Like me, Paul Barratt is one of those New Englanders whose personal connections are deeply entwined with the North. We link and interlink in just so many ways. Both of us had to leave New England, in Paul's case for a very distinguished career in the Commonwealth Public Service.
I mention this because Paul has just completed a series of posts directly relevant to New England concerns. In date order, they are:
- Saturday, September 4, 2010 Tony Windsor’s gone to Tamworth
- Sunday, September 5, 2010 Which way will the country independents jump?
- Monday, September 6 2010 Over-governed, yes, but not in the way you think
- Monday, September 6 2010 Country independents didn’t invent pork
One of the things that I struggle to get across sometimes is that New England has its own political and intellectual traditions that are not the exactly same as those holding elsewhere in Australia. We think and care in slightly different ways.
Both Paul and I in our own ways represent those traditions. Now, in our writing, we try to get this across, to preserve and develop something that we believe is of value.
You won't find the names, the events, the traditions that we value, in today's conventional history books. That history is written by others who, for reasons of locale or fashion, do not share our concerns. We write in part to redress this.
I think that's important. Once we lose our past, we are truly lost.