“Welease Wodewick!”, Or; The Continuing Adventures of Hakluyt & Co.

    PILATE: Centuwion, why do they titter so?
    CENTURION: Just some, uh, Jewish joke, sir.

Eddington quits British intelligence firm over ‘conflict’
Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker
The Age
October 15, 2008

“PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd’s chief infrastructure adviser, businessman Rod Eddington, has resigned from the advisory board of a secretive British corporate intelligence firm after accusations that the dual roles amounted to a conflict of interest…”

Personally, I’m surprised to hear a man like Sir Wodewick has been wattled by a wabble of wowdy webels. Thankfully, Sir Wodewick’s ‘substitute’ as head of operations in Australia is Sydney-based former British diplomat Philip Morrice; if his resume is anything to go by, spying on private citizens is in very good hands. Further, and like Tom Switzer, Phillip is a Man of the People. According to TFG International Pty Ltd, Phillip may be found at the following addwesses on Stwuggle Stweet:

Director, PRO:NED; adviser with Blake Dawson; and representative in Asia-Pacific of Daniele Ryman Ltd and in Australia of Hakluyt & Co Ltd; Chairman, Renoir Consulting Australia; Director, Trust Company International; member of Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Merryck & Co; former British Consul-General, Sydney and the UK’s Directory General for Trade and Investment Promotion in Australia; held appointments in the UK Diplomatic Service in Kuala Lumpur, Caracas, Paris (OECD Delegation), Brussels (EU Representation), Rome, Lagos, Brasilia and Taipei; former Director, KPMG Consulting Australia. [Also Representative in Asia Pacific: Nicholls Television & Marketing.]

The tastefully-titled company Renoir adds the following information to the biography of Joe Sixpack:

He is also a strategic consultant with Blake Dawson Waldron, Sodexho and Laing O’Rourke Australia Pty. Ltd. …Having lived and worked in all five continents, Philip Morrice brings a truly global perspective to strategic issues of a political, economic and commercial nature, including interface between business and government at the highest levels. He has a strong record on trade and investment promotion activities and in dealing with the international funding agencies.

Like Tom, Phillip is not only a Man of the People (especially those belonging to TNCs seeking to obtain information on groups and individuals opposed to their enlightened sense of economic progress) but a Man of Letters too. And like any other person who is a metropolitan sophisticate living in inner-city Sydney who is not a metropolitan sophisticate living in inner-city Sydney, Phillip has ordinary tastes and regular hobbies. He’s graciously written about two of them: quaffing boutique wines and playing golf in exotic Third World countries. On wine:

Diplomat and writer Philip Morrice wrote: “I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the first to taste the ’87 vintage and to compare it with the ’85 and ’86. The earlier wines had already established their greatness. The ’87 is undoubtedly superior, beyond greatness comes perfection. This is what has been achieved with The Antipodean ’87…”

On golf, Phillip implores fellow CEOs to explore the exotic woughs in places like the Hotel Yacht y Golf Club just outside of Paraguay’s capital, Asuncion; the Aga Khan’s Costa Smeralda resort development in Sardinia; or perhaps play golf with a king at the Royal Golf Club in Marrakech. All this and more is revealed in Third World Golf, Chief Executive, October 1990: “So you’ve played the best courses, Augusta, Shoal Creek, Pebble Beach, St. Andrews, and Robert Trent Jones clones bore you silly. It’s time to try exotic roughs you never dreamed of.” (For a contrary view on the benefits of golf, see George Monbiot, ‘A Pox on the Planet’, The Guardian, January 1, 1990: “Golf course development is becoming one of the major threats to the environment and human rights.”)

See also : Hakluyt (Spies Like Us), August 5, 2008 | “revolutionaries into secret agents and secret agents into revolutionaries”, August 12, 2008 | When Corporations Spy, Antifascist Calling, September 23, 2008 | Hakluyt dons fishnet stockings!, October 13, 2008 | The Downer Age : Hakluyt & Co, October 14, 2008

To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Corporation was the guardian of democracy, to forget whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again: and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself. That was the ultimate subtlety: consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.

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I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2020 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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