Only marginally connected to crime, or rather to crime fiction
"It is not your fault that your parents lacked sufficient confidence in your personal maturity and ability to respond to the opportunities offered by government school education — and Australia has one of the best systems in the world, by the way, despite the relentless propaganda to the contrary by the vested interest of the private-school lobby.
"Right now, you are the victims. Later, of course, society will be your victim, and will suffer from the attitudes with which you are indoctrinated here.
"But who knows? Just as prison does not always break the spirit of all who are incarcerated there, perhaps you will not turn out to be a burden to society.”
I suspect Maloney was not invited back the next year. Living as I do in the United States, I was surprised by Maloney’s straightforward embrace of the term government school education. In this country, such terms are most often invoked by ideologues and by opportunists angling for government contracts and subsidies.
It put me in mind of the recent news that MSNBC was pulling up stakes and leaving New Jersey ten years after it received tax forgiveness and other incentives worth many millions of dollars in return for promising to stay fifteen years. That's a crime! Or rather, that's a public-private partnership.
© Peter Rozovsky 2007