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The Hon. C. R. “Bert” KellyOne More Nail (Adelaide: Brolga Books, 1978), ch. 4, “Into Parliament,” pp. 17-22.

During the 1930’s I used to go to Melbourne sometimes, perhaps to take sheep to the Melbourne Show or at the end of harvest for a short holiday. Occasionally I used to sit in on Tariff Board enquiries and I was continually exposed to my father’s enthusiasm which he always had for any interest he had in hand. And I was also exposed to the influence of the then Member for Wakefield, Charles Hawker.

Charles Hawker was indeed a remarkable man and it is interesting that Harold Holt gave Hawker the credit as the man who influenced him most. He certainly had a great influence on me. He sometimes used to stay in Melbourne over weekends, instead of going on to Adelaide by train as Members of Parliament had to in those days. On some of these occasions he would come out to my parents’ home and there would be considerable discussion about tariffs and their effect on farmers in particular, and the economy in general. So I had a general grounding in tariffs but I was really much more interested in farming and in my young family.

Occasionally Charles Hawker used to call in at the farm and on one such occasion he suggested that I should prepare myself to succeed him in Wakefield. This scared me badly because I was then very much engrossed in trying to make myself a better farmer. I was also very much involved with the farmers’ extension service which was careful to be non-political. It is true that I had been elected as vice-president of the district Liberal and Country League (L.C.L.) committee and I realise now that they had marked me down as a possible political aspirant. But when Hawker told me what he had in mind for me I disappeared into the bush, protesting that my life was far too full to waste time in Parliament and I hated the very idea. I well remember Hawker’s reply — “I am not asking you what you want, Bert,” he said, “I am telling you where your duty lies.” This admonition, coming from Hawker, was powerful indeed, with him all smashed up with war injuries. But he was killed soon after, in 1939, in a tragic air accident. I remember planting a small grove of trees to keep his memory fresh but this was not necessary for those of us who knew him well.

Being badly frightened by Hawker’s suggestion that I should prepare myself for a political career, I was careful to give all things political a wide berth for the next 20 years. But in 1958 the then Member for Wakefield, Sir Philip McBride, announced his impending retirement, and, as is common with blue ribbon seats such as Wakefield, attention focussed on who would be his successor. I was interested in this question also, not as a possible candidate, but because I had an uneasy feeling that Charles Hawker’s ghost was watching rather critically. So I and other concerned citizens sought out possible candidates but the ones we wanted were all too busy or not attracted to the idea. Then people started to look rather expectantly at me, so I quickly explained that I was not interested and, in any case, wasn’t even a member of the L.C.L. so clearly couldn’t stand as a candidate. But the secretary of the local branch soon disposed of this argument by reminding me that I had signed a bank order 20 years before which instructed the bank to pay my membership subscription on a certain date each year.

Then my father started to lean on me as well as Charles Hawker’s ghost. My father’s experience in Canberra taught him to hold Members of Parliament in rather low regard. For instance, if he thought that any of his progeny were talking loosely he used to say accusingly that we were sounding just like a Member of Parliament and this comment was meant to wound. So I was surprised at my father’s willingness to see me offered upon the political altar until I realised that he didn’t really care which party I was in as long as I was in there somewhere fighting the battle to get tariffs lowered. I didn’t feel as deeply about this as did my father but my conscience and Hawker’s ghost were certainly troubling me.

On my next visit to Adelaide then I went into the head office of the L.C.L. and asked the very decent and efficient secretary, Reg Wilson, if he could tell me how to go about nominating as the L.C.L. candidate for Wakefield. He then asked all the usual questions, such as was I a member of the League and if so, which branch, and so on. Then he gave me a nomination form but cautioned me that Wakefield was a blue ribbon L.C.L. seat and there was sure to be a large number of high quality candidates and he thought I ought to know this. “And Mr … I am sorry I have forgotten your name again …” So I told him again that my name was Kelly. So he went on, “And Mr Kelly the rules of the L.C.L. say that you must get six members to sign your nomination form and this may not be as easy in your case when you have had so little to do with politics for so long. I don’t want to see you hurt, so think about it before you finally make up your mind.” Then he gave me a form, asked my name yet again and left me to make up my muddled mind.

