the world might be a different place and the 20th century wouldn’t have so much suffering.

Clive Palmer

JFK, 1961

You may remember that in 1851 the New York Herald Tribune, under the sponsorship and publishing of Horace Greeley, employed as its London correspondent an obscure journalist by the name of Karl Marx.

We are told that foreign correspondent Marx, stone broke, and with a family ill and undernourished, constantly appealed to Greeley and Managing Editor Charles Dana for an increase in his munificent salary of $5 per instalment, a salary which he and Engels ungratefully labelled as the ‘lousiest petty bourgeois cheating’.

But when all his financial appeals were refused, Marx looked around for other means of livelihood and fame, eventually terminating his relationship with the Tribune and devoting his talents full time to the cause that would bequeath to the world the seeds of Leninism, Stalinism, revolution and the cold war.”

If only this capitalistic New York newspaper had treated him more kindly; if only Marx had remained a foreign correspondent, history might have been different.

John F Kennedy

From here.


But back to Rhonda, and I can see now why she must have been so pissed off. She puts in all the work, and I shared the credit.

I can empathise now though. The inter webs if FULL of people ripping off borrowing ideas from others. I have seen bloggers fight about it, writers have full blown spack attacks about it on twitter and even worse. Having said that , you are influenced by that which you consume. You would be a dickhead to think otherwise. Certain formulas just work.

I myself, have been quoted in papers without reference, seen many of my blog posts reworked by journos and popped up onto news sites, and none of it goes unnoticed.

Do I care? I could not give a hoot! It does me a favour.

It actually one of the things that drives me. Keeps the content coming, keep looking for my stories. There is a tale in everything we do. A lesson that can be learnt. A story to share. You just need to know how to grab onto it.

Like today. Clive Palmer has given me the inspiration to write this.…and try harder.

It was Charles Caleb Colton who once said that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

But to me, nothing beats candlelight and a quality ponte pant.