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A Deserving Cause

A Deserving Cause

Friday 25 September, 2015
Roger Pugh argues that the only way to guard against the prospect of Australia being Trumped is an absolute resolve to accept nothing less than the prime ministers we deserve.
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The Roger Pugh Perspective

It’s hardly surprising we no longer hear the old adage that we get the politicians we deserve and as for prime ministers don’t even think about it.

It could possibly be argued we deserved Kevin to shake us out of our complacency post Hawke, Keating and Howard but six months would have been ample. We may even have deserved him a second time as a blessed relief from Julia reassuring us we were “moving forwards” after reversing into the carbon tax although in the circumstances a couple of weeks would have been more than enough.

Julia was the prime minister deserved by the faceless men, the Greens, the First Bloke and Rob Oakeshott. The rest of us were grateful to her for stabbing Kevin but beyond that the last thing we deserved was Bob Brown being called in to help.

PM leaves the lodgeEven the Labor Party deserved Tony to deliver them from the second coming of Kevin. However the past two years has taught us we didn’t deserve a Prince Philip knighthood – perhaps he didn’t either – or Bronnie’s bold initiative to take Melbourne-Geelong travel into the twenty-second century or even the game of Hockey where there never seemed to be any winners.

We don’t deserve Malcolm because we didn’t vote for him but he has a year before the next election to demonstrate he’s a deserving case.

There is no question that Bill Shorten would be the prime minister that the ACTU deserves but according to the polls the rest of us believe we only deserve him about as much as Tony so hopefully Labour will take the hint and come up with a more deserving case.

Surely we deserve a prime minister who can sustain at least a fifty percent rating in the preferred PM polling and can last in the job at least one term. If it is now beyond the capacity of political parties to produce a candidate who can meet even these minimum acceptable prime ministerial standards the folks have got to take a stand.

Unless things improve dramatically over the next year the 2016 federal election could loom as a choice between a prime ministerial candidate deserved by the ACTU and another deserved by Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Scott Morrison.

If we have to abandon all hope of getting the politicians we deserve we must never give up on the prime minister. There is grave concern that even now in some dark corner of the land a Trump-inspired candidate could be hatching politically incorrect plans to seize the Lodge.

That’s why a group of concerned citizens are already forming the Prime Ministers We Deserve Movement to fight for our just deserts. The Movement’s list of populist candidates already includes Hugh Jackman, Shane Warne, Leigh Matthews, Wayne Bennett, Michael Cheika (but only if the Wallabies win the World Cup) and Jennifer Hawkins.


About this Series
Roger Pugh who has written most of the articles on Friday Mash occasionally publishes one under his own name for the reassurance that Abbattman or Jacqui’s Think Tank haven’t yet completely taken him over. His aim to convince those who are disillusioned with politics that it is a worthwhile activity if only for its entertainment value. He believes that politics could become really popular if politicians would only understood how funny they are and gave up trying to be so serious about everything.

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