Noth­ing changes

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION | NEWS -

AT THIS time of year, the Chris­tian church has tra­di­tion­ally “cel­e­brated” (if that is the right word) the Slaugh­ter of the In­no­cents, re­mem­ber­ing a time when a po­lit­i­cal leader with re­li­gious con­nec­tions ar­ranged for the sac­ri­fice of a bunch of kids in Beth­le­hem be­cause he feared that one of them might un­der­mine his power.

I think the politi­cian’s name was Herod.

Has any­thing changed? In the words of a cer­tain Lord Ac­ton, “Power tends to cor­rupt, and ab­so­lute power cor­rupts ab­so­lutely,” which no doubt ex­plains our gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to pre­vent the pas­sage of a bill that would have forced the re­lease of the chil­dren held on Nauru. — John Ty­man, Mur­willum­bah

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