The author was inspired to write ‘Poor Poppy and the Chocolate Man’ to help bring to the attention of all parents the realization that their children can become victims of a pedophile. At the same time she wishes to give the reader an insight into behind the scenes of the unknowing families, the law enforcement’s detectives’ efforts to help stamp out these ever increasing everyday heinous acts of behavior and the recognition for the introduction of harsher sentences.
The author also wishes to state that whilst the Australian Government has apologised to the stolen generation it is her heartfelt wish that through the pages of ‘Poor Poppy and the Chocolate Man’ a sincere apology will reach all of the children who have become victims of a pedophile.
Uphill with Churchill
Rose C Taylor
The inherent vice of capitalism is the uneven division of blessings, while the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal division of misery. (Sir Winston Churchill).
On May 18th 1901, the late Sir Winston Churchill announced he had no intention of disassociating himself from the Conservative Party but had every intention of upholding his attitude and continuing his fight for economy (New York Times Archives).
As stated by a reader of The Australian I am also of the opinion that Senator George Brandis, of Queensland and Malcolm Turnbull the leader of the opposition, represent the true face of the Liberal Party. It must be recognized that the Liberal party in principle is not a "conservative" party—this fact is more often than not something that the media generally doesn't seem to want to accept.
It is a generally acknowledged that the late Sir Robert Menzies was well aware that the success of the Liberal Party depended on it appealing across the board from the centre left to the centre right. One could argue that John Howard destroyed the centre left wing of the party and took what was left further to the right and that this ideology in the end led to the demise of the Liberal Party which ultimately resulted in Kevin Rudd successfully convincing those of the liberal left that he was the accepted successor to Menzies, not John Howard. However, could it not now also be argued that this belief has proven to be grossly dishonest?
Although is may be an uphill battle, what is becoming more than apparent in readiness for the next election, Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis, among others, must be successful in remaking the Liberal Party in its true image; would this be accomplished by leaving the far right to the farming socialists of the National Party and the far left to the Greens?
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. (Sir Winston Churchill) 
When we look back at the splurge of spin that Kevin Rudd sprouted in his essay ‘The Global Financial Crisis’ we have to ask the question what did he not understand about the word ‘crisis’?
In my book Kevin Rudd has always from the very beginning of his prime ministerial duties displayed tendencies towards manic depression; he certainly gains admiration for his diplomatic skills, however, it is a definite virtue that I dislike—at the same time I do not admire his vice of here today gone tomorrow.
Kevin Rudd was voted in as the leader of this country’s government. Taking credit for our past leader’s successes yet on the other hand continually blaming him for the wrongs facing this country surely does not put him in a credible position.
At what point of time will both Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard take responsibility for the policies neglected by them? Their inability to be made accountable is the real ‘crisis’ facing this country which in time can only lead to Australia being at the real front of the ‘Global Financial Crisis’.
Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried. (Sir Winston Churchill) 
The Australian political system is in some ways democratic, and in some ways not. (John Kilcullen) 
If the relationship between Prime Minister, Parliament and the electorate is the most democratic part of the system it is slowly being eroded. As stated earlier by me accountability is a dirty word in this day and age of the Labor Party and is robbing us of the true meaning of democracy.
Although there is no guarantee that democratic decisions will produce justice for racial, linguistic, religious and other minorities, and/or produce just and wise decisions about relations with other nations (e.g. on war, trading policies), including environmental questions and other matters affecting the interests of future generations democracy must be the main aim of our government. There should always be the opportunity for individuals or minorities to exert pressure for true and undeterred democratic views.
What does democracy mean? In Ancient Greece some cities were democracies, others were oligarchies. Democracy here in Australia once meant being ruled by the people, however, the question now to be considered is are we currently oligarchy and being ruled by the few?
While unions continue to influence the Labor Party is it fair to assume that oligarchy does rule?
From wanting to have all welfare participants use a debit card that will enable the government to monitor their spending habits to banning up to two year old children from watching television along with other numerous ‘nanny type’ and non-feasible policies one can only conclude that Australia is fast becoming the socialist non-democratic country envisioned by Kevin Rudd in his essay 'The Global Financial Crisis'.
Rose C Taylor
27th Oct, 2009
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