Be principled, but not so much that you scare voters

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“The art of democratic statesmanship,” said the politician, “is of presenting your principles, presenting your convictions, in ways which sufficiently impress the public such that you are seen as a man or woman of principle, but which don’t so worry the public that they think you would be a risk if you found yourself in a…

  • Jacqueline Maley
  • The Canberra Times
  • SMH/The Age

The sentiment was pure pragmatism.

The politician expressing it was Tony Abbott, talking in 2008 to a dinner for the magazine News Weekly, founded by B.A Santamaria, the staunchly Catholic, anti-Communist journalist and activist who was Abbott’s first…

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