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I am following tradition now, and a note on my own politics…

21 Nov

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As Mark Coultan mentions in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, the law and custom in Australia is for a blackout on TV and radio election advertising starting at midnight tonight. This does not apply to the internet, but it will apply to this blog. The next thing you read here about Election 07 will be after the election. I am thus following tradition even though I don’t have to. The picture on the right just fascinated me though. Also from today’s Herald, it was taken in Hong Kong!

Guess who I am voting for!

That’s my business… 😉

But it shouldn’t be hard to guess, with the proviso that I can’t vote for either John Howard or Kevin Rudd as they are neither of them running for Sydney. Tanya Plibersek will undoubtedly win, so my vote in that respect makes no difference. My Senate vote, however, does matter. This accurately reflected how I would normally vote, but I am highly likely this time to vote Green not Democrat in the Senate.

I mean, look at my profile, taken some time ago but still probably true. OzPolitics rated me as follows:

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I reject revolutionary politics

Despite that profile…

I did start (in my 20s) from a Liberal Party base and have moved left over time, mainly because in most respects I believe left is right! However, I remain what some may call a Fabian, or even a conservative. I do not believe in blowing everything up; sorry, but I do relate to George Orwell’s position:

…The immediately striking thing about the Spanish war books, at any rate those written in English, is their shocking dullness and badness. But what is more significant is that almost all of them, right-wing or left-wing, are written from a political angle, by cocksure partisans telling you what to think…

When one looks back at the twenties, nothing is queerer than the way in which every important event in Europe escaped the notice of the English intelligentsia. The Russian Revolution, for instance, all but vanishes from the English consciousness between the death of Lenin and the Ukraine famine–about ten years…

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot…

I sympathise very much with the position taken by After the Victorians by A N Wilson.

[I]n the years when other countries of the world had their civil wars, their Gulags, their Dachaus, and their Kristallnachts, it was the conservative, monarchical aristocratic Britain which maintained a political idea of personalized freedom, not merely for its own citizens, but also for foreign refugees to its shores and those in other lands who fought for freedom.

In context he is opposing the evolved Westminster system, which is also our heritage in Australia — a heritage I value, to the doctrine and practice of revolution. What that system has delivered is a rule of law, imperfect as it may be at times, and an ability to adapt with minimal pain and unintended consequences. I really believe in that. To that degree I am conservative. It may well be, too, that this is a large part of what Jim Belshaw and I have in common.

On Wilson’s book, see also this review. Definitely a top read.

Afterthoughts

If you have pined for election-free news coverage, go to the Australia pages in The New York Times where all this stuff has not been deemed newsworthy! 😉 I imagine they will mention the result.

If however you want MORE OzPolitics and some very neat analysis: Oz Politics Blog. The Bulletin Election 07 site is worth visiting too.

And finally

If one side allegedly has YOONYUN BOSSEZ & THUGGZ it seems the other side is plagued by racist lying scum only too willing to exacerbate then exploit our most sensitive and irrational fears and prejudices. Unauthorised, of course. And yes, the Liberal Party has disowned them… Or were they just caught?

The Liberal Party has expelled two members and notified the Electoral Commission of an incident involving election campaign workers distributing material it says is false and offensive.

The party says around five people were handing out the flyers last night in the seat of Lindsay in Sydney’s west, when they were caught in the act by Labor Party members. The ABC understands one of the people involved in the distribution of the offending material is Garry Clark, the husband of the retiring member, Jackie Kelly.

The flyer purports to be from the Islamic Federation of Australia, a group which does not exist, advocating a vote for Labor.

The Liberal Party’s state director Graham Jaeschke says the material was unauthorised and made without the knowledge of the Party’s head office.

“This is unacceptable behaviour. We’ve acted very quickly to fix this issue,” he said. “We’ve referred it on to the Australian Electoral Commission and we’ll let the Australian Electoral Commission do their job.”

Mr Jaeschke says the party does not condone the behaviour.

“It was undertaken without any authorisation or knowledge of the Liberal Party,” he said.

Bad spelling too. (Something should be done about literacy in Lindsay, or is that a problem for other Liberal Party supporters too…?)

Check Lateline later to see Andrew Robb trying to wriggle out of this. This is a bit more serious than a jolly jape, don’t you think? At the very least it shows how the PC-phobe’s mind works…

See also (not directly related but still relevant) At loggerheads with itself by Irfan Yusuf.

UPDATE SATURDAY NIGHT

KARMA! Labor has won Lindsay.

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