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Changing your opinion: why is it so wrong in politics?

A common feature of political dialogue, both from politicians and how they are reported on in our media, is the term ‘backflip’. The frequent usage of the term, and the mindset that goes with it, is damaging to productive political discourse. To borrow from John Maynard Keynes, “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do,…

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Hang on, did Andrew Bolt just negatively judge Tony Abbott?!

Stop press! Did Andrew Bolt just appear to pass judgement on Tony Abbott’s executive reintroduction of knights and dames? From Bolt’s blog; Strange. Only last December Tony Abbott seemed to rule out what he’s now done: HE restored an oath of allegiance to the Queen when he was sworn in as Prime Minister, but Tony Abbott has…