Hans Christian Andersen wrote "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" in the very first book of fairy tales, 181 years ago. It was a yarn about the silent love between a one-legged tin soldier and a faire maiden which was made of paper. It featured an evil, manipulating goblin which started as a jack-in-a-box but took different forms as the story evolved over the decades of performance of pantomimes and plays.
This analyst's memory was pinged on the observance of the silent executive appointees who feature under the Turnbull/Morrison/Frydenberg administration. The memory was of seeing an animation some 55 years or so ago, where the solder was mute and monstered by a demon - much of the tale of Bairdijiklian Malenomics contains those elements.
The soldiers were forged from a single tin spoon by an un-named creator. 24 were perfect and not heard from again.
The last in the production line was left short a leg but was perfectly balanced, even under the difficult conditions in a paper boat. The story is outlined here.
Our soldier recused himself from emotional and interpersonal interplays. He was there and not there, like our crypto-political actors within the Canberra Bubble who take as faith the loopy judgements of unskilled ministers and implement them despite probity, economic, engineering and environmental condemnations. They don't care about that crap ....
Wiki reports thus:
Joan G. Haahr writes in The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales:
It is common to characterise components of multi-party relationships as "alpha males", "submissives", "leaders", "followers", "sheep" and so on.
Taking the evolution of the Turnbull/Morrison/Frydenberg junta, and developing the analogy to see if it fits, the analogy emerged (see chronologies and flow charts) ~
Gaetjens told the AFR in August 2019 that
He went on (comments are in italics),
The Public Service Act and codes of conduct contain generic statements and no guidance as to positive and negative evidentiary and analytical reviews of the type that Gaetjens and his masters are now facing, and failing.
There are three levels of crypto-political influence on non-public policy processes:
Then there are the Conscripts such as the current analyst, who has had copyrighted Intellectual Property stolen by the Cabal and their agents and solutions ignored, to public disadvantagement - see https://sydneyimprovementpolitics.com/cruelty-%26-deceit and https://sydneyimprovementpolitics.com/the-evil-of-plagiarism. The more appropriate term might be Slaves as the disregard for individual or citizen's rights is comparable to blackbirding.
Started under then Minister Albanese with Moorebank, and constructed by Baird with his Port machinations in 2013, it now comprises Botany Port (with Kembla an associate and Newcastle a rejectee), ARTC with its various sponsored "projects", GSC with its insipid District Plans, Moorebank (bringing in Treasury, IPA, NSW Ports, Sydney Ports and stevedores), and iA and its Calfas Panel's monopoly-strengthening underpull. It neuters Inland Rail and the Aerotropolis as well as Illawarra and SouthWest coal and commuting futures.
Others are the Tollway Club and the MTR Metro fan club. None can be touched by Ministerial fiat.
These matters are of the essence. They characterise a shift from the true-blue ethics of Menzies and subsequent PMs, to Turnbull's corruption of processes and values as maintained and extended by Morrison and Frydenberg, with McCormack wandering in the paddock.
In April 2019 Jack Waterford wrote in Tearing up the political rulebook (SMH):