She Who Must Be Obeid from The Outsider
Kristina Keneally is the new Premier of NSW. With the second shameful episode in Australian politics this week, we now have ample evidence that the apparatchiks of left and right political parties are so far removed from the citizenry they profess to serve that they have disappeared from sight.
Long knives and short memories seem to be the go. Add to that a complete disregard for the empowerment of community by social networks, mobile technology and the culture of the ‘local’ and you have the recipe for the demise of parliamentary democracy.
Not that we will be sorry to see it go. What is interesting, however, is when and what will replace the two-party system and the party machines.
AS a first step look out for the proliferation of political parties in the next Australian elections as voters embrace pluralism in a stand against the Obeid’s and Tripodi’s of this world.