Follow the leader: Democracy and the rise of the strongman (Quarterly Essay 71) by Laura Tingle

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November 2018, no. 406
Paul Strangio reviews 'Follow the leader: Democracy and the rise of the strongman (Quarterly Essay 71)' by Laura Tingle

Follow the leader: Democracy and the rise of the strongman (Quarterly Essay 71)

by Laura Tingle

Black Inc., $22.99 pb, 139 pp, 9781760640705

Follow the leader: Democracy and the rise of the strongman (Quarterly Essay 71) by Laura Tingle

Reviewed by
November 2018, no. 406

As chief political correspondent for the ABC’s 7.30, Laura Tingle was a ringside commentator of the latest knockout bout of leadership pugilism in Canberra. Calling the crazed week-long events in the Liberal Party that climaxed in Malcolm Turnbull’s removal from office in August, Tingle probably felt mildly manic herself at the prospect of last-minute revisions to Follow the Leader, her third Quarterly Essay, to take account of yet another prime-ministerial felling. But Turnbull’s deposal only made her subject more compelling – Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, back to Rudd, Tony Abbott, Turnbull, and, for now at least, Scott Morrison. Why has national leadership become so confounding and insecure?

Paul Strangio reviews 'Follow the leader: Democracy and the rise of the strongman (Quarterly Essay 71)' by Laura Tingle

Follow the leader: Democracy and the rise of the strongman (Quarterly Essay 71)

by Laura Tingle

Black Inc., $22.99 pb, 139 pp, 9781760640705

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  • I think the main problem is Capitalism itself. Politicians have to find solutions, but they have not yet. So they do not have clear policies and they want to stay in
    power and move with direction of the wind which comes from the national and international political atmosphere. We need brave incorrupt politicians who they know what they want.
    Posted by Iradj Nabavi-Tabrizi
    Sunday, 18 November 2018 11:41

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