Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I honesty do not know how anyone can take politicians seriously.
I mean, seriously??
I'm not that into politics.
I grew up with parents who where heavily into politics,
and while some kids follow their parents' interests,
this interest couldn't be further from my interest!

I was watching Q&A last night on ABC, as I often do.
It's a fun social experience these days if you add Twitter to the mix.
I try to keep mildly informed.
I do not read newspapers because I trust journalists even less than I trust politicians.
And I do not trust politicians as far as I could throw them...not far!

I know it makes a huge difference to some people who is running the country.
To me, not so much.
My life doesn't change very much when when one party is ousted and another takes over.
Truthfully, I think everyone should get a go, keep changing it up, keep everyone on their toes, keep more people happy.
The same government (which ever one) for too long is not good, in my opinion.

I grew up thinking that only one side was right, the other side was always wrong.
And if 'the other side' won, the world would end.
The 'other side' did win when I was about 12 or 13.
The way all the grown ups around me were talking, I was expecting some kind of darkness to descend.
I felt sick.
I thought life as I knew it was over.

But when nothing (and I mean nothing) changed, I realized it doesn't matter so much.

Politicians all look the same and talk the same to me.
All I hear is blah blah, blah blah blah.
I'm better than you, no, I'm better than you, no, I'm better than you, wanna bet? OK....election!

I don't think politicians care much about doing anything of much benefit at all.

I think they have three major priorities...
1.  Put down the other side as often as possible.
2.  Say and do anything to ensure being elected or re-elected.
3.  Listen to the people and act upon their needs and wants.

However, I think they spend so much time on numbers 1 and 2 that they rarely, if ever, get to number 3.
It's pitiful watching grown-ups bickering and squabbling they way they do.
If I wanted to hear that kind of behaviour I'd go to the local school playground.
And to be honest I'd much rather hear that behaviour from children.
It's totally unbecoming from adults.

So pollies, unless you have something constructive to say, I'm sorry,
I have my fingers in my ears and I can't hear you....
nah nah nah nah nah :-P


  1. You forgot number 4 and the most important...get elected to government so they can claim a lovely pension once they retire.

    They shit me to tears sometimes too! I've been thinking about writing a post for the last few weeks with all of this hoo-ha but I just haven't figured out my thoughts yet, but I do know one thing, I'm pretty over "Moving Forward'!

  2. I hate these ads! Make them stop! AHHHH! They have to be the worst thing about Elections. Gawd. xx

  3. This reminded me of Koshi interviewing Tony Abbott this morning on TV.

    It was hilarious. They were both laughing at points, because (I think) they both see it as farce.

    How can it be anything else when Abbott wearing budgie smugglers is just as news worthy as policy?

  4. Everyone has different views on this, and I respect that. So, here's my take -
    My parents were always Labor votes. Unionism was important. I never really thought about it. Then when I was 9 we moved to Tasmania. We arrived just before the start of the Gordon below Franklin Dam fight. We holidayed in Strahan. We walked through the then very full camp grounds, Dad stopped and talked to protesters.
    I saw first hand the birth of Bob Brown's political career. I will also always (in my mind at least) connect Bob Hawke sweeping to power on the back of the No Dam! debate.
    Later in life I watched Rodney Croome fight for equality and gay rights in Tassie. I went to a school where Christine Milne taught before moving into politics. I also taught an education ministers children.
    So, how has this all shaped my political opinion? Well, it has, for better or worse made me believe that one vote, one person, can make a difference. That my vote does count. That my beliefs, whether they be in the majority or the minority, are worth voting for.
    I also think that we are lucky to have the ability to stroll into a polling station and cast our vote freely. Without persecution, threats or violence.
    Having said this, we are also lucky to live in a country where we are free not to care at all about politics.

    So, that's my take on it... a blog post in it self really!


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