Another Bligh Mutiny
by John Pratt
Bligh has been criticized for his leadership role while the ship was in Tahiti. While his log and observations of the island and people were meticulous, he was too slack and his men knew it. When he delegated responsibilities to his subordinates, he did not check to make sure that his orders were followed.
In the early morning of April 28, 1789 Bligh was awakened and brought out on deck in his night shirt, and with his hands tied, was held abaft the mizzenmast. When the crew was asked who wanted to leave with Bligh thirty men volunteered.
Anna Bligh seems to have picked up some of her great great great grandfather’s genes. She has been slack and the troops are about to mutiny. She has taken her eye off the ball. To be a modern political leader you have to be able to manage more than one crisis at a time. The world may be suffering from the effects of the global economic crisis, but we must manage that crisis at the same time we manage the more dangerous and long term crisis of global warming.
Many Queenslanders may well conclude that Bligh and her Government may be going to an early poll to try to prevent a mutiny from Queensland electors…
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has suffered the hard end of a problem that made her great-great-great grandfather famous: she just got mutinied. There is a difference, however. While Captain William Bligh, of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame was deposed by strength of force at gunpoint and had his ship taken from him, Anna Bligh was rocked by a mutiny less foul. Indooroopilly MP Ronan Lee jumped ship on the weekend to join up with the Greens. The first Cap’n Bligh knew about it? When she saw the press conference where he announced it, side by side with the Greens messiah himself Bob Brown. At least William Bligh’s crew had to decency to point guns at him face to face. Now, the defection of Lee is not going to make a lasting impact on the Labor Government structurally speaking.
I must confess I am on the side of the mutineers. I have always supported the ALP in the past and was a member of the ALP. I am amazed that climate change has been totally ignored in the Queensland election. Both the ALP and the newly formed LNP are pushing more of the same and continued growth, including growth in the coal industry. I handed in my resignation and will be handing out how to vote cards for the Greens.
The old parties have left Queensland’s economy very narrowly based and exceptionally vulnerable to fluctuations in global markets.
In fact, the structure of the Queensland economy has changed little in thirty years. The old parties stood back and watched as the world underwent some of its most exciting technological advances – from the development of personal computers and mobile phones to the internet – and they let the Queensland economy stagnate.
The rest of the world changed and the old parties ensured that Queensland’s economy didn’t.
The old parties continue to ensure that Queenslanders miss out on great economic opportunities from sustainable green industry. The old parties are totally committed to a Queensland economy that is based on chopping things down and digging things up. And they are selling Queensland short.
Only the Greens have a plan to deliver sustainable green jobs for Queenslanders.
We will build a strong resilient economy so we can prosper even when the rest of the world stumbles.
The election will be very close. Anna Bligh may scrape in with the help of Green preferences; the alternative will be disastrous for Queensland. Let us hope that the ALP learns from this election and works out how to manage both the economic crisis and the climate change crisis. The two go hand in hand and the economy needs to reflect this – there will be more jobs in a green economy than in a black economy based on coal.