I am sure I will not have the backing of many my fellow right of centre bloggers when I say that I found the apology of the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to the aboriginal people rather moving. I see nothing wrong in a government apologising for its treatment of a people over a prolonged period of time. Where I draw the line is apologising for the sins of people hundreds of years ago - but this wasn't hundreds of years ago - it's Australia's recent history. Indeed, some argue the mistreatment and discrimination is still going on.
An apology, though, is all very well. By making it, Rudd has made a rod for his own back, as the whole world will now watch to see what action his government takes. Throwing money at the Aboriginees as a short term fix is not what is required. Taking a long hard look at their problems and coming up with long term solutions is.