This was far from easy. I was immodest enough to know that if I did nominate I would probably win the contest. It was true that I had done nothing for the L.C.L. for 20 years but I had talked in almost every hall in the electorate, either as a member of the Advisory Board of Agriculture or the State Soil Conservation Committee, or as a returned Nuffield Scholar in Agriculture. But the real problem was with myself and my family, particularly Lorna who disliked the idea as much as I did. But my father was still there, leaning on me, and so was Hawker’s ghost. So I signed the wretched form and took it in to Mr Wilson a week later. I even persuaded six members to support me. My reception this time was rather different; Mr Wilson had done a few soundings in the interval and he told me in a rather puzzled way that he understood that I was likely to win. And he didn’t have last week’s difficulty of continually forgetting my name.

There were six or seven other candidates for preselection and this was done in those days by the plebiscite system, that is, every member of the party got a postal vote, as well as a biographical description of each candidate. As there were about 7000 members of the party in Wakefield at that stage, it was clearly impossible to do more than call on a few of the more influential office bearers and to hope that the word would spread that you were really trying. In order to help the candidates become better known to the members, some of the branches arranged meetings of members at which the candidates were asked to speak. I think that there were five of these and I now realise that I was fortunate there were not more of them because I must have performed really badly. After one such meeting a lady come up to me and said, “Bert, we did so want you to win but you were awful!” And I was too, as I knew almost nothing about politics and I have always been a poor speaker even when I knew what I was talking about.

Eventually the time for counting the votes came round and I won comfortably, so I became the endorsed L.C.L. Candidate for Wakefield. But being so did not make me politically wise. I remember asking Sir Philip McBride, the retiring member, “What kind of a seat is it, Sir Philip?” and his reply, “Bert, even you couldn’t lose it.”

Then the election came round in November, 1958, with Mr Menzies as he then was leading our Party. In those days it was generally accepted that the election demanded election meetings so I had one of these on every weeknight of the campaign. The first one was programmed to be at a little place called Houghton, in the Adelaide hills. Being anxious to create a good impression, I arrived at Houghton at 7.45 p.m. before the crowd had gathered. At 8.15 a chap drove up in a big black car and, seeing my wife and I standing there asked, “What’s on here tonight?” I explained with typical modesty that it was tonight that Mr Kelly was to address the nation. “Cripes!” he said, and off he went and we never saw him again. At 8.45 the crowd had gathered; there was the chairman of the branch and the secretary who both felt that they had to be there, there was the village idiot who came to everything that was free, and there were three others who, I found out later, were doggedly determined to vote for me even after they heard me. And then there was a senator who was supporting me. As we filed into the hall I whispered to the senator, “What do we do now?” “What do you mean, what do we do? We talk to them, of course,” he replied. “But you can’t lecture a crowd as small as this” I protested, but his reply was prompt — “Look, Bert, you’ll never get a crowd like this again.” So the meeting ground into gear with me leading off. I had my speech written out on big sheets of paper and, after I had been going on for about ten minutes, I came to a bit in brackets “Pause for applause.” I paused but there was no applause so I peered up over the piece of paper to see the two chaps sitting right in front of me were sound asleep already. They had evidently had a hard day in the field. Not being experienced in politics I was rather disconcerted by this, so I hurried to an early conclusion, to everyone’s surprise and gratification. But the senator, pleased to find that he had some extra time to fill, went for an extra half an hour. At the end of the meeting I apologised to one of the audience for boring him but he said that he didn’t mind, he expected to be bored when he came to political meetings!

The campaign dragged on with the inevitable result that I won comfortably as indeed have an orang-utan if he had got the L.C.L. endorsement for Wakefield with Mr Menzies leading us.

Then we were called to Canberra to go through the formalities of electing a leader and deputy leader. But on the way over I had to admit to Senator Rex Pearson, who had been on the Advisory Board of Agriculture with me, that I was uncertain as to whether I expected to be a member of the Country or the Liberal Party. He was rather startled at this display of the depth of my political ignorance which he begged me not to display to anyone else. But for a political innocent such as I it was a natural question. After all, the initials L.C.L. I knew stood for Liberal and Country League and how was I to know to which Party I owed allegiance in Canberra? But, looking back on it all, I must have been the most ignorant member who had ever represented a safe seat like Wakefield.

