Bob Brown is the leader of the Australian Greens. Sometimes the man is brilliant and demonstrates his intelligence and devotion to his ideology. Sometimes though, he politically misses the mark, he gets a little driven by his ideology... Not that I think that's a bad thing, I'm driven by ideology all the time. It's just that sometimes his ideological rants leave him stranded without a lot of voters, something you kinda need in a democracy.
So why do I care? Well, if he had a bit more electoral support he'd be able to control the attention of the media a bit more and there would be more intelligent debate in this country. For instance, today he came out with this brilliant quote (from ABC news):
"Prime Minister Howard's quite prepared to spend millions of dollars sending
another 450 Australian troops to Iraq in the name of democracy but he's not game
to even use the word democracy when he meets President Hu Jin Tao in Beijing."
If only people were actually listening to him...