Stewart Kennedy

Left, right, wrong all over: Our politicians are weak, and they’ve lost us

Our trust in our politicians sits at an all-time low, and rightfully so. Both left and right have done nothing to cultivate trust from the electorate.

 

 

Sad really, we’re surrounded by lightweights, gutless wimps (well, except for Pauline Hanson) those who don’t deserve the word “politician” anywhere near their name.

Back when politicians were people who stood for something and stuck to it, the word meant something. These days voters think that all politicians focus on is, “how can I compose a nasty media ‘grab’ against the opposition today?”, or worse, “how can I rush to the ‘middle ground’, so that I will be liked by the majority? After all, the more I’m liked, the more chance I have of keeping my job.”

Along the way, voters have lost any belief in politicians, any respect for them. Voters of all political persuasions don’t believe them. Voters are sick of the bullshit they go on about every time they open their mouth.

(Mind you, “trial by media” is alive and well in Australia and internationally. But, more about that another time.)

Just watch Question Time in Canberra from The House Of Representatives, or worse, The Senate. Cameron, the little Scottish unionist, is one of my favourites. Every time he stands up he tries to say something exceedingly “clever” and “hurtful” (watch his eyes) to those on the opposite side. He always comes across as a sneaky little worm.

The name “representatives” by the way, infers that they represent you. Apparently, you voted them into power!

Why? Who knows. Probably because you had to vote for someone or risk being fined. You might have just voted for who you thought would be the best of the bunch. Or, maybe you just voted for the person you liked most.

Watch Question Time for an hour, if you can be bothered. Take notice, particularly of the Labor Party questions, and then ask yourself…

Are these the people I want running our country?

Do they offer a seriously worthwhile alternative to the Liberals?

Do I trust them to manage the future economy of Australia?

There are no leaders on the horizon yet in either major party. Maybe Julie Bishop would be an exception. Turnbull never did much. Most of the heavy lifting was done by the guy he knifed.

For those of you who don’t remember, once The Labour Party stood for the worker, and the Liberal Party stood for capitalism. Both parties were strong on what they believed in and committed to their fundamental beliefs. And as a voter, you understood the difference between the two, and you had a clear choice.

Today right across the world, certainly in the UK, the USA and Australia, most major political parties only say what you want to hear. Or, they risk being beaten up so badly by loud minority groups. So they just take the middle ground and give up on what they really believe.

And, the majority of voters are silly enough to be lured by false promises, or the party which promises them, well, everything!

A couple of sad examples of leadership we’ve had recently in Australia are Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.

I was once a strong right-wing voter. I loved Tony Abbott.

I thought he would be a great PM. And I believe he was for a while. But he forgot one simple truth. That is, Australian voters are “ust’a runnin’ chook raffles”. And…for the oversensitive out there, please don’t rush to your laptops to tell me “how dare you underestimate the intelligence of Australian voters.”

I love ’em, but they are ust’a runnin’ chook raffles.

And they actually “like to like” their PM. They didn’t like Tony. Bummer really, because he’s quite a nice bloke. Howard and Hawke are two great examples of PM’s that were liked in Australia. They still are. In fact, I reckon Johnny could run and win the next federal election today.

But Abbott is “dead” now. He changed from “great potential” to “liar”, the day Turnbull knifed-him. Abbott said, “There will be no wrecking, no undermining, and no sniping.”

Since the day he said that, he has done nothing but wreck, undermine and snipe. He has turned his own political career into a pile of lies. And, we don’t forgive liars.

The very popular Malcolm Turnbull then followed. Australians apparently loved him and on the wave of this popularity, he got into power. Well, that and the fact that he knifed his PM.


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But, most people still seem to think that “leading” means you need to be liked. How silly is that!

In fact, the day is fast approaching in Australia, that voters may actually vote for a PM who is a real leader. They may not totally like that person, but they will recognise the need for the leadership qualities he or she has. Again, Hawke and Howard come to mind.

But, there are no leaders on the horizon yet in either major party. Maybe Julie Bishop would be an exception.

Turnbull never did much. Most of the heavy lifting was done by the guy he knifed.

Then, there’s the Labor Party.

For decades I’ve watched The Labor Party screw the Australian economy and then the Liberal Party come in and clean it up. It happened again and again. The Labor Party screwed up the Australian economy and the Liberal Party came in and cleaned it up. And again. And again, over decades.

Now, following the Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, Abbott, Turnbull, Morrison fiasco, the Liberals have shot themselves in the foot. And also, this time, in the heart.

The next federal election will see Labor win. This truth is supported by the theory “Elections are never won, they are always lost.” And, the good old Australian voter phrase comes to mind, “Ohhh let’s give-’em-a-go. We can’t do much bloody worse than what we’ve got now!”

Oh, yes we can! Watch!

This time in government, Labor will screw the economy like it has never been screwed before. Don’t agree? Okay, I’ll let history be the judge, as it has in the past.

So what options does the Australian voter have?

Right now, people think a vote for the Greens or an Independent is a good solution. It’s not. At best it’s just short-term interference, sponsored by voter apathy and confusion.

Australia needs a radical political change, the kind of which I’m not sure Australians are ready for, or able to accept.

 

Stewart Kennedy

Stewart Kennedy is a veteran adman who is a disillusioned Tony Abbott supporter desperately hoping for a Trump-lite figure to lead Australia to a new era in which we only have diplomatic relations with countries who have right-wing governments.

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