The heading nearly said it all – ADVERTISEMENT
But the footnote completed the picture – Authorised by Angelo Gavrielatos, Federal President, Australian Education Union.
And so we had to endure yet another multi-signed letter with all the likely suspects putting their names to a cause which most could not articulate, let alone describe the policy details. Among the suspects included lots of failed Premiers and lots of leaders from the left.
- Lawrence (under her leadership in WA, her government insisted on whole of language approach to teaching reading – a highway to illiteracy for some of our little ones)
- Kirner (not joking – yes, she did try to destroy the Victorian education system but who is recalling?)
And then Bob Brown, Bill Hayden (que?, I thought he had become sensible), Geoffrey Robertson (groan, the pompous windbag, but doesn’t he live in the UK?), Mick Dodson, Ron McCallum, Ged Kearney, Simon McKeon, Margaret Jackson, Mark Bouris (business types just LOVE to seem worthy), Tom Calma, Cassandra Goldie, Tim Costello (of course) and the list goes on.
Mind you, newspaper proprieters are not complaining – they are happy to have the revenue from the full page ads.
But it got me thinking – what possesses people to sign up to these letters? Is it a case of affinity signing? They don’t want to miss out because otherwise they may seem unimportant?
And what has been the fate of these multi-signed letters? TEARS, DISAPPOINTMENT, RECRIMINATION.
Take the public letter signed by scores of economists, including Mervyn King who went on to become Governor of the Bank of England, addressed to Thatcher and her Chancellor about the supposed economic damage being wrought by her fiscal discipline.
Oops, spoke too soon, doing much professional reputational damage to those who signed the letter.
There are plenty of other examples.
I know what I would do if I were asked to sign one of these letters – politely decline and declare I had my own opinions.