What IS a Zeitgeist?
Jerman for "Spirit of the Age". In this case it is to mean the "spirit" of the Utanian
people, the magazine reporting the people's thoughts behind the press-releases and reported
Boornal blasts Pres. Hope
Max Boornal this week blasted his party's leader, President Hope, for "betraying
the principles under which this party was formed", over the military occupation of the I'ana
archipelago. If it were anyone but Boornal, Hope would have returned fire, but he cannot
afford to alienate one of the Conservative Party's leading backbench figures.
Max Boornal is probably the leading backbencher in the Conservative party, a highly
respected man of enormous integrity. Last weekend, his angry silence over the President's
military occupation of the I'ana archipelago was deafening. During the week, he let his anger
"The President is lowering the standing of the party to the level of the nationalists",
said an angry Boornal greeting journalists outside his office in the far northern city of
Waitaki. "He is betraying everything that the Conservative party has been fighting for." To
Boornal, the Conservative Party is about promoting economic development, being mature and
responsible in all matters economic and financial, and not "resorting to populist attempts
simply to be elected."
President Hope has been stinging from the attack for, as this week's Kapur-Zeitgeist
poll shows, many Conservative voters agree with Boornal. But, despite the pain, Hope has not
counter-attacked: it's his turn for his silence to be deafening. Why?
Max Boornal, the legend
Max Boornal was one of the Guwimith Empire's leading bankers. General Manager of
Finance for the Guwimith National Bank, which including International Bond and currency
trading, Boornal is now Utania's leading international finance expert, an obvious candidate to
manage the Utanian Reserve Bank, or be Hope's Director of Treasury and Finance. Furthermore,
Max Boornal is known for his integrity.
When the Guwimith Wide Shore (now Luka) National Party government of Davis Karizcek
descended into corruption, nepotism and furious money-laundering, it was Max Boornal who stood
alone against the Emperor's third cousin, demanding that the government be sacked by the
Dependencies Administration Executive, which reported to the Emperor. Boornal suffered the
loss of his banking job, was forced to move his family to Gvonj, and endured threats and
attempts upon his life while he campaigned ceaselessly against the Karizcek regime. Eventually,
the efforts paid off in 297, when the Dependencies Security Division, on orders from the Tsar,
seized control of the province. Boornal was elected to the provincial parliament unopposed
in late 298, his integrity and steadfastness.
It is this reputation that makes Boornal such a danger to President Hope. Boornal has
never expressed great ambition to lead the country, and is therefore no direct threat to
Hope's leadership. But, as a paragon of moral leadership, Boornal could bring down the
President for failing to live up to the mission of the Conservative Party.
Politically, Boornal is almost too conservative for the Conservative Party. He believes
fervently in individual effort and minimal government, and that the corporate world could
operate many functions of the state better than the public service, which he regards as an
"anti-meritocracy". Yet, while President Hope attempts to make the party "everything to
everyone", Boornal may be the party's only dissident rallying for "true conservative values".
Boornal is therefore one to watch with interest.
Stocks continue to stagnate - when will the Govt. release cash controls?
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©Mike Ham, 2000. All rights reserved. No reproduction without, at least, tacit approval. ;-)