So Evan Thornley has resigned- ah, I knew he was too good to last. Politics is a seductive siren: on the one hand, it is in the arena big-p Politics that things actually get done, and yet the compromises and conflicting priorities mean that good people are emasculated once they get there. Look at Peter Garrett– on a hiding to nothing. I don’t know what he’s going to do about Gunns in Tasmania, where the politics with the state ALP are ugly. My perception is that he rarely upholds environmental concerns about infrastructure developments, but I don’t really have any figures on that. Even his interventions in the arts are rather equivocal: I guess that if the intent was to get rid of the board of the Australian National Academy of Music in South Melbourne, then he succeeded but at a heavy public-relations cost. I wonder whether he feels good about what he’s achieved in either the environment and the arts, and how he’ll look back on this time in politics.
And then on the other side we have Ian Campbell who always seemed to me to be rather wishy-washy and captive to the energy-company lobby groups- who would have believed that an ex- Liberal politician would throw his support behind Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling campaign?
I guess that there are different ways of exerting pressure, but good people seem to be hemmed in by a political career and less able to influence change than they would be outside.