There is an ongoing discussion in Australian politics about the appropriateness of the Greens Party using an image of the recently deceased Gough Whitlam for their political advertising.
I could enter the fray with a lengthy essay on the nature of political eulogy and why I find it deeply distressing when we try to clothe contemporary political debates in the skin of the recently deceased. I could explain why a person’s death is the perfect time to put away the melee weapons and instead reflect on their dignity, humanity, and depth. I could lament that we live in such a toxic political environment that a person can’t even die to escape the mudslinging that they endured in life.
By why do any of that when a simple image will suffice? For those who thought the Greens’ use of Gough for a political campaign was appropriate, I submit the following: