Something has gone awry. There must needs be time to consider … and if I can pinch a line or two:
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer … ”
Every time I listen to an interview by a journalist from the mainstream media (MSM) – mostly from the ABC – with a politician or some other notable person, I am finding myself getting more and more frustrated at the direction and the (depending on the interviewee) aggression or the soft-soap tone of the journalist. I listen carefully to ascertain if it is just a prejudice on my part … I have done this for quite a while now, doubting my capacity for objective analysis … but after seeing and hearing many interviews over the last few months, I have to make the judgement that those regular journalists who do the interviews are leaning in an obvious bias toward the conservative side of politics. Is this just opportunism or cowardice?
Also, from my own memory of events alongside the judgements brought down against the accused in these several recent Royal Commissions, along with the excellent listing of actual facts concerning the Home Insulation Program (HIP) Royal Commission, that was published on the Independent Australia social media site, and was once again raised as a political issue in the recent “releases” of the “cabinet files”, I have to conclude that there is a “reservoir” of qualified professional people MSM are able to draw upon and who seem willing to let themselves be a “gun for hire” to deliver for the “payer” a judgement script straight from “head office”.
There also appears to be a willing participation from many higher education academics to just go along with or vehemently support that ideal of politics most destructive to expansive or less expensive education for the people … in face of the fact that their own education may have been as a result of the free tertiary education system in place at the time of their own advancement into higher learning … one has to wonder if they subconsciously deny even the success of their own capacity as an academic? And, of course, there are the many lesser professions that are too willing to toss their lot in with whoever will accommodate their personal pecuniary peccadilloes … one expects no better from these.
Which brings me to the nub of my argument … and to pinch a line from the erstwhile Jason Hand:
”There’s too much White Collar and not enough Blue Singlet.”
And this is the problem … and this is the thing that has gone awry … and this is the falcon that no longer hears the falconer. Where it has become obvious to the suburbs that the political argy-bargy, the subtle exchanging of brown bags of money, the consideration for the “Privileged Parental Leave” as against the struggling single mother in the ‘burbs, the lawyers and the litigants, the judiciary and the journalists are become so far removed from the everyday concerns of us plebs that it is almost irrelevant to even bother thinking about equality for the low wage earners and pensioners … and it is a shame. One has to wonder if many long-serving politicians are so “embedded” with the life-style and remunerations, they have lost the “fire-in-the-belly” aggressiveness to strike at the heart of the problems.
And yet we curse those “stupid people” who voted one way or the other, without considering their position in the here and now … because, if we think about the above examples, where it seems the many “enlightened and highly educated in society” are – apparently – taking the money and running … why on earth would a low-income, lower educated downwardly mobile peon not reconsider their loyalties and simply follow any money? Why do we expect those with the least clout, the least capacity for risk, do what those of greater wealth and better position do not even stop to consider before tossing their lot in with the destroyers of social order for a grubby “thirty pieces of silver”?
And that is why the MSM, in conjunction with the LNP has manipulated the policy interpretations and truthfulness of “promises” put forward by the LNP before the last election. That is why I see those crappy “interrogations” of the PM. There is no doubt there is regret in the suburbs, there is anger bubbling under the surface so now we have “Malcolm the Magnificent” the “deliverer of justice” being cynically promoted … they are low … but they know every trick in the book and they just tweak it here, tweak it there. But the biggest disappointment, is the lack of leadership from the higher strata of society … those of the judiciary. Of the legal fraternity and the academic fraternity … from the professions that have established networks that reach up into the high political circles … they need the example of integrity of another Weary Dunlop … while we already have many a “Joe Hill and Rosa Luxemburg” … we need to witness some gumption from these people to set example and yes! … to stand up and out and brazen it out to “cop it sweet” when the filth move against them … as they have moved against individual workers ,and the unions. For it is from such example the greater mass of citizenry take the lead and then the natural decency that is at the moment dormant in us all will break in a wave over these low-bred parasites that will have all our shoulders bent under their yoke and all our necks crushed under their jack-boots!
Damn their eyes!