Saturday, February 7, 2015

February 7. Day 38. Try, try again

The English language is filled with affirmations selling the benefits of never giving up. "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again". "Practice makes perfect". That one about getting back on the horse. You know the stuff. I saw that in action in Musgrave Park this afternoon where over and over again a group went through manoeuvres obviously designed to ensure form and style were as close to perfect as possible.  Remarkably close to Musgrave Park today there was another bloke who won't take no for an answer and was having another go. Lawrence Springborg led the conservative opposition to defeats in three election defeats in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Those sorts of public defeats would be enough to make many a mere mortal take his bat and ball and go home and lick his wounds.  After all there's a very fine line between perseverance and sheer bloody minded stubbornness. But Springborg put himself up for LNP leader and won the endorsement of the partyroom. Frankly I admire him although I rate his chances of being around for another go at challenging for the premiership to be virtually nil. But I was wrong about John Howard. I predicted the end of his political career after two unsuccessful terms as opposition leader. Later he went on to be Prime Minister for 11 years. Springborg might prove me just as wrong. One thing is for sure. Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does no one else.

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