Patchy politics and diplo-schemozzle. Regular post for The Hoopla.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Labor, parliament, Question Time, Tony Abbott
Like so many of Kevin Rudd’s other hare-brained initiatives, this one must have been a good idea at the time.
It was the morning of Saturday, 24th November 2007, in London. A powerful sense of impending euphoria had made it difficult to sleep. There was no plastic Christmas tree in the corner of the room, and no presents to rip open (and I wasn’t seven years old), but that remains for me the only comparable feeling.
The title is borrowed from Bruno Latour’s slab of a compendium subtitled Atmospheres of Democracy. It’s used here to refer to Public in the sense of public discourse, public sphere, public debate, whatever, as well as Public in the sense of public versus private, public asset, public good, not yet privatised.