A Hole Comments
Drunk with Power in Victoria
I have the distinct impression however that people prefer their politicians to be alcoholically activated. In a job as frenetic as that it’s surely unreasonable to expect them to get through the day without a few stiffeners.
The application of breath testing in parliament would be relatively easy in view of the high number of blowhards there. Politicians who fail the test would almost certainly be instantly suspended and have to catch the bus home especially if the standard was set at below point 50. If the testing was carried out by police a spell in the local station lock-up may have to apply.
If this idea caught on would world leaders like Obama and Xi be breath-tested before they addressed the Australian Parliament or would they be subject to diplomatic immunity?
It’s highly possible that politicians break so many promises because they are hammered at the time of making them and subsequently forget all about them when they’re sober.
Leading pop stars have frequently confessed to recording their greatest hits when they are stoned or paralytic so why should politicians be any different?
If all Victorian politicians were forced by the threat of breath-testing to become models of sobriety it is extremely doubtful whether there would be a rise in the quality of legislation which compensates adequately for the drop in takings at the member’s bar.
The most likely outcome of the politician breath-testing policy is counselling for the person responsible and another broken promise. Not even members of the opposition are likely to criticise the government for that.