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The paths of virtue lead but to the (political) grave

15 April 2023

9:00 AM

15 April 2023

9:00 AM

Politeness be jiggered, politeness be hanged

Politeness be jumbled and tumbled and banged

It’s really a matter of putting on face

Politeness has nothing to do with the case.

When new NSW Labor Premier Chris Minns and his predecessor Dominic Perrottet joined in mutual post-election admiration of the ‘respect and civility’ with which they conducted their ‘courteous campaign’, did this really, in the words of one commentator, ‘change the political dynamic in NSW’? Or was it, as Norman Lindsay’s Magic Pudding says, merely ‘a matter of putting on face’ for the sake of political appearances.

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