||Issue No. 175||24 April 2003|
Interview: Picking Up The Peaces
Unions: The Royal Con
National Focus: Around the Grounds
Economics: The Secret War on Trade
International: United Front
History: Confessions of a Badge Collector
Politics: Stalin’s Legacy
Review: Such Was Not Ned’s Life
Poetry: Osama's Top Recruiter
Satire: Woolworths CEO Denied Bonus After Company Posts Profit
The Locker Room
Success Breeds Contempt
Join the Dots
Letters to the Editor
Success Breeds Contempt
In being as objective as one possibly can, and with total disregard of any apprehensions or concerns as to integrity, transparency, Good Faith or the lack thereof, and conditional on an aggressive, hostile and openly confrontational opposition, congratulations and an acknowledgment of successful electoral manipulation cannot be denied the newly elected New South Wales government.
Sadly this government only weeks into its new term, continues to treat the electorate with contemptuous arrogance. Is this a reflection of the bourgeoisie type of appointees to ministerial positions, and one can from a cursory glance of new ministers résumé's the revelations as to manifiested personal beliefs such as:
When the bourgeoisie sees power slipping from its grasp, it has recourse to Fascism to maintain itself."
While some toadies may be impressed with crumbs selectively tossed from the Ministerial Banquet table, there are others who are either sublimely ignorant or prepared to risk the effects of the Peter Principle, where in a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their "level of incompetence.
This principle is based on the premise that new members typically start in the lower ranks, and when or if they prove to be competent in the task to which they are assigned, they get promoted to a higher rank. This process of climbing up the hierarchical ladder can go on indefinitely, until the member reaches a position where he or she is incompetent. It is then that the process stops, since the established rules of bureaucracies make that it is very difficult to "demote" someone to a lower rank, even if that person would be much better fitted a lower position. The result is that the majority of the higher levels of a bureaucracy / government will be filled by incompetent people, who got there because they were quite good at doing different and usually easier tasks than the one they are expected to do.
It is in all probability the immutable actions of this principle in relation to the ALP structure that created a vacuum into which Cheryl Kernot fell into and was then unfortunately lost to Australian politics forever.
One ponders, who recently elevated to the first front bench of the 53rd parliament will be first to fall before the inevitable application of the Peter Principle.
Although I disagree, it has been suggested that the planned privatization of the Electricity industry will create a pit in which the Minister for Energy, will unfortunately fall.
The experience of the current Minister in Union management, particularly the main union player in the New South Wales power industry, and his excellent professional relationship with the CEO of Energex Queensland., and a past General Manager of Sydney City Council, an executive with an extremely forceful management style which was manifestly appreciated by the Unions involved in the implementation of Competitive Tendering during his tenure at Sydney City Council.
While the Privatization of New South Wales power industry does not necessarily mean a takeover by Energex , sadly it will mean job losses , and put quite succinctly many years ago by Issac Torrans Union Convener at Short and Harland "While the invisible hand looks after the private sector, the invisible foot kicks the public sector to pieces "
Was the John the Baptist style , 100day protest outside the New South Wales Parliament by the Gosford Foghorn, Edward James from Umina on the issue of "Liability Shedding" being a precursor to this proposed fire sale of a public asset, was this why some cowardly members from this house of ill-repute made complaint to the New South Wales police in an attempt to silence Mr James , through what he claims was an improper and inappropriate use of the Protection of the Environment Act 93 section 276 Noise Abatement Directive, for 28 days , In an attempt to silence his accusations and allegations.
Mr. James depending on family health concerns taking up his position outside parliament during parliamentary sittings in 2003 , and some encouragement from union members concerned about dictatorships and over legislation verging on repression by a tier of government that should be condemned to the dustbin of history.
As for the New South Wales parliament library most popular books,Goethe was the author of the classic "Faustus", which must be a well, read book along with Nicolo Machiavelli's' The Prince.
Goethe (1749-1832) - "Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers!"
Mr. James has a rather in your face Web Site with his views at:
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