Friday 22 March 2013


YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO BE TOO CYNICAL TO IMAGINE ... is a guest post by my friend and colleague Colin Pearce on the farce that is Australian politics and the soap opera of same in the past few days.

Here's Colin

Let's say you were the engineers behind a political party and let's say you had lost the trust of 70+% of the voters.

Let's say it was the last sitting day before the autumn break of 6 weeks, leaving only 4 months to the promised election day after resumption.

Let's say one of your good old boys was either set to retire, or was likely to lose his seat at the next election anyway.

And let's say one of the previous leaders was getting more popular again but looked a tad disloyal.

How hard would it be for you to organise at last minute,

a 'spill' for the leadership,
to get the good old boy to call for it, and volunteer to be back-benched
to get the apparently disloyal former leader to not nominate and come out looking true blue,
and to organise no volunteers or nominations at the spill meeting
and emerge beaming, smug and say you are united, behind your leader and that loyalty, honour and good faith are your watchwords after all?
Just wondering ...

Shakespeare's sad Prince of Morocco when beholding the portrait of death in what he hoped would be Portia's casket, said:

'All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told
Many a man his life has sold
But my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.'

I would love to be right and equally I'd love to be wrong.

Above is typical of Colin's wonderful wit and wisdom. Get more from Colin here.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Hint.  Do the opposite of what most politicians do!

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