Lessons for Labor : Anna and the Disasters
At a function last night a Labor colleague made the point that Queensland Premier Anna Bligh had gained approval during the two natural disasters by the oldest political device in the dictionary of politics : no device. She was, under the pressure of events, simply herself. Without a trace of self-consciousness, without a thought for how she looked or sounded or what the polls may be saying. She was simply Anna Bligh, doing a job and the electorate warmed to her.
A lesson for Labor leadership everywhere.
My colleague made another point. He said all Federal money for rebuilding should be handed over to the State. The Federal agencies should be held at bay. They stuff everything up – detention centers , school programs, disaster assistance, ceiling insulation, even bringing the right body home from Iraq. State agencies are used to running things. They do it every day. Let them rebuild. Keep Canberra away.
And have three State ministers and the Premier’s chief of staff meet for half an hour every day to oversight the spending decisions, managing the rebuilding tightly because it’s the follow-through that counts.
With rail privatization out of the way and the State’s Triple A secured it leaves Queensland State politics with a clean agenda under the guidance of a politically refreshed leader.