When a government can’t communicate, isn’t allowed to communicate with its constituents, then how can democracy function in a healthy manner?
THE entire Labor cabinet has been banned from talking to editors of the nation’s major newspapers as Prime Minister Julia Gillard moves to stamp out leadership speculation.
Under the gagging order, ministers must seek permission from her office before any meeting or private talks…
“For someone who accused Rudd of ruling with an iron fist, it was quite a turnaround,” a senior minister said.”She has basically told everyone that they can’t talk to newspaper editors without her permission.”
Another minister, who claimed it simply revealed how fragile the Prime Minister’s leadership was, said it appeared to be a deliberate attempt to “set up Rudd” by creating an excuse to sack the former prime minster if he breached the cabinet directive.
So Australia is left with one person out of 72 ALP Lower House members and 31 ALP Upper House members – a total of 103 – who is allowed to speak to the citizenry without first having to obtain express permission.
One person out of a pool of 103.
That smacks not of democracy but rather of a dictatorship. Or at the very least, of desperation and paranoia.
One can’t help ponder the current mental health – the state of mind – of an obviously over-burdened, strung out Prime Minister.