What sort of Boys’ Own adventure is Tony Abbott living?
The job of the commander-in-chief is to support and encourage the troops on the ground, along with the civilian victims in this case the people living on the NSW fire front.
It is definitely not to engage himself in a weekend of getting dirty on the fire line to earn a photo opportunity.
My fire training hammered home the principle that as soon as the crew leader handles a fire hose he stops being the crew leader.
If he were to study the work of Major-General Alan Stretton in the aftermath of cyclone Tracy, or Field Marshal Viscount Slim’s Burma campaign, he would learn what real leaders do.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.