Following a link from zey's journal to Andrew Bartlett's blog, i came across this quote about Don Chipp:
Chipp had strong, though not always accurate, opinions to the end. He thought Mark Latham was a certainty in 2004 because he couldn’t believe the people would re-elect a prime minister who’d gone to war on a lie. Chipp was a singular politician who belonged to neither left nor right. His guiding principle was English philosopher John Stuart Mill’s insistence that majority opinion should always be questioned.
But he admitted he’d got his promise to keep the bastards honest wrong by over-simplifying the problem and concentrating on the politicians. The real bastards were the millions who reacted to a problem with another beer and a hateful “She’ll be right, mate”; the shareholders who supported uranium mining because of the profits; the bankers who welcomed foreign takeovers because they were good for profits; the unions who encouraged forest destruction because it pleased their members; lawyers who opposed simplifying workers’ compensation because that would threaten their holiday homes. “These are the real bastards, and they are represented in Canberra with sickening fidelity by members of the Liberal, National and Labor parties,” he wrote soon after quitting politics.
Pretty much sums up my own thoughts on politics at the moment.