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The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison Kindle Edition
Australia wanted Scott Morrison. In a time of uncertainty, the country chose in 2019 to turn to a man with no obvious beliefs, no clear purpose and no famous talents. That we wanted Scott Morrison was the secret we did not know about ourselves. What precisely that secret is forms the subject of this book.
In The Game, Sean Kelly gives us a portrait of a man, the shallow political culture that allowed him to succeed and the country that crowned him.
Morrison understands – in a way that no other recent politician has – how politics has become a game. He also understands something essential about Australia – something many of us are unwilling to admit, even to ourselves.
But there are things Scott Morrison does not understand. This is the story of those failures, too – and the way that, as his prime ministership continues, Morrison’s failure to think about politics as anything other than a game has become a dangerous liability, both to him and to us.
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- ASIN : B0928GY1JN
- Publisher : Black Inc. (1 November 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1695 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 251 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,268 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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More for me this very well researched book exposes politics as a flawed and failed system we as citizens need to make obsolete.
This book also shines a light on all of us in that it is easy to judge politicians yet not so easy to be honest about our role or not in empowering them.
Kelly’s book is one of the first attempts to analyse what makes Scott Morrison tick. And what we see is a very shallow man. Morrison’s key driver seems to be to stay in power. He has little in the way of ideology and little in the way of a coherent legislative agenda. He lives in the present moment constantly trying to manage the daily news cycle. Whilst he may not be the first politician to behave like this, he’s nonetheless elevated it to an art form.
I read Kelly’s book while travelling overseas for the first time in over two years. This too made me think of how badly Morrison messed up the vaccine rollout in Australia. Regardless, I read the book in one long sitting. It’s an easy and fascinating read. Kelly really gets behind the man and offers the insights that only a former political staffer could possibly provide.
Given Morrison’s shallowness, the next election (which is due by May 2022) will be interesting. Will Morrison and his management of the political news cycle be sufficient to overcome his absence of genuine policies. Time will tell. In the meantime, “The Game” is an excellent insider’s look at Australian politics.
This incisive analysis of Morrison and his achievements should be compulsory reading for every voter in the country before we elect the next government.
6/12: I have added this to the Kindle books on my mobile and have learned the hard way not to laugh out loud when reading transcripts of speeches and press conferences. They are generally meaningless, but the slogans sound so good, its hard to remember that Scomo was a failure as an adman. You don't need a biased author, Morrisons words, and actions, speak for themselves and as long as Kelly sticks to the facts, its a scary bedtime story.
Kelly describes how Morrison carefully constructed the ScoMo character with the help of journalists. And then tries hard to uncover what may lie beneath this cartoonish figure using Morrison’s own words and actions. Yet despite the anecdotes and analysis, what we are left with is very little. The “real” Morrison is nowhere to be found.
If there is any insight into the man, for me it came from Kelly’s anecdote on the exchange between Morrison and Nick Xenophon. Xenophon suggests the two have a coffee to talk over policies. However, Morrison curtly refuses the invitation by saying, “I’m purely transactional”. Which perhaps accounts for his ability to change his position so readily.
As Kelly sees it, Morrison is playing to an undiscerning audience, feeding them the spin they want to hear. And he invites us to examine what this reveals about Australia and our society.
And what of that smile? There are plenty of clues there for the discerning reader.
“This is a cracker of a book. A thoughtful,fascinating, devastating examination of Morrison’s personality, the way he plays politics, and the political game itself. Also enlightening on us,the voters.”