December 3

Princelings and hereditary republics

While the elites long for a politicians’ republic in Australia, think of what is happening in the world’s hereditary republics.

In some the nascent dynasty has been cut off, as in Egypt and Libya. In others, the hereditary ruler is still in power, as in Syria.

Meanwhile in China the princelings – the sons of the communist leaders who pretend to an austere lifestyle– are causing outrage .

"They already control large chunks of the world's second-biggest economy and are wielding considerable influence in the military," writes Jeremy Page. This new red nobility is the subject of an essay by Mr. Page in the Wall Street Journal (26/11).

In Australia, it seems there's only Paul Keating thinks both a politicians’ republic and the shredding of our national flag are achievable in the near future. That doesn't mean that constitutionalists should rest.

The others have only put off the achievement of their inevitable politicians’ republic which will remove a crucial check and balance from our constitutional system .

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The offspring of party leaders are growing increasingly conspicuous through business interests and luxury lifestyles, a challenge for a Communist Party that justifies its power monopoly based on its origins as a worker and peasant movement.


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