October 31, 2005

IF YOU CAN'T BEAT 'EM, JOIN 'EM:

Labor commits to terror laws (Samantha Maiden Steve Lewis, 01-11-2005, The Australian)

KIM Beazley has tried to lock troubled Labor MPs into voting for the Government's anti-terror legislation despite deep reservations about the reforms on both sides of politics.

A marathon meeting of members of Labor's frontbench yesterday backed the Opposition Leader's decision to support the legislation, possibly sight unseen, because it was in the "national interest". [...]

"We will put up propositions about those safeguards. That's what we will do and I stand ready to recommend to caucus that, in the national interest, we support the bill," Mr Beazley said. "That shows you how serious we are about the need to support the security of our community."


There's an important lesson for Democrats in the way Mr. Beazley is working with John Howard, rather than against, and the fact that the Tories in Britain are about to return to the Third Way they'd abandoned to Tony Blair over a decade ago. There's a governing consensus in the Anglosphere now and George W. Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard are astride it. The best future for our nations lies in the opposition parties joining that consensus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2005 5:52 PM
Comments

And that is to remember that they are Britons, Australians, and Americans first, citizens of the world later.

Posted by: Mikey at November 1, 2005 7:23 AM
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