Friday, December 2, 2011

Loyalty: virtue or vice?

I've my regular column with the ABC today, 'Politics and loyalty: to the party or the person?'

I'm exploring loyalty in politics, and why it's not always as 'olde worlde' charming as it sounds.  A sample:
...loyalty indicates one's deference to the institution. It is not a virtue above and beyond party membership, particularly for leaders. On the contrary, it is the very precondition of success within the party; it is exactly what is required to be chosen as a leader. Using the word in speeches and commentary suggests a traditional faith and constancy that is endearing. Yet loyalty to a political party is as much a vice as a virtue.
(Photo: courtesy Ray Strange/The Australian)

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