Tough time to be leader of a losing party.
Rees just got whacked, some woman who I know little about is new Premier of NSW.
He seemed to be trying to do a Turnbull (attack his detractors) except whereas Turnbull was clearly motivated by principle, Rees just seemed to be employing the philosophy of "if I'm going down I'm not going down alone". The result: whereas Turnbull went down in a wonderful cataclysm of bravado and defiance, barely
losing and coming out with reputation intact and repsect in the eyes of many, Rees forgot the whole principle/convictions aspect and merely tried to bully his way to a victory, and lost pathetically as a result.
I think, by the way, this paticular episode highlights the main difference in Australia and American attitudes towards governments, especially many Americans very, very poorly-thought-out astonishment at our apparent 'love for government'. It's not that we don't like government, it's just that out state governments are infinitely worse than the federal, and so we have to trust the federal to clean up, which they generally do efficiently. Certainly, the move to remove certain powers of the states and give them to the Federal is very, very popular at the moment (Bipartisan and Cross-spectrum support, although that's significantly easier to attain here than in the States). I think the differences lie in the subtleties and nuances of the state vs. federal system as well as the subtleties and nuances of our system vs the US system which you would need a parliamentary and constitutional lawyer to explain.
Last edited by Spark (2009-12-03 02:07:50)