A ‘real’ Independent in cabinet? June 24, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Well, so says Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, in the course of an interview in the SBP this last weekend.
With a cheeky dig at Ross’s Independent Alliance and Naughten’s Rural Alliance of Independents, she adds ‘I am the only non-aligned independent – that’s what it used to mean to be an independent’.
Indeed, though she notes that:
The four independents in cabinet are now planning their own pre-cabinet meeting. ‘There’s more of them [FG] than there are of us. That’s why it’s really important to maintain our identity as independents and I know Minister Ross is keen on that and Minister Naughten too’.
Not sure I can quite see how she squares the circle there.
Whatever about her political affiliation, Zappone describes herself as a pragmatic idealist. It’s a term coined by the American philosopher John Dewey and which was adopted by Gandhi. She sees its s a way of negotiating. Being pragmatic is about being strategic in her negotiations, she says, but what bout the idealist part?
‘I can see the end point. I can see where we ought to go or where we should be going.’ she says.