Monday, June 28, 2010

Drivel Watch: The Globe on Australia and on leadership

The Economist notes the "unhappiness" with Australian exPM Kevin Rudd's management style that helped provoke his colleagues into removing him from office.
A workaholic, he tended to control government as a one-man band, running the civil service in Canberra ragged and shutting some colleagues out of key decisions. One environment minister learned of the ETS's deferral only by reading about it in the press. And Mr. Rudd's short temper won him few friends.
I was going to say, "Gee, sounds like they are describing the Canadian prime minister. But isn't Mr Harper still in power?" Doing a little drivel-watch research, however, I found whoever writes the bottom of the column editorials for the Globe makes the same comparison. But the Globe admires such traits in a leader. Denouncing the Australian "coup," the Globe writes, "[Rudd] was criticized for being too controlling, and a lone wolf, but such characteristics need not be fatal to a leader, as illustrated by Stephen Harper."

The Globe in its own fatuous way, does prove something. Such "leadership" characteristics are only fatal where things like accountability and collective responsibility apply. You know, like in a parliamentary democracy.
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