2011 Starts Well

A good omen for the New Year

As I observed in late November, the Greens are increasingly getting it in the neck. To start the year off,  the summer edition of Quadrant has published an outstanding article by Kevin Andrews  looking carefully at Green policies in some detail.

Until now, not much has been published in a systematic manner on the Greens many policy positions. This is a good start.

Despite the emphasis on the environment, “the Greens are not a single issue party”. [They]  are part of a worldwide movement that is actively engaged in the political process. As their writings state, this objective involves a radical transformation of the culture that underpins Western civilisation …

… at stake is the economic system that has resulted in the creation of wealth and prosperity for the most people in human history.

To round the New Year celebrations off, just this morning The Australian published a deliciously wry piece by the columnist David Burchell, summing up Green policies as a morality play between prudes and coquettes.

The prude pretends to a purity they do not and cannot really possess, while the coquette promises delights they are not really prepared to deliver. Each practises the same self-conceit, albeit in equal and opposite measure.

I feel this year is off to a good start.

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