When Parliament opened in February 1959 I made my maiden speech, and, on reading it over now, it doesn’t do too badly. But it was greatly helped by the advice I received from the present Speaker who persuaded me, in the kindliest fashion, to leave out a lot of the worst parts. Anyhow I got it off my chest somehow, in spite of being desperately nervous. When I sat down everyone was kind enough to come and congratulate me and for a while I laboured under the delusion that I was the new Messiah. But the next time I rose to speak I noticed that almost every one walked out.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Bert Kelly on his journalism
  2. Move for a body of Modest Members
  3. Modest Members Association
  4. Bert Kelly's Maiden Parliamentary Speech
  5. Government Intervention
  6. 1976 Monday Conference transcript featuring Bert Kelly
  7. Bert Kelly, Hayek and Mencken on the virtues of farmers
  8. Sound economics calls for quiet from government
  9. Petrol for Farmers
  10. Some Sacred Cows
  11. Experiences in Parliament
  12. Spending your Money
  13. Is Taxmania a politician fetish?
  14. How Bert Kelly repays a free feed
  15. Modest column #898
  16. Chicken-hearted feathered friends strange bedfellows on a feather bed?
  17. Who needs literary licence?
  18. A touch of Fred's anarchy
  19. Helping the farmers help themselves
  20. Standing on the shoulders of the downtrodden
  21. Supply and Demand
  22. Bert Kelly responds to claims he is arrogant and uncredentialed
  23. Politics: it's a very confusing business
  24. The best featherbeds run on rails
  25. Bert Kelly on Disaster Relief
  26. Bert Kelly Wants to Secede
  27. Blinded by their tears
  28. Anti-freedom pro-tobacco industry lobby harmed Australia
  29. Under Labor, is working hard foolish?
  30. An Idiot's Guide to Interventionism
  31. Is free priceless healthcare worthless?
  32. Can government kiss it better?
  33. Bert Kelly Destroys the Side Benefits Argument for Government
  34. Bert Kelly gets his head around big-headed bird-brained politics
  35. First Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  36. Second Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  37. Third Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  38. Fourth Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  39. Fifth Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  40. Sixth Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  41. Bert Kelly on the 2011 Budget and Australia's Pathetic Journalists and Politicians
  42. Bert Kelly, Bastard or Simple Sod?
  43. Liberal Backbencher Hits Govt. Over Import Restrictions
  44. Bert Kelly feels a dam coming on at each election
  45. Bert Kelly Enters Parliament
  46. Why take in one another's washing?
  47. Bert Kelly breaks the law, disrespects government and enjoys it
  48. Gillard's galley-powered waterskiing
  49. State Premiers are always asking for more taxing powers
  50. Can price control really work?
  51. Should we put up with socialism?
  52. We're quick to get sick of socialism
  53. Time the protection racket ended
  54. Can't pull the wool over Farmer Fred
  55. People not Politics
  56. Bert Kelly admits he should have had less faith in politicians
  57. The inspirational incentivising Dear Leader Gough Whitlam
  58. Labor: a girl who couldn't say no
  59. Why leading businessmen carry black briefcases
  60. Ludwig von Mises on page 3 of AFR
  61. Bert Kelly's empowering feminism
  62. Mavis wants the Modest Member to dedicate his book to her
  63. What if the whole country is swindled?
  64. Moss Cass: "Flood plains are for floods"
  65. A worm's eye view
  66. Eccles returns to haunt us
  67. How to grip a politician's ear
  68. It's hard to digest this economic cake
  69. Time to Butcher "Aussie Beef"
  70. Cold water on government-instigated irrigation schemes
  71. Hooray for Ord River Dam!
  72. Tariffs paid by exporters
  73. The problem of principles v popularity
  74. If you support State Quotas, where will your logic take you?
  75. Against guidance by government
  76. A socialist in Liberal clothing
  77. Never ask the government to help
  78. Don't listen to economists!
  79. Bert Kelly's revolutionary strategy
  80. Whitlam's July 1973 25% tariff cut
  81. Bert Kelly on Import Quotas
  82. Good directions when government backseat driving, like reversing down wrong side of road
  83. Barriers to imports are barriers to exports
