To me, Ad Astra, “Time to say goodbye” are among the saddest words in our language. Yet say them now we must.
I chose Ad Astra as my moniker because my secondary school’s motto is ‘sic itur ad astra’, which can be liberally interpreted as: “Here is the way to the stars”. How inspiring these words have always been to me.
As another year draws to a close, the future of The Political Sword
has emerged once more. As a glance at the archive reveals, it began on 13 September 2008, 14 years ago. Maintaining it for another year would be a formidable task; now is the time to wind it up.
All of us associated with TPS
are deeply grateful for all the time and effort that our authors have contributed over the years, contributions that now exceed over a thousand. They have consistently drawn attention from a host of viewers, who have loyally left their mark of approval.
2353 and Rob (Bacchus), you have been outstanding contributors to the blogsite for countless years. We are so grateful to you.
There have been many others too whose comments enriched the dialogue. We shall always remember ‘lynlinking’ with her engaging avatar who provided us with thousands of links to the contemporary press day after day, a feature that made TPS
a ‘must visit’ site. Then there was Patriciawa, Bushfire Bill, Janice, Gravel, Talk Turkey (Bruce Bilney), Ken, Acerbic Conehead, Maureen Grundy, Jan Mahyuddin, Grog, Phil Pryor, Hillbilly Skeleton, Nasking, Pappinburra Fox, Casablanca, Miglo, KHTAGH, Jason, Lady in Red, Catching Up, Norman K, Wan, and many, many others who enhanced the dynamics of the site.
Alex, fondly known to us all as TPS Monkey
, you have serviced TPS
diligently throughout its long life. You have earned our eternal gratitude for all you have done to support it. Thank you! Thank you!
Politics, while interesting, is consistently predictable. We see the political players go though the same motions, over and again, always focussed heavily on their
wants and needs.
So is it worth continuing the effort we expend composing comments about what our politicians think, feel, and say? No!
We have a federal Labor government, and now an Andrews’ Labor government convincingly re-elected in Victoria. We can have faith that they will govern equitably, free of the biases that we have experienced with Coalition governments.
Marian and I feel TPS
has done its job diligently over the years and needs to do so no longer. We bid all of you who have for so long loyally followed TPS
a fondest farewell.
As we wind up TPS
permanently. Michael Taylor has indicated that he is happy to accomodate writings any of you wish to contribute. He has been a consistently loyal colleague and friend over many years.
Over to you, Michael.