Let us stop talking falsely and start talking about realities. I am on a “conversation friendly” basis with a lady with one child who suffers a debilitating affliction, brought about by an unfortunate car accident that happened to her while she was in late pregnancy. The car accident smashed the woman’s pelvis and in consequence caused some brain damage to the foetus she was carrying at near term … the result has meant both a rebuild of the woman’s bone structure with metal parts and a lifelong commitment to the child’s condition.
While the lady in question is from a upper middle class section of society that allows relief from many of the inconveniences that a poorer person in the same situation would feel, it still does not for one moment relieve the reality of the situation when a distressed child needs a mother’s affection. Whatever the persons private means, the medical necessity must over-ride.
I tell this little cameo of an unfortunates situation because in the wider world of this nation’s political situation and the cost of living and the everyday ups and downs of trying to get by, we – the citizen body – have to carry the burden of supplying for our family’s needs. There is no avoiding, without grave repercussion, the necessity of immediate attention to children and our loved ones. Of course, this is where a connection to the upper middle class could alleviate some of that burden … and that is where it brings this conversation here to the nub.
With failure on many fronts of domestic supply and demand for jobs, energy costs, climate change action, violence, education, communications … and on and on, we can see no real solution coming from those in leadership at the head of our federal government … none whatsoever … only more propaganda through its mainstream media (MSM) channels and more fumbling and bumbling when reform is both needed and long overdue.
We have in the leadership of this nation, representatives of the best education providers, what could be claimed as “successful business persons”, the “best qualified legal brains” in both government and advisory boards … in short, the best of the best representatives of the upper middle class strata of society … the most rewarded and well-educated, in the one or two most esteemed universities in the world. And yet they fail … and fail so dismally that you’d need a freight-train pulling an endless link of sealed box-wagons to contain all their fumbling excuses for that failure. We see manufacturing failure, economic failure, diplomatic, military and well-being of the nation’s citizenry failure … In short, the governing middle class no longer has either the capacity, capability, nor right to rule.
I make the case here and now for future leadership of this nation to be controlled and managed by those with experience and skills in a physical work-life.
Many years ago I worked in my trade capacity as a builder for Professor Igor Kluvanek. The twist was that because when he first studied in communist Czechoslovakia, it was a requirement (as the professor himself in formed me) that a trade skill was first learned that would compliment those further academic pursuits … so the good professor was a qualified electrical engineer before he became a mathematician and he could do welding and electrical wiring required for his renovations. Now that is an example of the success of combining trade with profession which ought to be the norm for all advanced education in any State.
The failure of a pure higher education training in only professional careers, is that it denies one the “hands on” skills that give hard knowledge to the body of what precisely is required for a system of implemented policies. For instance, when we have someone like Malcolm Turnbull holding the position of leader of the State, being advised by ministers or lobby groups from the same level and background of education and capabilities as himself, there can hardly be expected a position more favourable to the mass of the people out in the suburbs and regions who will benefit long-term from their policy intentions … they just do not have the capacity or experience or intention to know how far one has to stretch every dollar … and I mean every dollar! … not every million or so!
With the trained skills and experience of a trade under one’s belt, there comes as a bonus the satisfaction and confidence of self-reliance that in many cases insulates one from the necessity to consult or hire external persons to do repair or construct when required, hence saving much valued time and money for other things. One develops through the practicalities of hands-on application a certain insight into how structures and system developments are used and employed in the making of more than just the product at hand … and one can become astute in tracing the logic and rationale of thought behind a thing – as any person can tell you when forced to confront emergency repair in a stranded situation, be it complex mechanics or the simple straps on a child’s stroller – when the awful reality presents itself, chances are one rises to the occasion.
It is in the self-confidence of one’s capabilities that confidence in comprehending political policy direction can be developed. The false doctrines promulgated by a devious media or party can be seen through as either downright impractical or not user-friendly and so dismissed as useless. Many such policies put up by a totally unscrupulous and inexperienced political adviser, have been thrown out on such grounds. The reality requirements learned from hard worked experience give sarcastic wince to stupid policy and the recent experiments with both refugees and manufacturing – to pick two diverse subjects – give those of us who have physically worked with the first or in the latter, shrewd insight as to how both are an integral part of our society and would be a disaster if ignored and wasted.
The reality-blind middle class has shown through financial disaster and brinkmanship of nuclear war … has bruised the economy through stupid NBN policy to disastrous energy policy … with-held by brutal economic cruelty essential services to the poor, the disabled and elderly … colluded in disgraceful deception with big corporations to milk the last cent from the nation’s resources and pockets of the hard-working citizens of the nation for no more than a deluded ideology learned perhaps in those “magnificent institutions” that both train the mind and direct the hand of the most miserable, mealy-mouthed, avaricious and degraded persons that ever have breathed the air or suffered the delusion that they are ready and capable to govern a nation of citizens.
And if we can return to the example of the lady first mentioned in the opening of this piece, who, regardless of fortune or status, is left with the reality of her situation which only she has the capability to manage. The brutal realities of life have forced her to skill-up to handle her circumstances … likewise, those of the middle class, even within the ALP will need to skill-up or relinquish ambitions to leadership as they will not have the necessary knowledge as we see every day now with this gormless government to manage the realities of governance of a broad skilled multi-cultural society.