  84. Bert Kelly reviews The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop
  85. Bert Kelly reviews We Were There
  86. Tariffs get the fork-tongue treatment
  87. Bert Kelly reduces government to its absurdities
  88. Politician sacrifices his ... honesty
  89. It's all a matter of principle
  90. Bert Kelly Destroys the Infant Industry Argument
  91. Bert Kelly Untangles Tariff Torment
  92. Bert Kelly resorts to prayer
  93. Eccles keeps our nose hard down on the tariff grindstone
  94. "Don't you believe in protecting us against imports from cheap labour countries?"
  95. Even if lucky, we needn't be stupid
  96. Great "freedom of choice" mystery
  97. Small government's growth problem
  98. I like my kind acts to get a mention in the press
  99. A Modest Member rakes the embers
  100. Tariffs Introduced
  101. More About Tariffs
  102. Sacred cow kicker into print
  103. Bert Kelly's 1984 two-article quote-collection on Aboriginal policies
  104. Modest Member must not give up
  105. Traditional Wheat Farming is Our Birthright and Heritage and Must be Protected!
  106. Tariff-cut nonsense lives on
  107. Bert Kelly brilliantly defends "theoretical academics"
  108. The high cost of protection
  109. Generosity creates problems
  110. The Society of Modest Members
  111. John Hyde's illogical, soft, complicated, unfocussed and unsuccessful attempt to communicate why he defends markets
  112. Modesty ablaze
  113. Case for ministers staying home
  114. The unusual self-evident simplicity of the Modest Members Society
  115. Animal lib the new scourge of the bush
  116. The Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Krill
  117. modest members society
  118. Repeal economic laws, force people to buy new cars and enforce tariffs against overseas tennis players
  119. Thoughts on how to kill dinosaurs
  120. Let's try the chill winds
  121. Taking the Right's road
  122. Bert Kelly: "I did not try often or hard enough"
  123. Bert Kelly "lacked ... guts and wisdom"
  124. A look at life without tariffs
  125. The Gospel according to Bert
  126. Tiny note on Bert Kelly's column in The Bulletin in 1985
  127. Why costs can't be guaranteed
  128. Hitting out with a halo
  129. Paying farmers not to grow crops will save on subsidies, revenge tariffs, etc
  130. "The Modest Farmer joins us" | "How The Modest Farmer came to be"
  131. Bert Kelly Destroys the Freeloading Justifies Government Argument
  132. Industrial Relations Club shovellers
  133. From Shann to Stone
  134. Government Intervention
    Government Interference
  135. A sojourn in the real world
  136. The tariff wind swings
  137. Bigger Cake = Bigger Slices
  138. Bert Kelly on the Political Process
  139. A charabanc called protection
  140. Taken for a ride - to nowhere
  141. Down hill, in circles, all the way
  142. Economic facts and figures are statistics who should speak out
  143. Any cons arguing small business bad but big government good?
  144. Relationships with the Liberal Party
  145. Tariffs = High Prices + World War
  146. Bert Kelly's Family History
  147. Bert Kelly's Pre-Parliament Life
  148. What the MP could say to the Bishop
  149. Why Bert Kelly was not even more publicly outspoken
  151. How to stand aside when it's time to be counted
  152. How the Modest Member went back to being a Modest Farmer
  153. My pearls of wisdom were dull beyond belief
  154. Bert Kelly on Political Football
  155. Undigested morsels in Fraser spew
  156. Bert Kelly on LSD
  157. Bert Kelly reflects on the Australian car industry in 1992
  158. Bert Kelly wants reprinted Shann's Economic History of Australia
  159. If tariffs are opposed here then why not there?
  160. The emperor has no textiles, clothing and footwear sense
  161. Ross Gittins Wins Bert Kelly Award
  162. Interesting 1964 Bert Kelly speech: he says he is not a free trader and that he supports protection!
  163. This is the wall the Right built
  164. Tariff Protection in Australia (1970)
  165. Has Santa socked it to car makers?
  166. Is the Budget a cargo cult?
  167. Will we end up subsidising one another?
  168. Keeping the bucket of worms alive
  169. Can we get off the stomach-churning head-spinning tariff merry-go-round?
  170. Do we want our money to fly?
  171. Can a bear be sure of a feed?
  172. How to impress your MP -
    ambush him
  173. The time for being nice to our MPs has gone ...
