Some years ago (I can’t find the link) I wrote about the Ancient Athenian practice of ostracism – where the people voted for one person to be expelled from Athens for a period of 10 years, with their property protected for their eventual return. This was to act as a check on politicians who got too big for their boots and prove that no man is indispensable. It was the Athenian way to attack hubris.
So let’s run a survey. This week, name an Australian politician (present or past) who you would like to be ostracised.
Unless there is a clear standout, I will repeat the survey next week with a selection of the most common nominations from this week so we can arrive at a single person who should be ostracised.