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It is worth think about a world in which reason and information rule, rather than politics.

I have heard people complaining that their experience with some office, organisation or committee was spoilt by politics. It is worth thinking about what this means; I think of situations in which generally one person divides a group and manipulates outcomes to achieve some goal that is not necessarily for the benefit of the whole. People are not happy with the process and are not able to do anything about it.

When politics has interfered it generally means that there has been misinformation and ill-considered outcomes. The facts are not obtained, people are not consulted and advice given is overlooked in making inferior outcomes. This seems to be a summary of how governments run.

I have been in situations in which committees have worked. I have had the privilege of being an administrator involved with committees at universities representing the whole of the institution. I have also been part of volunteer organisations and their management committees. It is great to work together with others toward common goals.

In a well-functioning group there are no factions and no politics. A university could not run with a governing group and an opposition. This would not be a way to achieve sensible outcomes.

Yet somehow we expect to have a country run by politicians that divide the community and have specific agendas of their own.

I don’t regard this situation as being satisfactory at all. At least in Australia, as in the United Kingdom, there is the stability of the government departments staying the same when a new group of politicians comes to power. This is, of course, unless the politicians interfere and dismantle the departments providing sensible advice and not replacing them.

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