The memory of the late Harold Pinter has been invoked today by one of our blog's eminent correspondents.
Truth. That most elusive of notions.
Stephen Conroy and the Labor Party seem to want to mediate it. I've listened to Pinter today while I get ready to read the media control legislation that Conroy is about to introduce to the parliament.
As our correspondent, a Sydney barrister said earlier today in a note to me in quoting Pinter (it's about 10.50 in to this youtube):
“Political language, as used by politicians, does not venture into any of this territory [of the artist] since the majority of politicians, on the evidence available to us, are interested not in truth but in power and in the maintenance of that power. To maintain that power it is essential that people remain in ignorance, that they live in ignorance of the truth, even the truth of their own lives. What surrounds us therefore is a vast tapestry of lies, upon which we feed.”
All but the most myopic among us must now see that the ALP is interested only in the maintenance of its power; and that the ALP is willing to sacrifice the freedom of expression of the Australian people and the Australian media to maintain that power. As a polity, we cannot accept what is happening.