By Alan Ramsey
Here are a hundred and fifty of his unflinching perspectives of key political occasions of that period, between them: the customarily turbulent Hawke/Keating years, the 1990 recession 'we needed to have', Labor's beautiful dumping of Bob Hawke in December 1991 after he had led his social gathering to 4 successive election victories in 8 years, the Howard Government's slavish subservience to the Bush White condo, the insidious channeling of Hansonism, John Howard's 'never ever' GST, the invasion of Iraq, the disintegration of the Democrats as a political strength after the 1997 defection to hard work of its chief, Cheryl Kernot, the manipulation via each side of politics of the 2001 young ones overboard incident, and the scandal of the Governor-General who eventually resigned after the cover-up through the Anglican Church in Queensland of serial baby abuse in church schools.
Yet Ramsey's willing eye usually saw with affection the values and behaviour of others in nationwide existence, and he was once as able to provide credits as he used to be to put into the humbug, pomposity and deceit of political, own and sectional self-interest.
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