I hope Sean Nicholls has Part 2 of this excellent piece in preparation, (NSW has its own problem with politician entitlements, 13 Jan), outlining the policies which have lost Mike Baird support. Like the back-flip on greyhound racing, seemingly at the behest of Alan Jones. Like his obsession with privatising anything that isn't nailed down. His rough-shod bullying of local government. The lack of adequate assessment of major infrastructure projects to ensure value for money. And, above all, the mad, uncontrolled, tasteless, destructive, developer-driven "growth at all costs" stampede to cram more and more people into already over-crowded Sydney.
Mr Baird should prioritise the enhancement of the quality of life for people, and the preservation of the natural world we live in, rather than his materialistic, philistine focus on GDP. Make NSW a better place, not a bigger place.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.