Monday, 11 November 2013

A politician telling it like it really is - political snippets for 11 November 2013

A rare frank admission of what motivates a politician - Ghana's president has fired a deputy minister reportedly caught on tape saying she'll stay in politics until she makes $1 million.
There’s a leaked tape on which a voice purported to be that of Victoria Hammah is heard telling a female interlocutor that she will not quit politics until she makes at least US$1m.The two ladies, who appeared to be traveling while having the gossipy conversation, are also heard on the leaked secret audio tape harshly condemning the Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Rachel Appoh, for instigating bad press against her boss, Nana Oye Lithur.
A quote for the day about campaigning. 
Campaigns are less successful at persuading undecided voters than they are at encouraging their own partisans to grow more fierce. The manic charges and countercharges of an election mostly remind voters which side they were on to begin with.- from A game changer for campaign reporting a review of two new books on the last US presidential campaign.
Losing the bright young public servants. There's fear and loathing in Canberra - fear of losing your job while the value of your home plummets and a loathing of the politicians responsible for trying to reduce the size of the public service without payments to those made redundant. And the discontent is not confined to those now finding themselves on what the Australian Public Service Commission calls the "redeployment register." Many of the younger public servants of my acquaintance are now realising that the method chosen by the Coalition government to cull 12,000 from the public service will stymie for years their own prospects of promotion.

That there will soon be an exodus of the best and the brightest young minds to jobs in the private sector outside of the national capital in one sense will not concern the government. In the short term it will simply contribute to the natural attrition it is seeking. When the aim is to honour this part of the pre-election rhetoric of quickly reducing the budget deficit the long term consequences are not considered.

When combined with a near freeze on new recruitment from outside those consequences will be both considerable and bad.

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