Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 10:29 | SYDNEY
Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 10:29 | SYDNEY

I choose to not remove all doubt*


Sam Roggeveen


24 July 2008 12:26

One of the most intoxicating things about moving from the bureaucracy to the think tank world is that, rather than being pre-occupied with trying to make your voice heard, in a think tank you are occasionally faced with  the unfamiliar sensation of having people (journalists, mostly) actually wanting your opinion. The danger is that one is so overcome with gratitude as to be tempted to speak when you should really just shut up because you have nothing intelligent to say.

So I thank Tim Dunlop for his gentle prod to get my views on the Government's decision to appoint an ambassador to the Vatican, but I will politely pass on the opportunity. The only reference I have made to that decision so far has been to direct readers to a Greg Sheridan piece that I believe Tim himself also linked to. I liked it, and I like the one he wrote today, which also touches on the subject. (Mind you, I'm a bit cynical about Sheridan's sudden appreciation of Rudd's supreme political skills.)

* "'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln