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Make Them Think They Thought of it First – “Thoughtlines” – Bob Carr

June 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism, Trade Unionism, UK Labour

Moreover, active politics touches most people in only a marginal way. A state of political agitation – issuing pamphlets, seizing microphones, bossing workmates into signing petitions and going to meetings – will always be, thankfully, untypical. As Crosland put it, most people want to be left to tend their gardens. And as a result, it is hard to force change in our societies, certainly harder than we all thought in the early 1970s. You can only go a little way at a time and then, as Neville Warn says, only get away with change when you make the voters believe they thought of it first.

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