retirement" are indications of "best" in Australian Prime
Ministers, then R.G (Bob) Menzies takes the prize.
what were the marks of his ministry?
of my major objections to our media is that it is becoming "Narrative Driven".
Journalists are horrified. They must manipulate the narrative to
produce a desired outcome in the public. So (in the subtlest
form) they report only the "positive" facts, and brush over or ignore
"negative" facts. In the less subtler forms, they just lie.
so departed John Howard, Kevin Rudd, (He was unpopular.), Julia Gillard
and Tony Abbott (Very unpopular).
in 2009 then opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull had a bad trust play
with Godwin Grech.
Malcolm got dumped & Abbott was captain when the elections happened.
is bad for Narrative Journalists. He is honest. No good
stories. Not a persuasive speaker. Said what he planned and
did it. Not much gossip. So he got very negative
narratives. Nothing bad that he did, just negative
interpretations of his activity. "Those poor boat refugees" to
which Abbott responded "Better than drowning". Or
"Misogynist" (Ye gods, with 3 daughters!).
the drip drip
of narrators, and then, as happened to Rudd before him, the weak kneed
pollies of his own party dumped Tony for Angel Malcolm.
the Narrators have not finished. Now Malcolm is under siege for
inactivity. They want him (i.e. the "enlightened" who run our
media) to raise the GST, And call a double dissolution to
reinstall the Fair Work Commission and associated courts. They
claim he is not acting.
act. Raising the GST is a sure path to political death.
Raising any tax will be unpopular. (That is what elimination of
negative gearing is equivalent to. You have gained kudos for
that.) Just sit tight, keep the pressure on the CFMEU and stay
out of the news.
Last month I mentioned FLUX to David Leyonhjelm. I recently attended a FLUX meeting in Sydney.
meet was packed with computer nerds who were beguiled by the
"blockchain" association to voting. Blockchain is a secure
distributed database system and the basis of bitcoin. Also
present were a few political groupies.
suggestion was that the voting system they propose should be on
display. Perhaps to make group decisions about policy or
representatives. I argued that exposure of the online voting
technology in that way was the way to win votes. Give the public
an application that they can download to their phone or computer to
the software does not yet exist, and that suggestion would have
required more resources than this fledgling party had.
My suggestion to every person who holds a
political position anywhere is that they should offer a secure polling
application to their electorate. I suggest the following model:
So any takers? It would of course mean a huge
reduction of power & responsibility and a majority of the other
perks of office.
we can anticipate that those who hold the power behind the thrones will
object strongly. Those kingmakers are, however, losing their grip
already. The internet is destroying the mass media who employ
& own the opinion makers. For instance, there are rumours
that the SMH will close after the next Federal election. Printed
media is dying fast. Online media sites are not successful.
Even TV and radio have shrinking audiences.
The new media is facebook.