Have we seen the death of the conviction politician?

1476323730586-1What happened to the world where ideology, values and beliefs actually mattered, where politics was a genuine contest of principles and ideas? Is it R.I.P for the conviction politician? Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to the Prime Ministership was accompanied by high expectations – expectations that he would govern on principle and belief, on such matters as climate change, same-sex marriage, tax reform, and so on. However, these “principled” positions were so easily traded to gain the job. This begs the question whether indeed they were ever positions taken out of “principle”? Did Malcolm ever truly believe in these positions, or did he simply adopt them originally for personal gain, to differentiate himself from others, to establish his leadership credentials? Read More