MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR MORRISON
by Ross Sharp
“Catch-22” by Joseph Heller …
The squadron commander of the base in Pianosa, who was named Major Major Major by his father as a joke and was later made a Major by an IBM machine with a sense of humor similar to his father’s. He is disliked by most of the enlisted men in Pianosa because he was promoted so suddenly and he chooses to remain isolated from the other people at the base, letting Sergeant Towser handle the operations of the base. He doesn’t allow people to see him in his office while he is in his office, they can only see him when he isn’t there …
The immigration minister, Scott Morrison, is coming under increasing pressure to confirm or deny reports that the Australian navy has recently turned back one or more asylum seeker boats towards Indonesian waters.
The ABC reports that Indonesian police said two asylum seeker boats had been turned back by Australian forces since December.
But Morrison said in a statement that he would not “disclose, confirm or otherwise comment on reports of on-water activities”.
“With a little ingenuity and vision, he had made it all but impossible for anyone in the squadron to talk to him, which was just fine with everyone, he noticed, since no one wanted to talk to him anyway”, Chapter 9, Catch-22, Joseph Heller