April 8, 2014

Work experience MP: Palmer the part-time politician


  1. Interesting. Wilkie only missed the one? Seems what you see is what you get with him. Same might be said of the full of himself Palmer.

  2. With Palmer, what they see is what they like - a LOT - for voters.

    But they liked Pauline Hanson a LOT too.

    It's a sad consistency in our little country, to vote for the load, obnoxious, stupid, or useless, who then disrupt and influence outcomes for years and years.

    You'd almost have to think that punters consider politics to be a game, not something that affects their lives.

  3. Anonymous1:55 PM

    But politics is a game, very similar to world championship wrestling.

    I used to work at the wrestling back in the 60s (at White City), the punters would turn up and cheer for their guy (or team), some took it quite seriously, all the while knowing that it wasn't really fair dinkum, but it was entertaining. Afterwards, when all the punters had gone home, we'd go up to the bar and have a few beers. The wrestlers would also be having a few friendly beers just having beat the shit out of one another, everyone was happy, especially the faceless promoters who always made money no matter who won or who lost.

    How the promoters designed the game:

    The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy.

    - Carrol Quigley, Tragedy and Hope


  4. ... without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy ...

    Interesting, since Australians clearly believe that any change in party will indeed lead to profound or extreme shifts, hence why they aren't inclined to change gov't very often. Although that's becoming an historic observation, the public has become fickle, and more stupid.

    You also worked in wrestling? Is there anything your haven't done?!

  5. Anonymous11:09 PM

    I used to work out at White City when about 18 years old on a Friday night. I usually worked at the gate and when everyone was seated I could watch the wrestling, boxing, roller game and so on. A paid night out but I usually spent most of the cash I earned on booze up at the club afterwards.

    Personally I don't see big differences in our parties, the name of the game is to keep the promoters (Mr Global for lack of a better name) happy, and the plebs distracted, misinformed while in fear and envy of one another. Sadly democracy (a healthy well informed democracy) has never been given a chance.

    “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ...We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. ...In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons...who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” ~ Edward Beranys.


  6. No, not a big difference in our parties at all, and that includes the holier than thou Greens and others of their ilk. All are players, and so little is achieved. We can't even build basic infrastructure without 'debating it' (delaying it) for 30 or 50 years first. Then it takes 10 or 20 years to actually build. In China, they build thousands of new homes, unrelentingly, year after year, to house people moving from rural areas into the developed areas. Six weeks to build a 30 story fully functioning, ready to move in, apartment block - or something like that - maybe it's eight weeks. Infrastructure is thrown up in other Asian countries in much the same staggering timeframes. Build an airport and a few bridges? Two years. Here? Eternity.

    Yes, the political and social settings are vastly different (you won't get our unions to agree to building work going on 24 hours a day, in shifts - even if they could get massive penalties), but it makes us, in our first world circumstances, look dumb. And we are.

    Can't agree that only a small number of people control the public mind. In the past, small communities policed the local social mores, then the churches, then it shifted to more to the media, while today it's more in the political and broad community realms. People have surrendered personal accountability to parliament, and then complain about parliament attempting to legislate behaviour and thought. The other side of the scale is the internet (including on news pages), where acceptable and unacceptable thoughts are viciously defended or attacked - today, instead of a tut tut from a next door neighbour, a mother can be flamed by 10 thousand women telling her that she deserves to die for one or other mothering or housewife crime.

    No, the small group still believe they run the show, but group think is now a reality, so the small group of people who think they pull the strings is redundant. There are tens of millions of people weighing in to control their fellow humans.

    I think I'd prefer a handful of dicks who believe they run the show, than millions of ignorant arseholes who really do.