By Alan Ramsey
Here are one hundred fifty of his unflinching perspectives of key political occasions of that period, between them: the usually turbulent Hawke/Keating years, the 1990 recession 'we needed to have', Labor's gorgeous 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 exertions of its chief, Cheryl Kernot, the manipulation via either side of politics of the 2001 youngsters overboard incident, and the scandal of the Governor-General who finally resigned after the cover-up by way of the Anglican Church in Queensland of serial baby abuse in church schools.
Yet Ramsey's prepared eye frequently saw with affection the values and behaviour of others in nationwide lifestyles, and he used to be 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.
Some 'matters of opinion' of Alan Ramsey
'There is not any one now, and nobody coming alongside, who can write like this.'
'I' ll omit his profound dislike of hypocrisy and his intuition for simple speaking.'
'A lion of a journalist in each way.'
'In an area of journalism the place sameness is a vice, Ramsey is solely his personal man.'
'For years his column has been a necessary, usually stress-free, usually uncomfortable, a part of my Saturday morning regime.'
'He continuously additional to my Saturday morning enjoyment.'
'A needs to read.'
'Grumpy previous bastard. heavily unique.'
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A Matter of Opinion by Alan Ramsey