  174. Don't feel sorry for him -
    hang on to his ear
  175. Trade wars can easily end up on a battlefield
  176. Tariffs Create Unemployment
  177. Bert Kelly recommends Ayn Rand
  178. Bert Kelly on Alf Rattigan's Industry Assistance: The Inside Story
  179. Bert Kelly's Satirical Prophecy: Minister for Meteorology (tick) and High Protectionist Policies to Result in War Yet Again (?)
  180. Bert Kelly in 1972 on Foreign Ownership of Australian Farmland and Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce and Bill Heffernan in 2012
  181. Bert Kelly baits Welfare State Tiger
  182. Why does Govt wear two faces?
  183. Parliament a place for pragmatists
  184. Of Sugar Wells and Think-Tanks
  185. Bert Kelly: "I must take some of the blame"
  186. Bert Kelly on dumping duties
  187. The Govt's helping hand often hurts
  188. Unbuckling the hobbles on the motor industry
  189. A Modest Farmer looks at the Problems of Structural Change
  190. Government Fails Spectacularly
  191. Know your proper place if you want the quiet life
  192. Bert Kelly on political speech writers
  193. Having your cake and eating it
  194. Perish the thawed!
  195. Hooray for Northern Development!
  196. Politicians can resist everything except pressure
  197. The silly image of our MPs
  198. Bert Kelly Question Time highlights
  199. Modest Farmer sees his ideas take hold
  200. Should facts stand in the way of a good story?
  201. Fondling one another's glass haloes
  202. What is the sense in making the effort to look after yourself?
  203. Fred's Feeling: Counterpatriotic country contrarian
  204. Handouts for big boys only
  205. Mavis trying to buy a hand loom
  206. Bad news for bearers of bad news
  207. Is it time to get aboard the tariff band-waggon?
  208. Why farmers resent tariff protection for motor makers
  209. A sordid use of scare tactics
  210. Goods vs services
  211. Tariffs are hilariously counterproductive
  212. Bert Kelly on decentralisation
  213. Inflation breeds moral decay
  214. Who envies equality?
  215. Growth – malignant or benign?
  216. Government wiser than Magna Carta
  217. Bert Kelly on looking to politicians for moral leadership
  218. Max Newton: Maverick in Exile
  219. Whitlam & co on the Dismissal
  220. 25% Tariff Cut
  221. Bert Kelly on pensions
  222. The backseat drivers of the Pilbara
  223. Mr Clunies-Ross of the Cocos Islands should rule Australia
  224. They get the wind up when it changes
  225. Why the Big Green Lie survives
  226. Ross McLean in 1982: "Malcolm! Why don't we try good government? It might be popular."
  227. Bert Kelly on the importance of exchange rate movements
  228. Bert Kelly shows how to attack
  229. Bert Kelly vs Bert Kelly vs Bert Kelly
  230. Industrial relations dinosaur, Bruce, chews his cud
  231. Hooray for "firmly entrenched"!
  232. Respect your dinosaurs
  233. What if something is "deeply ingrained" yet harmful?
  234. A case for ministerial inertia
  235. Why politicians don't like the truth
  236. Our great open spaces
  237. Ominous dark clouds are gathering
  238. Better to be popular than right
  239. Crying in the wilderness
  240. Ivory tower needs thumping
  241. Bert Kelly asks, "How can you believe in free enterprise and government intervention at the same time?"
  242. Politicians get undeserved praise, why not undeserved blame too?
  243. Feet in a bucket of champagne
  244. Rural Problems
  245. Health cover needs a $30 excess clause
  246. Unholy state of taxation
  247. Boring economics worth a smile
  248. The Libido for the Miserable
  249. Agricultural Development and Tariffs
  250. Fred's too poor to have principles
  251. Eccles Law of the constant wage share
  252. "He whom the gods would destroy ..."
  253. Tariffs: when to wean infant BHP?
  254. Keep any government as far as possible from farming
  255. The Playford charade is out of date
  256. Bert Kelly: the odd man out who's now in
  257. Dries must resist giving up struggle as going gets tough
  258. How a well meaning Government can be so stupid
  259. The icing on the economic cake
  260. Sir Roderick Carnegie's foreword to Bert Kelly's Economics Made Easy
  261. The Vale of Popularity and the Protection Procession
  262. Politics 101: Pay Lip Service to Capitalism and Shoot the Messenger
  263. Bert Kelly makes politicians eat their own words on tariffs, then says, "We cannot be blamed for treating the statements of our statesmen with cynical contempt"
