January 30, 2013
Only a fool
Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday known as the Day of Atonement. Many Jewish people in Australia spend the day fasting and praying. In 2013, the Day of Atonement is on Saturday, September 14.
September 14 is also smack bang in the middle of the footy finals, it's the pointy end of the season for all codes of the game, a time during which many people in Australia spend their weekends eating, drinking and praying.
On Wednesday 30 January 2013, Julia Gillard, Prime Minister, announced that the next federal election will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013.
Yesterday, Tim Mathieson, the fun-time partner of the Prime Minister, who has quietly undertaken a full time workload of good works during his time in The Lodge, made a nervous, ill-thought, yet funny remark about the anal finger probing procedure that forms part of a standard prostate-health check up. The Prime Minister was not amused. Today, the Prime Minister stuck the finger up everyone.
The nearly eight month election campaign is already being touted as clever, much in the way people praise a dog that figures out how to sit or roll over. What a clever, clever girl.
It's not clever.
P.S. This is the reason we urgently need fixed four year terms in federal politics. No more idiotic stunts. No more interminable speculations on when the next election will or won't be held - and with Gillard as PM, we have had non-stop speculation, two years and four months of it. Enough of this shit.