Friday, November 27, 2009

"The Liberal Pary risks becoming a political billabong"

Typically brilliant - tough but fair - analysis from Chris Uhlmann:

At the heart of Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 is a brilliant paradox: if you plead insanity to avoid suicidal bombing missions then you must be sane and can't be excused.
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind.

"Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions...

Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.

"It's the best there is," Doc Daneeka agreed.
There is an Australian inversion of Catch-22: if you want to lead the Liberal Party now you must be insane and shouldn't be allowed to.

By that measure, Joe Hockey is the sanest person in the Opposition because he genuinely does not want to lead it now. But he may not be able to avoid it.


Read the full thing here.  Do it now.


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1 comments:

carbonsink said...

Chris Uhlmann is a climate change denier

His "typically brilliant" analysis should be read in that light. His disdain for "greenies" is obvious:

Many of his foes believe Mr Turnbull's politics fall somewhere to the left of Kevin Rudd's and say his view from the eastern suburbs of Sydney is not shared by most of his party base. That the ostentatious environmentalism worn in the coffee shops and boutique bars there is necessary luxury apparel, like an Armani suit.

As is his admiration for Tony Abbott, a fellow seminarian:

He is passionate, articulate and has the clarity that comes with certainty in your baseline beliefs.

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