If each politician is like a character from a book, then journalists are, in effect, the collective authors of that book. Any examination of the character that Morrison had created would have to look closely at the journalistic habits that made his success possible. The notion of objectivity is important, but often is used as an excuse for uncritically repeating what politicians say. Too many in the media too readily treat politics as a game, with political cleverness admired more than substance. (The Guardian, Sunday, 7 November, 2021)

Sean Kelly

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  • Arthur Baker says:

    I bought Sean Kelly’s new book: “The Game – a portrait of Scott Morrison”. I’m about 40% through reading it, and highly recommend it to those who care enough about Australia to want to see Morrison removed from the top job. Sean Kelly’s work amounts to a forensic dissection of Morrison’s history in public life, his political method, his beliefs (in as much as anyone can nail them down), his slippery techniques of persuasion, his shape-shifting persona, his refusal to be scrutinised or even answer a straight politely-phrased question.

    The blurb on the back of the book includes this: “This is the story of … how Morrison’s approach to politics has become a dangerous liability”. The book will set you back $33, but it’s money I’m sure you will consider well spent. Please encourage others to read it too. I’ve recently begun my 50th year of residence in Australia (arrived October 1972 about a week before Gough Whitlam’s “It’s Time” campaign began, that was some wild time to rock in as a know-nothing new Australian), but I don’t think I’ve ever felt so strongly, in my 49 years here, that this country needs to be rid of its current PM.

    Australia cannot afford (and I’m not just talking dollars here) another term of Morrison and his mob.

    • admin says:

      Arthur,
      I intend to get a copy. I got a bedside stack from my kids for father’s day and am wading through them. I’ll probably need more by the end of the year or early next, and Kelly’s is on my list, as is Van Badham’s on QAnon. I am currently reading Kate Raworth’s ‘Doughnut Economics’. It is a superbly written book and is very easy to read, given that it is on the ‘dismal science’. I can highly recommend it.

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