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Posted on: 9 July 2013

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Allan Takes Aim is still in Free Speech Mode

When this blog started it was meant as a replacement for a weekly column of mine that for 19 years had been published every Tuesday in The Chronicle, Canberra, until 28th August 2012.  Unlike The Chronicle, the blog has been published almost daily and while I don’t like to admit it, like other mass produced products, at times the blog’s quality has been poor. When that happened, I began to question if I should continue writing it but was persuaded by friends to continue. Their argument: they thought it was an important avenue of free speech.

However, the original intention of the blog also was to give people wherever they were from and the opportunity to give their opinion on any subject ,provided it wasn’t slanderous or libellous . My own blog is apolitical so if I feel a political party or a politician needs criticising I say so and I do the same if I think praise is called for.

Although this can cause problems with friends fortunately they are people who know that without criticism or praise society will not progress. Indeed without criticism or praise, proposed solutions to some problems, if implemented, could lead to unintended consequences.

It would be hard to think of a previous time where free speech was needed more than it is now.  As man’s knowledge of the world and different peoples expanded so too did the need for free speech else totalitarianism fed by nepotism would have flourished. That it has not is due to free speech promulgating new ideas.

However that is not to say that many people in the world haven’t endeavoured to practice what can be described as benevolent dictatorship, the essence of politics. Can you think of a political party, Labor, Liberal, Democratic or Republican, the appellation doesn’t matter, that doesn’t say to people, support us and we will do what is best for you yet rarely, if ever, accept ideas from outside the party.

At the moment in Australia, Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is attempting to persuade people that he is the answer to their prayers by proposing that rank and file members of the Labor Party will have their say in who will be party leader. This, it is said is a new idea and part of a modernisation process.

But is it a new idea? As I recall, the Australian Democrats canvassed the views of every party member as to who they thought should be their leader. Perhaps this merely goes to show that Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was right when he said: “there’s no such thing as a new idea.”

That apart, perhaps the saddest thing about this proposal is that it seems to have been developed on the basis that PM Rudd is so confident of remaining PM after the next election that he wants to protect himself from being deposed in the same way as he was deposed in the past and how he, himself, deposed his deposer. But if only to show the venality of many party politicians members will likely fall into line behind each other and support the proposal, even if they don’t agree with it, merely to protect their status and power.

As for the next election, according to the latest opinion polls that every politician says are of no relevance, the battle to become Prime Minister seems to be hotting up. Indeed if politicians are serious about the reformation of government and with opinion polls now becoming the voters’ measure of who they want to lead parliament, perhaps the Prime Minister should be elected separately to other parliamentarians.

The result could be a better Democracy

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