Tuesday 15 November 2016
1 “Held to account” is an expression often used by the 4th Estate and oppositions to explain their responsibility in the affairs of the body politic.
“We will hold them to account for the decisions they make, and we will make sure they keep their promises”.
No truer words were ever spoken than the following. I have read none better to describe a government’s responsibility to its constituents:
“It is an absolute principle of democracy that governments should not and must not say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards. Nothing could be more calculated to bring our democracy into disrepute and alienate the citizenry of Australia from their government than if governments were to establish by precedent that they could say one thing before an election and do the opposite afterwards”.
Well except they were said by Tony Abbott, arguably the biggest liar to have ever entered the profession of politics in Australia. Yet strangely they incorporate the very principles, the standards that all politicians should abide by.
Sadly though, things have changed. As I said yesterday:
“In the US election Republican Donald Trump took lying to an unprecedented level. The same fascination for untruth by conservatives in America has been exported to Australia. We should all remember that when they lie they deny us our right to the truth. It is totally unacceptable”.
I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that if you embrace all the media commentary post Trumps (or even post Turnbull) election there is this overwhelming feeling that the principle of “Held to account” has run off and hidden somewhere. Perhaps its hiding behind a tree somewhere counting to 100 and waiting for the kids of tomorrow to go searching for it.
2 Speaking of mainstream media, Monday’s Melbourne Age had this to say in a rather good editorial:
“Media around the world, including in Australia, need to be alive to the rising discontent about traditional government rather than dismiss the prevailing mood as intolerance and purely populist. It is not just in France that far-right leaders are gaining ground”.
“Anything, it seems, is possible as the political certainties of the West disintegrate in the face of an unforeseen voter insurgency”.
“And there is a disconnect between perception and reality as the media has struggled to keep up with the change in mood. As people change the way they consume media, newspapers are not as influential in swaying sentiment as they once were”.
“The reality is that the majority of journalists are drawn from a narrow educational and social pool. The media in Britain and the US – and here too – have been unable, or unwilling, to read the tea leaves”.
Indeed, journalists at Murdoch’s media outlet have to tow the party line, but surely there are enough independent journalists and bloggers with enough integrity to ‘’Hold the Government to account’’
Trump may have won but it doesn’t change the things he has proposed and the vile things he has said.
“Confronting bullies and telling them what you think is the best way to approach them. I cannot find any good reason why anyone worth his/her salt should exempt Donald Trump”.
“The Murdoch News Media and large sections of the Australian Conservative parties are to be congratulated for their successful long-term character assassination of those who are different”.
And another from David Ewart.
“That a billionaire who screws his own workers is now the hero of many workers tells us much about the political backwardness of the American people”.
3 Malcolm Turnbull is saying that the transfer of eligible asylum seekers will take some time. He also said that…
“The United States government meets its commitments from one administration to another”.
In light of Trump’s proposal during the election about deporting millions of people it seems to me that he would be hardly likely to accept those from Australia.
This problem is not yet resolved. He would be better off returning them to Australia, then imposing a 5 to 10 year prison term on future boat people. No forget I mentioned that.
And of course we must consider that the US rarely does anything that doesn’t benefit them. Might we see an additional 10,000 troops in Darwin for example?
4 Why is it only the young that understand this?
“What the world needs is less nationalism and more internationalism”.
5 Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has insisted that the GOP has “a mandate” to reshape healthcare, taxes, regulations and border security.
I can never figure this out when more people voted against you that for you. How does that work?
6 During a debate Trump said that he would to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. He also said she should be in jail.
I wonder, like all of the other crap he espoused, if he will go ahead with it.
7 Donald Trump looks like appointing Myron Ebell to head his attack on the science of Climate Change. Ebell’s heads the Competitive Enterprise Institute which is partly funded by the coal industry and is linked to the Heartland Institute, a group that rejects the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change. One Nation is also linked. via Malcolm Roberts. Both are climate deniers of the first order.
My thought for the day
“I think acceptance and embracement of change is one key aspect of what we try to define as wisdom”.