Many, many years ago, in a kingdom we’ll call Straylia, there existed a terrible tyrant who ruled over the land. Many small, self interest groups, and greenies pledged to leave the country and move overseas due to the tyrants supposed erosion of civil liberties.
Then, suddenly, all was happiness and light as the terrible tyrant was deposed and quickly replaced by the infinite good of a new leader, one who spoke softly about working families, education revolutions and new leadership.
And the people rejoiced. And the media drooled. And the civil liberties groups were moist with anticipation.
Then one day some evil people from another kingdom far away to the north decided that they wanted to parade their magic sceptre through the capital of Straylia because they were on friendly terms with the leader of the country who spoketh their language. And so the evil sceptre bearers planned their journey, in cahoots with the elected leader of the capital of Straylia, who was secretly in love with Straylias leader, as well as with the evil kingdoms apparently peaceful, fun loving ideology.
And the day came to pass whence the magic sceptre was to be paraded, suddenly the trolls and faeries, and elves, and goblins that lived in the the capital rose up in anger and stated very loudly, ‘We thinketh that this is not a good idea and thus we the people will turn our backs on this so called magical sceptre’.
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Both the leader of Straylia and the the leader of the capital were very worried. Afterall, the evil men from the north were their soul mates and they could not let it be seen that their subjects were against their wishes.
And so, in accordance with the Sydney Morning Heraldry, they plotted to increase the powers of the capitals constabulary and foot soldiers so that they could control the trolls and faeries, and elves, and goblins.
And surprisingly, the many small, self interest groups, and greenies that previously pledged to leave the kingdom and move overseas due to the previous tyrants supposed erosion of civil liberties didn’t even bat an eyelid. And yet, this itself was a dangerous erosion of those civil liberties that they once did decry.
And to make matters even worse, both leaders declared boldly than none of the evil countries knights would be allowed to ride within the kingdom. And yet as the day drew nearer and nearer, the both leaders distanced themselves from these proclaimations.
And there was much wailing from some about this, but little criticism of the leader of the Kingdom, who had somehow cast a magic spell over the court chroniclers so that they could only see lightness and roses.
(Anyway, enough of that rubbish, who thinks that giving the AFP more powers is a cop out and the whole torch relay should simply be cancelled? Especially considering the cost of it all, and the potential damage it could do to canberra, and or protestors, torch carriers, etc)