Sobering thoughts as parties gather for think-ins
John Drennan considers the state of our Government and Opposition at the end of a long, hot summer
The autumn party gathering is a curious political patchwork quilt of a think-in, a drink-in and a confidence-building event that often degenerates into a bitching exercise.
Despite ongoing attempts to invite a scattering of intellectuals to take the bare look off things, like the summer school or thinking itself for that matter, the party think-in has declined in status.
One reason may be that too often our think-in has turned into a lock-in and on one famous occasion, a political death trap.