Purchase Edition

Edition 57


Lessons of history

Keeping politics out of policing

If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them
is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred,
and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate.

George Orwell, 1984


I COULDN’T MOVE. Curled up paralysed at the bottom of the stairs I just wanted the screams to stop. My brother couldn’t stop his cries and my dad wouldn’t stop hitting him with the belt. I shrank as small as I could and did nothing. I can still hear my brother’s screams, even now. To my eternal shame, I was so glad it wasn’t me.

It was probably a weekend because we never saw Dad much during the week. There was always a pattern to these things, an escalation, for not doing as... Read more

To access the full text version of this article, login if you are a subscriber.
Subscribe to Griffith REVIEW or purchase the edition in our Online Store.

From Griffith Review Edition 57: Perils of Populism © Copyright Griffith University & the author.

Griffith Review