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Don’t Take me to Your Leader

Don’t Take me to Your Leader

Friday 31 July, 2015
A Hole, who is leading Australian social commentary from behind, analyses why the country seems incapable of producing a popular prime minister and whether it’s due to the fact that popular prime ministers aren’t popular any more.
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A Hole Comments on FridayMash

I am really intrigued by the news that Bill Shorten’s approval rating is now lower than Tony Abbott’s.

If the current trend in Bill’s approval rating continues and he gets elected prime minister in 2016 he will start the job as Australia’s most unpopular ever leader even before he gets the chance to make a mess of anything.

This situation begs a number of intriguing questions. “Have unpopular prime ministers become the fashion?”, “Do Australians feel more comfortable with a PM they can abuse with impunity?’, “Would it even be possible for someone as politically correct as a gay feminist asylum seeker to become a popular prime minister?” and “Would our last three prime ministers have been rejected for the job if there had been a proper competitive evaluation process?”

My view is that most Australians crave a prime minister who is the popular sort of mate they’d be delighted to invite home for dinner.

They’d hesitate to invite Kevin in case he was rude about the beef sandwiches, they’d suspect that Julia would promise to come but not turn up and they’d be worried that Tony would cause a spill over the tablecloth.

And even if Bill Shorten was complimentary about the meal there’d be doubts about his credibility.

Perhaps the problem is that the last thing taken into account in the selection of a Prime Minister is his or her ability to do the job. As a result incumbents seem chronically unable to choose between political popularity and doing what’s right for the country and as a consequence succeed only in pleasing friends and relatives.

In recent years Australia has had to contemplate prime ministerial prospects who were a real worry. At one point Bronnie looked to be a threat as did Mark Latham, Wayne Swan and Clive. The fact that Jacqui Lambie is even talking about it is scary. Unless decisive action is taken the chances of us scoring a popular prime minister will be as remote as Clive modelling next summer’s swimwear collection at David Jones.

Everyone owes it to the country to be part of a massive Australia-wide prime ministerial talent-spotting campaign. If you believe you know someone who has what it takes to be Australia’s first-ever undeniably popular prime minister please get in touch with me through Friday Mash. If I agree with your assessment I’ll immediately start making plans to launch a new political party because he or she will obviously be far too popular to be associated with the Coalition or the Labor Party.


About this Series
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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