The Red And The Blue is an online political column and discussion forum published by Yale Stephens, examining and analysing issues in Australian state and federal politics, international politics, and providing comment and perspectives from an independent conservative viewpoint.
Chiefly, this column is a discussion centred on electoral behaviour and what influences and changes it. From time to time, however, less overtly political matters are examined.
Alternative viewpoints are welcome here — please come prepared to argue the case! — and debate is encouraged.
Abuse, obscenity, defamatory content and personal attacks will not be published. “Sock puppet” accounts and persistently vitriolic trolls will be blocked and blacklisted from the site. Astroturfing will not be tolerated, and its practitioners will find themselves similarly excluded from participating in discussion.
Yale is a Melbourne-based freelance blogger and writer. He has a lifelong passion for politics (with British politics a specialty interest, bordering on obsession) and has intimate knowledge of Australia’s political, electoral and parliamentary systems.
A conservatively-minded member of the Liberal Party for most of the time since he was 18, he nevertheless speaks independently and critically of his “own side” when issues and circumstances warrant.
Originally from Brisbane before coming south in 1998, he was a “flag waver” as the Liberal candidate for the safe ALP seat of Bundamba at the 1995 Queensland State Election.
The Red And The Blue…clearly, Yale sits in the blue corner…
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I run this forum in my spare time; other commitments (which pay bills) always take precedence.
If I disappear for a few days every now and then, be assured: I’ll be back.
Anyone looking for my lifestyle and social comment column can access it here.