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June 5, 2003

Is this an accurate description of the culture of the Liberal Party?

Shaun Carney says:

"The Liberal Party's culture is similar to a business culture. Unlike the Labor Party, it is run from the top down and what the leader (or "boss") says goes....Indeed, it is in Howard's gift to hand over the pledges of fidelity from his MPs - it borders on hero worship with some - to Costello. All it would take would be some simple words along the lines of "I'm leaving and it is in your interests to get behind Peter". Virtually without exception, the response would be: "Whatever you say, John."

An authoritarian culture where everything is centred around political authority.

Does the Liberal Party also think that the country can be run as if it were Australian Inc. or Australia Unlimited Corp? Is that why they have some trouble understanding that Australia is a democracy. Or is deomcracy a bit of a shell in which the country is run like a business in that top-down style favoured by executives seeking fame adn fortune?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:40 AM | | Comments (4)


But surely hero worship is hardly unique to the Liberals? Just look at the ongoing love affair with Gough Whitlam that Labor has...

they do indeed. And th ALP is not known for its democracy.
How do they see the country then?
As one big trade union?

T`would have been interesting to watch the froth & bubble had Little Johnny actually climbed down off the horse.

Running a political party democratically isn't always the Democrats found out.