Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;Or close the wall up with our English dead.In peace there's nothing so becomes a manAs modest stillness and humility:But when the blast of war blows in our ears,Then imitate the action of the tiger;Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,Disguise fair nature with hard-favour'd rage ...- Shakespeare Henry V
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What Mandela taught me was the bankruptcy of political extremes and the need for a national leader to work in order to bring everyone around.In the 1980s I was a Young Liberal, and bought into the whole notion that sanctions against South Africa were pointless. I bought into the idea that Mandela was a communist terrorist and that Mangosuthu Buthulezi was a good-enough replacement.
If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say of this or that event, it never happened — that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death?- George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four
Having played the press gallery when in opposition, the Abbott Government stopped talking to the press gallery while they adjusted to office. The press gallery acted all surprised and muttered darkly about accountability, as though they couldn't have seen that coming - but I dealt with that in two previous posts.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.- Matthew 7:6 (KJV)
This is no time to ignore warningsThis is no time to clear the plateLet’s not be sorry after the factAnd let the past become out fate- Lou Reed There is no time
Tony Abbott is Kevin Rudd. Yes, I'm serious; bear with me.Kevin Rudd was elected in 2007 because he was a more invigorated, less threatening version of John Howard. Tony Abbott won an internal party ballot on the same basis two years later, and then a general election four years after that. As Opposition Leader, both Rudd and Abbott promised the public they'd be more economically responsible than the incumbents.
I've heard it all before So many words Then you just close the door If you notice The changes that you fear But now it's too late to see I say, you say Weren't you listening Now it's too late You're not listening- Pseudo Echo Listening
The government, the press gallery, and the media strategists who work between the two have all failed this week, on all of the above fronts. In every policy area, the Coalition offered less than Labor at the last election: less money for schools, a lesser telecommunications system, fewer women in Cabinet, less overall.