I made myself a promise that I wouldn’t be sucked in in this election. Every about it is depressing. How Labor went all about protecting the borders, the messy ascension of Julia Gilliard and how their stuff up may mean that we may have Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.
What’s happening in Australia? It seems that everytime we get a Liberal Prime Minister he is more conservative and reactionary then the previous one. I could never imagine someone worse than Howard but there you go.
Even with my disillusionment with Labor their government would be immeasurably more preferable than Tony Abbott. And it is not like they don’t have a good message, just that the mainstream media seems not interested. So any message go wasted in what Julia said, what Kevin said and Tony can smile at the cameras and get an uncontested grab in the nightly news, and that’s depressing.
I can say now that if Abbott wins that will be it for me and Australian politics. I will disengage. Not that I respect the view of other people that are different from mine. If we had Turnbull as Prime Minister I would feel much better. He certainly would have shoved workers with a free market agenda, but at least he would be more socially progressive. So the majority of Australians and the media want Abbott? Fine, have him. I am too old to get huffed up and engaged. I will get by with my soccer, my Italian radio station and my iPod. Perhaps I can read more books instead or watching Lateline. Everything can get by without me.