  264. Bert Kelly on Free Enterprise
  265. Cartoons of protected industry, the welfare teat and the nanny state
  266. Bert Kelly on the theory of constant shares and the Fabian Society
  267. Bert Kelly vs Doug Anthony
  268. You're lucky if you escape being helped by government
  269. Bert Kelly on Small Farmers
  270. Bert Kelly on Apathy
  271. Bert Kelly in 1967 on "problems of government and things like that"
  272. The last "Dave's Diary"
  273. Bert Kelly vs The Australian on tariffs in 1977
  274. Bounties or Tariffs, Someone Pays
  275. Geriatric companies without a minder
  276. A free marketeer wary of free trade
  277. Nixon's puzzling profession of faith
  278. "Ford ... seems to spend more time bending its knees than its back"
  279. Clyde Cameron's weak ways with wise words
  280. Why flaunt what others flout?
  281. Bert Kelly yearns for Tim Flannery's powers of prediction
  282. Looking after yourself is silly
  283. Bert Kelly masterpiece on drought, fire, flood and other natural disaster relief schemes
  284. Government can take credit for our car industry mess
  285. Car makers want the 4wd driven deeper into tariff bog
  286. Why our MP is no longer prone to a good sob story
  287. Auto industry is in a straitjacket
  288. Bert Kelly on market predictions
  289. Why should dryland farmers subsidise irrigation farmers?
  290. How much should government decrease incentive for independence from government?
  291. Clarkson crowned Deputy Government Whip
  292. Bert Kelly to blame for soaring government healthcare costs
  293. 1959 return of Dave's Diary
  294. Bert Kelly in 1966 on developing northern Australia
  295. Successful government intervention can [sic] occur
  296. Vernon Report upholds Clarkson
  297. Quiet Man Makes An Impact
  298. Should it be compulsory to buy footwear and clothing?
  299. To save Australian clothing industry women must all wear same uniform
  300. Don't confuse plucking heart strings with plucking harp strings
  301. Speech only for public
  302. Catchy Tariff Circus Extravaganza
  303. Bert Kelly in 1985 on cars yet again
  304. Hurrah for the Gang of Five
  305. Thoughts on a verse about Balfour
  306. Bert Kelly pep talk to politicians
  307. Government intervention = Agony postponed but death brought nearer
  308. Recipe for disaster: Freeze!
  309. Recipe for government intervention: Gather winners and scatter losers
  310. Recipe for industry destruction: Blanket market signals
  311. Mavis writes!
  312. Bert Kelly's empiricism is not kneejerk reaction kind
  313. The $2,000 song of the shirt worker
  314. Subsiding only small farmers means subsiding the big banks
  315. Difficult to be fast on your feet when you've got your ear to the ground
  316. It would surprise people to see how sensible MPs behave if they think they are not being watched
  317. Bert Kelly on "this land of limitless resources" and "great open spaces"
  318. Growing bananas at the South Pole
  319. Car components tariff protection under fire
  320. Why carry a $300m car subsidy?
  321. Tariff feather beds for the foreign giants
  322. Bert Kelly says end compulsory voting to stop donkey vote
  323. Perhaps being smart and insured isn't all luck
  324. You gets your tariff, you pays a price
  325. More funds to train Olympians?
  326. Fire in their guts and wind in ours
  327. Should free universal healthcare include pets?
  328. Sound advice from a modest farmer
  329. A tottering monument to intervention
  330. Cunning meets wisdom
  331. Competition, Aussie-style: Who's the bigger parasite?
  332. Australians are proud patriotic parasites, says Bert Kelly
  333. Taxpayer-funded sport is cheating
  334. Being loved by all is not always a good thing
  335. Welfare State Destroys Society
  336. 1980 Bert Kelly feather bed series
  337. The White Mice Marketing Board
  338. Government intervention and advice can be harmful, even when right, even for those it tries to help
  339. One small step on the compulsory voting landmine
  340. The free & compulsory education sacred cows have no clothes
  341. Holding a loaded wallet to an economist's head
  342. Political No Man's Land
  343. Only blind greed demands both equality and prosperity
  344. A cow that sucks itself — that's us!
  345. Nip the bud of incentive; mock community spirit into submission
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