Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Now that it appears that the Liberal party has something approaching sane leadership ( Malcom Turnbull) it is time for the Republican issue to make a return. In this light the program Monarchy on ABC TV is so far an exercise in monarchical propaganda ; the problem is not so much the quality of the program ( it is very high) it's the way the discussion is framed : the focus should be on the development of democracy. Unfortunately there is no Webchat feedback as there is on the Channel 4 website. There is one positive from this framing : as the conclusion of the program is absurd ; the triumph of a ridiculous institution, the causal inevitability of monarchy outlined in the show must be false. By similar argument the arrival of more and more democratic forms of government is accidental.