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ACT politics

Posted on: 20 November 2012

Situations Vacant: messiah wanted for Greens Party

Environmentalism is both a political and religious movement. As with Socialism, Communism, Zionism, Fascism and a range of other political movements, it has given birth to sects that share some common beliefs but differ widely on others. In Australia one of its better known offspring is the Greens Party, which is making an attempt to establish itself as a mainstream political party.

With politics growing in importance political parties seek messiahs to preach and convert voters to their cause despite history showing that, except on odd occasions, the success rate of messiah led parties has been poor. The cause of this is that unless a chosen messiah has the charisma to keep voters thinking every word they utter is wisdom revealed, parties find themselves heading down Rejection Road, a thoroughfare well known to many politicians.

Even established parties suffer if their chosen messiah dies, retires or suffers political assassination as happened when Australia’s Liberal Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies retired after 21 years in office, the Democrats when Don Chipp retired and when Labor’s Kevin Rudd suffered political assassination.

It is unlikely that any future Prime Minister will equal or beat Sir Robert’s prime ministerial run because improved technology will make political messiahs un-necessary. Crystal balls also will disappear from a politician’s tool kit while political oracles will be replaced by pollytech robots.

This will happen in the distant future but in the near future the Greens seem fated to head down Rejection Road partly because they seem pre-occupied by environment preservation and climate change/global warming.

This first pre-occupation seems foolish. What particular environment do they want to preserve? Some supporters say they prefer the environment of five, ten or twenty years ago. A lovely idea but let me ask: would they want to live in an environment bereft of what makes life better today?

In any case such a want cannot be realised because environmental change does not happen daily, weekly or yearly, but minute by minute. So, for example, when a leaf drops from a tree it makes irreversible changes to the environment that are beyond the powers of any political party to reverse.

The Greens problem can partly be attributed to the recent retirement of party leader and messiah Bob Brown. Indeed without Bob Brown, I suspect the Greens would already have been consigned to the dustbin of history.

That they have adopted Labor party policies shows also that not only do they they realise this but also know that a couple of emotionally charged issues such as same sex marriage and euthanasia are not issues about which voters will go to the barricades on their behalf.

Unfortunately for the Greens, Bob Brown’s replacement Christine Milne, is capable but is no messiah. Even more unfortunately for them, when the dissenting views about alarmist climate warming from an increasing number of highly respected climate scientists receive the volume of publicity afforded the IPCC and themselves, having nowhere to hide their red faces they will need to put on hiking boots to prepare for tramping Rejection Road.

NB. Dissenters believe in climate change but not the alarmist predictions of the IPCC and Greens

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