Dear Malcolm Turnbull,
Articles from The Australian Independent Media Network
In my last post on Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, I was wondering about the differences between science fiction, speculative fiction and fantasy. This book falls squarely into the fantasy category, exhibiting what I think could be considered its defining characteristics: an imagined society where some element of magic, or paranormal power, is at work in everyday life.
Politics is by nature adversarial. For all the noble talk of compromise, it is not about consensus, but conflict. It’s not about finding a point of balance, rather a push toward ideological extremes. In a two party system such as ours you can think of this dynamic as being something like a see-saw.
First, a riddle – what’s the difference between the two men in the featured image? I’ll give you the answer at the end, but it begins: “One is a man who misjudged the electorate and his political career is over…”
So February starts something like this:
Tony – I’m going to consult more. What do you want? What do you see as the way forward?
The Backbench – We want a new leader.
Abbott’s address to the Press Club was a “please don’t sack me speech”. He was begging for his job. It was not about popularity, but competency he said. The problem is just that. He has proven to be incompetent.
“I promise to be more consultative, more collegiate”. Mark Reilly pointed out that he had made that promise 15 times in the last five years.
Last night, we witnessed the first cracks in the wall of solidarity in the Liberal Party opening up.
Western Australian liberal MP Dr Dennis Jensen broke ranks with his fellow MPs and called for a leadership spill. He made the call in an interview with Leigh Sales on ABC’s 7.30. Dr Jensen stated that he had received many calls from other MPs, all of whom wanted a leadership change.
It’s in the air right now. You can actually taste it. The knives are out. The phones are running hot. How many more clichés can you fit in one paragraph? Politics can be a savage sport, a blood sport. And it generally is when opposing parties face off in parliament. But when the fighting starts within a party, when friend becomes foe, that’s when the blood starts to flow.
Paul Dellit has written some excellent political articles for The AIMN, so it came as some surprise that he is better known for his screenplay writing. Thomas Keneally, in a recent review of one of Paul’s screenplays I wrote: “I liked your screenplay and plot very much” and went on to describe it as “a very interesting and well-wrought script”.
Guest blogger Peter Martin offers a common sense solution to the new left wing Greek government’s ‘debt crisis’.
Peter Martin is not in anyway associated with, or should be mistaken for, the columnist of the same name who writes for Fairfax.
Today Tony Abbott addressed the National Press Club with what his colleagues were describing as a make or break speech. It was his chance to outline his plan for the future and to make his pitch as to why he is the best man to lead us into that future.
He then proceeded to spend the majority of the speech talking about the “Rudd/Gillard/Rudd catastrophe”. He obviously has a different idea of what future means than I do, or is it that that is all Tony can do?