Wednesday 6 2016
1 As the following days bleed one into another what sort of government we will have for the next three years will slowly be revealed to us. We may even go back to the polls.
What has come into question following this election is the inappropriateness of our traditional two-party system in a rapidly changing world. As the demarcation, or the ideological differences of our two major parties has over time become blurred, the influence of both has declined. Often they are both selling the same thing.
Although to be fair Labor this time did provide a distinct and clear ideological difference.
People have become tired of both parties inability to adapt to new thinking, new ideas and positive reform. If you speak to the young you are left with the impression that political philosophy is an outdated expression. They see a world that if it is to survive needs policies developed, be they social or economic, that have the common good at their heart. Policies that are free of religious dogma, political self-interest and outdated ”isms” of a bygone era.
From time to time the Australian people play around with another voice, an alternative that isn’t the answer but at least it’s an alternative. It’s usually a protest against the governance of the two major parties.
In recent times we have had the Greens who seemed to never be able to get beyond the 20% mark, and the Democrats who tried to keep the bastards honest and ran out of puff. More recently we have had populists like Pauline Hanson and Clive Palmer.
Respected author George Megalogenis writing for the Monthly said:
“Australians have not lost their faith in the idea of government. We loathe politicians, and are quick to write off the prime minister. But we never mean our protest vote as a literal act of revolt. Pauline Hanson flamed out after just one term; ditto Clive Palmer. Interestingly, the minor parties at this election are fronted by reasonable men in suits: Richard Di Natale and Nick Xenophon. They present as deal-makers rather than demagogues, another sign that Australia stands apart from its democratic peers in the US and Europe. We don’t want to smash the state, just the smugness of our two-party system.”
If ever our two-party system needed to rid itself of its smugness it is now. The right have always been smug with a born to rule mentality believing that just being in government resolved all the nation’s problems. Policies were not needed. The people just had to, in blind trust, accept that the conservatives knew without question what was best for everyone.
“The ability of thinking human beings to blindly embrace what they are being told without referring to evaluation and the consideration of scientific fact, truth and reason, never ceases to amaze me. It is tantamount to the rejection of rational explanation.”
In a similar fashion the Labor Party believes that by promoting, without always enacting its traditional values, people will vote for them.
Both parties believe that repetitive lying is an acceptable part of the political discourse. Both have failed to realise that the major reason for their decline can be identified in their own actions. The three major ones being individual self-interest, policies based on politics rather than the public interest, and bad leadership.
If they can’t recognise these things and correct them then the primary votes of both parties will continue to fall away.
Not many of us have the gift of self-analysis. We cannot stand back and see ourselves as others see us let alone readily accept criticism in good faith. Not all of us see that one who understands others has knowledge, but who understands himself has wisdom. We all want to see the world through the prism of our own version of our self-righteousness.
In addition Australia needs a leader who can put thoughts and actions into a ‘future’ perspective. One who can stand above politics and say “we are doing this for the common good. You may not like it but it’s in the best interests of the country”.
We truly have some incredible problems facing us in the near and not so distant future.
“The ideas of today need to be honed with critical reason, factual evidence and scientific methods of enquiry so that they clearly articulate the currency of tomorrow.”
As I said at the beginning. The next few weeks will determine who takes us forward. Whatever party or concoction thereof they will have a huge responsibility.
The public has displayed its anger. Our pollies had better take notice.
For the record I have always been a two-party democracy sort of person but I have come to the conclusion that unless the two in question can adapt to a future of new economics and a youthful thinking acknowledgement that we are all in it together then they are doomed to die.
2 An example of what I have written is that the left and right of the Liberal Party are now pulling each other apart. The right want to tell him what he can and cannot do if negotiations with other entities are required.
Amanda Vanstone is pleading with the party not to go to the right. How can you possible offer stable governance when your own party is pulling itself apart? Many want them to go back to Abbott who was comprehensively rejected by the electorate.
3 The blame game continues with the human trait of blaming everyone but oneself on everyone’s lips.
The Prime Minister blamed Labor for everything as did Abbott-backer Andrew Nikolic who blamed GetUp! for a 10% swing that cost him the seat of Bass. Nikolic is probably right about GetUp but last I heard we were still a democracy.
My thought for the day.
“Science has made in my lifetime the most staggering achievements and they are embraced, recognised and enjoyed by all sections of society. The only areas that I can think of where science is questioned is in the religious fever of climate change doubters, conservative politics and unconventional religious belief.”