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Democracy by the Can

Democracy by the Can

Friday 29 January, 2016
Fred Plodge, Australia’s premier purveyor of public bar politics, ponders this week on whether political power has drifted too far away from public bars and too close to Canberra.
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Public Bar Politics - a FridayMash satirical series

I can’t tell you how pissed me and my mates were about Kevin, Julia and Tony all getting rissoled without anyone in Canberra having the nous and decency to sound out public bar opinion.

Then there’s all this Newspoll stuff in the papers purporting to give the absolute ridgy-didge on what the people who matter in this country are thinking about politics. Can you believe that not once have they ever bothered to ask me, my mates or anybody else we regularly have a beer with for our invaluable opinion. And if they don’t consult opinion leaders like us who the hell are they consulting?

I reckon they just talk to the mob in Canberra who know sod-all about politics.

Now the pollies are at it again. The so-called ‘moderates’ in the Liberal Party consider it’s time Bronnie and Phil Ruddock tossed it in. Once again no-one has bothered to observe the democratic niceities by dropping into the bar for a consultative can.

Who the hell do these pollies think they are?

The democratic process in Australia is in crisis. Public bar punters are getting no say whatsoever in who becomes prime minister, which pollies should give it away, what numbers Newspoll comes up with and who should stand for parliament. Me and my mates all voted for Albo and then Labor go and make that Shorthairs guy their Leader. What the hell’s going on?

It seems like these days the only decisions that matter are coming from the ACTU and the Melbourne Club. Well it’s simply not bloody good enough.

Just wait till the federal election later this year. Public bars all over the country will be packed with politicians pleading for votes. They’ll get a flea in their ear when they come the old soldier in here I can tell you.

They’ll get a rude reminder about the political clout in public bars and how their electoral prospects are directly related to a propensity to shout on a regular basis rather than just during election campaigns.

It’s absolutely critical they appreciate how clear the principles of democracy seem to become when viewed through the bottom of a schooner.


About this Series
Fred Plodge is widely acclaimed as Australia’s premier pub commentator on politics and international affairs. Pub patrons throughout Sydney look to Fred as their most unfailingly reliable source of current affairs commentary. Fred’s insight seems to reach full potential after around six schooners and this has led to a feeling amongst patrons that by comparison the commentary from most politicians falls a few schooners short.

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