Sunday, March 15, 2009

Peter Garrett's Bait and Switch

Picture from @theother66 and others

Not everyone is revved up about Peter Garrett. No doubt his one night stand back with the Oils will remind everyone how much he has sold out as a politician.

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Lilly said...

I dont know, I don't think he has sold out but I think he probably now has a bigger dose of reality and has had to balance his views withthose of the part he joined far better. Yes it would be good if green issues were all politicinas had to worry about but that is just being naive. An individual has to toe the party line because that is the reason the government got elected in the first place - on a broad platform. I am sure he is able to influence within the cabinet more than we will ever know. Peter Garret came into politics with all guns blazing and quickly realised life was not that simple. He had to learn to shut up because he was putting his foot in it more often than not. Personally, although I was never a big fan of Midnight Oil, I always liked him and what he had to say. Of course idelogoies sometimes dont crack it in reality. There is always a shiftng closer to the middle when you get into the practicalities of making things happen. That's life.

Colin Campbell said...

I wasn't in Australia when the Oils were doing there thing. Clearly his new role is very polarising for many Australians. I just think that it must be very grating for many who thought that he would take his lyrics to Parliament. Not sure I could expect that. It is just a huge contrast. I am not sure anyone else making the decisions that he has to would be held up to criticism in the same way. Obviously he is just parroting consensus views from the ALP party room.

Interesting discussion. Many polarising views.

Jayne said...

I'll be posting an entry on this today, Colin, but we were making digs at him last night while watching the Oils on tv such was the difference to see passion in him again!

Colin Campbell said...

We don't want all our politicians to be Wayne Swan. Why can't Ruddco loosen up a bit. I am sure that it will win some votes.

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