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Why can’t politicians be more like us

Why can’t politicians be more like us

Friday 9 January, 2015
Australia’s leading social commentator argues that politicians should become more like normal people whatever they are.
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A Hole Comments on FridayMash

When was the last time you heard a politician say ‘I’m sorry I was wrong’?

It’s true that Kevin apologised for Pink Batts but he made it clear at the Royal Commission he was speaking on behalf of others. He also apologised to the Aborigines and he couldn’t possibly be blamed for that.

The chances of Tony and Joe apologising for their budget mess are roughly equivalent to Christine Milne proposing financial assistance to help Clive cope with the drop in iron ore prices.

All Tony needs to do to reboot his image and send his poll numbers soaring is to say ‘Sorry the budget was all my fault and I made Joe do it’

The public reaction would be overwhelming. Sure Bill Shorten would claim it as a vindication of his long held view that Tony is an economic eunuch but there would be widespread relief at the realisation that he’s not a complete cyborg under the control of Credlin central.

Politicians seem unable to grasp that the public are desperate for signs that they are more responsive to them than to whips and spin doctors.

A not unreasonable reaction to Tony’s threat to ‘Shirt-front Putin’ was that it was exactly what the arsehole deserved and it was a welcome change from the usual mealy-mouthed mumbling.

The opposition reacted like he’d just declared World War III and how dare he give way to such sincere personal feelings.

It was most refreshing to learn that Josh Frydenberg and Ed Husic are great mates. Hopefully a climate change will never come between them.

Kristina Keneally exhibits a much more attractive personality as a TV presenter than she did as NSW premier. If she’d been half as sensible and vibrant as that in the premier’s gig Eddie Obeid and Joe Tripodi would have power-broked her from office faster than you could say ‘ICAC’.

Frankness, good humour and taking responsibility indicate strength rather than weakness. Any politician who promised to exercise them in office would get my vote.

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As one of Australia’s leading social commentators A Hole is always conscious of the need to avoid making an arse of himself. His commentaries are frequently compared to the material on the walls of public toilets although they don’t remain in the public consciousness anything like as long.

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