By Alasdair Black
For those Canberra politicians – or politicians in general – who don’t understand the ethos of the people they represent, it can be summed up in the great Australian “fair go.”
The Australian fair go ethos goes like this: Australians are social, not Socialists, they are liberal but not Libertarian. This is the most often discussed sensible middle.
There will always be extremes of view on the right and the left or even any argument, that is the nature of people or indeed arguments. Some people are just hard line but most of us are easy going and run on the maxim that is usually the philosophical core of all religions, which is “do unto others as you would have them do unto you, in other words do no harm.”
We don’t want the State overrunning us, over our individual desires and rights, like in socialism and nor do we want the interests of the few, such as the elites running rough shod over the many in an individualist “winner takes all” privileged in-egalitarian society.
This, dear politicians, is the sensible middle. Ignore it at your peril.
Lastly and above all, represent us and our issues. We don’t care about your Machiavellian machinations jostling for power … this represents the disconnect or if you like, writ large “you are ignoring us for your own self-interests” and we do not like this. This is unfair and rattles our fair go psyche and awakens our ethical and fair go sensibilities. We don’t like it and we want to remove it. We will punish you via the ballot box for this navel gazing self-interest.
All politicians … of all persuasions … take note.