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Politics matter

Unscrambling omlettes..

ShaunO

1-Minute Read

Politics do matter. And at an individual level if people watch stupid things, read stupid things, and believe in stupid things - guess what? they then actually vote for stupid things..

The UK situation in 2016 beggared belief - and I’d spent the best part of the previous 15 years in the UK by then. Then the pre actual brexit period 2016-2020 seemed like black comedy, and this last year, well what can you say, I guess predictably, it’s become a farce.

Sadly, however, this is not theatre.

This is peoples lives, real lives - not the lives of Boris Johnson or Nigel Farrage, who already had enough money even if they didn’t work another day in their life.. Real people with real families who need real jobs to earn real money so they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their head.

As William Keegan observes - “An economic omelette is being ruinously unscrambled”.

It’s now damned difficult to see how, having cracked the brexit-eggs, much can be done in the way of re-creating whole eggs and putting them back in the carton again..

Buggered if I know 😛

Government for idiots?

Parochial minor party pandering..

ShaunO

2-Minute Read

Bridget McKenzie wants to be “respected as the second party of government”..

She needs a reality check.

The National Party holds 6ish % of seats in the reps (House of Representatives, 10/151) and 15% in the senate (6/40) on a national vote take of about 4.5% - yes, less than 5% - last election. So, obviously they are a minor party. They are not 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th of anything, they are less than 5% of the vote.

Ms McKenzie herself is lucky to still have a job, after being responsible for what has widely been agreed was ‘pork-barrelling’ in the ‘sports rorts’ (‘pork-barrelling’ is just a euphemism for corruption). In any other walk of life apart from ‘up on the hill’ she would have been sacked and had criminal fraud charges brought against her.

So what respect her, and her party, deserve from the electorate adds up to virtually zero in my opinion.

More importantly, once again, we find minority representation holding the country to ransom, blackmailing the rest of us, just so they can scrape up enough votes in their home electorates.

This isn’t government in the best interests of Australia - this is shameful parochial party politics treating the electorate like we’re a bunch of idiots..

Buggered if I know 😛

Which lens to use?

Looking differently, changes what people see

ShaunO

1-Minute Read

I’m not a Stan Grant ‘fan’, but he shows an ability to interpret, synthesise, and communicate some complex ideas in this short piece.

It alludes well to the fact that interpreting ‘past and present’ depends entirely on who is holding the lens, and in which direction they are pointing it.

The most common mistake we all make (from simple individual opinions to politicians in geopolitics) it to assume that everyone is looking down the same telescope and have it pointed in the same direction as ‘we’ do..

Buggered if I know 😛

UK's chest wound

Time for Pragmatism?

ShaunO

1-Minute Read

It is surprising, given the obvious costs/impacts of Brexit on the UK, that UK politicians keep shooting themselves in the feet by defying the reality of the situation they have created.

Calling for pragmatism after you’ve ripped apart a ‘status-quo’ which had existed for 40 years is the absolute height of hypocrisy.

The time for pragmatism was when the Tories were infighting over their stance on Europe. It would have been pragmatic to resolve their issue internally then.

It’s way too late for pragmatism now.. It’s like you’ve been shot by ‘friendly fire’, and after the fact you’re going to argue about the most pragmatic way of dealing with a gaping, air-sucking, chest wound..

Buggered if I know 😛

Widgetisation

Childcare where your rugrat is a 'widget'

ShaunO

1-Minute Read

Well this is what you’ve been voting for over the past 25 years - the widgetisation of economy. An economy where everything is outsourced, quantified, and treated as a ‘profit center’.

And childcare is no different. Instead of risking being labelled a misogynist by suggesting families actually rear their own children, I think I’ll just stick with the economy of the thing..

Your some years old, two footed, screaming banshee is simply a ‘widget’ in the childcare system.

And a widget’s purpose is to, as a single unit, create as much profit margin as possible. The fact that your child is a human being is an unfortunate inconvenience. That inconvenience means that they require another human being to be involved in their care, and human beings are expensive things to pay wages to. This all means, basically, that it’s both expensive to provide childcare services, and lousy at making profits - a lose, lose situation.

Of course once we can get a single robot to herd up and keep a few hundred rugrats under control, it might all become both more affordable and profitable!! :-D

Buggered if I know 😛

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