||Issue No. 210||27 February 2004|
Rock Of Ages
Interview: Trading in Principle
Unions: While We Were Away
Politics: Follow the Leader
Bad Boss: Safety Recidivist Fingered
Economics: Casualisation Shrouded In Myths
History: Worker Control Harco Style
Review: Other Side Of The Harbour
Taking The Piss
Tom Goes Off I
Tom Goes Off II
Letters to the Editor
Tom Goes Off I
While it is indisputable that the landscape of State and Local government politics is littered with many self promoting pigs ,these complimented by intellectual, moral and incompetent political derelicts, the letter,
„Bailey a tireless representative‰, Press February 20 , 2004 , although reflective of community appreciation, and is indicative of his alienation from this group , it certainly does not do sufficient justice to the „Dion Quixote‰ efforts of Councilor Bailey , who has on many occasions and perhaps to his personal cost, personified the altruistic individuality which epitomizes the Australian or Anzac spirit.
These attributes contrast even more favorably when compared with much of the past present and future landscape of New South Wales parochial politics, these behaviors acted out in front of or on behalf of a chaotic backdrop of Machiavellian intrigue and subterfuge which appears to be in the process of disenfranchising all New South Wales ratepayers through, forced Council amalgamations for no other apparent reason than an perceptible gerrymander of the electoral boundaries , this giving one political party a control far in excess of that sought by the notorious Boss Tweed of New York‚s Tammany Hall.
This has motivated many political and social commentators to suggest that voters indicate their displeasure to these faceless political and highly strung social engineers, by voting for anyone but the nominated ALP candidate in the looming local government elections. This, while an understandable point of view , is ; even with the acceptance of the Labor controlled state governments refusal or inability to deal with the collapse of the infrastructures , such as Hospitals , Roads , Rail , Electricity , Schools , and with these failures increasing needless deaths in States Hospitals , exacerbating the already unbearable frustrations of the traveling public , who then take to the unsafe roads which are crumbling through lack of maintenance , inadequately funded government Schools churning out poorly educated children unable to survive in an increasingly competitive Global economy , and the point blank denial of a Water Storage crisis with a blatant refusal to provide the! very necessities of life such as consistent affordable power and ample clean drinkable water , not a view I personally advocate.
I am sure like many others on the electoral roll, aware of our limitations, will unquestionably accept, that those whom are elected or who are brazen enough to be self appointed know what is best for us, and will in all instances look after our interests ignoring the powerful cash strapped lobby groups such as developers, Trade Unions, big business and or their own political self interest.
So while Councilors Baileys departure will be a loss to the Penrith community, he will be well served if he brushes every speck of dust from his clothes as he, head held high walks away from politics, and I for one am a better person for any brief interaction I have had with him, and I wish him well in any venture he embarks upon.
Well done Councilor Bailey!
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