February 8, 2013

Give me a little sigh now

From the beginning, one of Gillard’s core problems has been a lack of authority, exacerbated by the Greens component of the hung parliament and her handling of it. 

The vacuum at the top is disconcerting to Australians and once it’s filled you’ll almost be able to hear the sigh of relief. People would have a Prime Minister again. 

And were practicing already:  *SIGH*

Take a cold shower, Kevin


  1. sigh



    And again ...

  2. I meant to respond to something you wrote during the week, Geoffff ... it was about how Australians takes such interest in elections, and you said there was nowhere else like it in other countries.

    Now, you'll have to forgive me if it wasn't you, and if that wasn't an accurate summary of the thought.

    Anyway, I was surprised, and I don't agree. I don't think there's anything special about our level of interest, nor even is it especially high interest. Hell, most people I know don't even watch the unfolding on telly on election night - I can't imagine doing much else, but for others, meh, not so much.

    Someone I know happened to be in the US at the time of their presidential election last year: cheering in the streets, literally, when Obama win became evident. Ain't never seen such collective political engagement or enthusiasm here.

  3. Anonymous8:04 AM

    The problem with Australians is apathy.

    The politically engaged? About 1 in 10 at best.

    But who gives a stuff?


  4. It was me Caz but that is not quite what I said

    I wasn't talking about the level of interest or engagement in elections (which I suspect is higher here but only because of compulsory voting).

    I was talking about the actual electoral process itself and the atmosphere of the polling stations on the day. How casual they are and generally good natured. There's something distinctly Australian about that it seems to me.

  5. I was in the US during a presidential election many years ago. There was almost no public campaigning that I could detect. The whole thing was contested on TV.

  6. Geoffff - indeed, and having read iJustin's comment, I realised I had misrepresented your thought, but didn't get a chance to post yesterday.

    Interesting your observation about US elections being largely played out on screen. Perhaps, as a visitor, the haranguing of people - the "grass roots" and door knocking (now SMSing??) merely to convince people to go and vote, wouldn't be visible. Very different ballgame. At least all we get is barrage of glossy claims to convince us what they have done or will do for us.

    Yes, agree that voting day itself is likely unique. A jaunt out into the neighbourhood, joke with every party volunteer - take all flyers, makes them all happy! - maybe a sausage and sauce, if you're lucky, and it's a weekend.

    Can't believe Americans still have to vote on a Tuesday, a work day, friggin' stupid. Surely not that hard to adjust to the modern era, change whatever they need to change, to take account of most people not being farmers.