It was twelve years ago that I wrote ‘Is adversarial politics
damaging our democracy?’ Some of that piece is reproduced
below because recent political events demonstrate that its
messages are as relevant today as they were then.
If you said that someone has money to burn, you mean that
they have far more money than they need or that they simply
spend their money on things that you think are unnecessary
or not socially acceptable.
Don’t get me wrong. Trump is not the dilemma to which I’m referring. His
behaviour is no longer a quandary. With every word he utters, with every
tweet, he confirms that his mental state continues to deteriorate to the point
where commentator after commentator expresses astonishment and alarm at his
outlandish reactions to the social and political environment in which he finds himself.
When Prime Minister Morrison was advised there was the risk of uncontrolled
spread of a deadly pandemic on the horizon early this year, he was slightly
wiser than at Christmas when he left a burning Australia in the ‘capable’
hands of Deputy Prime Minister and National Party Leader Michael McCormack.
There has been general praise for the Australian Governments
(at all levels) and their management of the COVID19 pandemic.
While the politicians signed off on the decisions, they listened to
and generally acted on the advice of the state and federal CMOs.