Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Playing Politics a Deadly Serious Pastime for Some

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Playing Politics a Deadly Serious Pastime for Some

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I DON'T belong to any political party, never did. I care about politics though and I'm reasonably well-informed.

In days gone by, at USQ, it was appropriate for me to adopt a red and blue with green stripes approach to party politics. Universities have people of every political persuasion from west of Stalin to east of Genghis Khan and all shades of opinion in between.

A boss has no right to confuse personal opinion with professional voice when representing a particular organisation.

I get edgy, for example, when the Archbishop of Canterbury seems to tread a very fine line between personal belief and the need for a leader to represent the "party view".

When Pauline Hanson and her One Nation Party were all the go, I copped stick from the lefties for not banning her from the USQ campus. I took the view, so long as she didn't break the law or incite others to break the law, we should allow free speech to take its course. I, nevertheless, also got stick from the far righties for not actually inviting her onto the campus. You can't win.

I've always thought she had some very strange ideas and I can say that now because I'm not required to represent the view of USQ or anybody else.

Which brings me to a real fruitcake, Warwick Capper, God help him.

He missed the chance to secure miniscule support at the ballot box by the simple trick of omitting to nominate. This makes the UK's Screaming Lord Sutch and his Official Monster Raving Loony Party seem very sensible by comparison.

Over the years, the Poms have been quite good at inventing no- hope parties. One of my favourites was the "I Want to Drop a Blancmange Down Terry Wogan's Y-Fronts" Party.

Once upon a time, it fielded Billy Connolly's wife, Pamela Stephenson, as a parliamentary candidate.

Mind you since Ms Stephenson was born in New Zealand, is a National Institute of Dramatic Art graduate and has an American psychology degree, there is no knowing where the blancmange might have finished up. …

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