When elections are held most people take a partisan position. Those positions can range from a mild barracking for one side, to outright political warrior hysteria. When the result is in however, it is considered good form to respect the decision, because the people have spoken, and their choice, no matter how dopey it looks, stands. This is the nature of democracy, and we are … Continue reading This Government Is Already Awful
Scott Morrison has had two jobs this year. One was to govern the country, the second was to win an election. He has managed one, out of two. Like all marketing guys he has a short memory, and he believes that the election victory has washed away all his government’s sins, and there is a new day. He is emboldened, and somehow believes that the … Continue reading Groundhog Day – The Usual Suspects.
So Labor lost. It was not a landslide, but it certainly ruined the party. Of course there were many reasons for the result, but they are only interesting after the central fact is acknowledged: The Conservative Party won, and Labor lost. So we need to celebrate the win for democracy, and respect the decision of our fellow citizens. It is worth speculating on the reasons … Continue reading That Was Awkward – For Labor
Changing governments changes the country. But it doesn’t necessarily change peoples’ lives, most of the time. This time it will.
Years ago we were all of the belief that Tony Abbott was unelectable. He was supposedly too crazy for the mainstream, too far to the right, he had let his real opinions be known, and having seen them, we would recoil. Wrong! He unleashed the crazy people, and we have been stuck with them ever since.Continue reading “Who Do You Want To Wake Up With?”
I started to cull my books recently. I find it is a trap, because once you start to pull them out of their hiding places, you are apt to find the going slow, and the dipping into books you have long forgotten can be like visiting an old friend. One such book pulled from a dark corner was ‘Travels with My Aunt”, by Graham Greene. … Continue reading Rita Hayworth via Graham Greene
As if no-one has noticed, the good people of Australia are heading to an election soon. This has given both sides the chance to present themselves in the best light possible, should they wish to, but there has been much pompous posturing going on, and a couple of gratuitous phrases have recently slithered their way into various politicians’ vocabularies. They are “I make no apology”, … Continue reading Politicians Behaving Badly
One of my daughters, a wise young head, when describing certain individuals of less than stellar intelligence, uses the phrase “he (or she) will never be Prime Minister”. It is a curiously descriptive phrase, because it says everything about limits, of intelligence, of ambition, of drive, of the ability to think conceptually, to radiate warmth, to believe in service to our community … Of course … Continue reading Tony Abbott Will Never Be Prime Minister (Again)