I’m a bit of a political junkie. I love a good election campaign.
But I have to tell you, there are days when the bullshit gets to me.
And when I say bullshit, I don’t necessarily mean lies. What I mean is stuff that’s not important being blown out of complete proportion. The so called ‘silver bullets’ that the political operatives believe will make or break the other side.
I understand that rules have been broken, but I don’t really give a toss about David Feeney’s real estate portfolio. I don’t care who he bought the house from. I don’t care who witnessed the signatures. I don’t care which electorate it’s in. To me, it’s inconsequential if it’s negatively geared. If it weren’t negatively geared it would suggest that Feeney was a financial numbskull.
Yes, rules should be followed and I’m sure he’ll go to great lengths to make sure that’s the case from here on in, but I don’t think any differently of David Feeney because of this silver bullet revelation. I may be naive, but I don’t believe that he went out of his way to hide something.
It is of no consequence to me that some Labor candidates have appeared at public rallies against the nations current refugee policy. Does anybody really believe that from the moment a candidate is born that they’re thoughts will follow party lines every single day of their lives. And that if that’s not the case they should be disendorsed. Seriously people !! In every political party on pretty much every single issue you will find members and candidates who in their heart of hearts don’t subscribe fully to the party position.
On Insiders on Sunday morning I saw Nikki Savva drag up an opinion piece written by the Liberal candidate for McKellar some 7 years ago ! WTF ?? You would expect your political candidates to be forthright, intelligent and opinionated people. They will not always absolutely agree on their parties position. These people aren’t robots.
I don’t give two hoots that ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne sent 90 letters on the wrong letterhead. (Now I must concede potential conflict of interest here, in that I am doing some work for Jeremy Hanson, but that makes no difference to my position on this.) The lines between parliamentary business and political business have been inadvertently crossed before, time and time again by both parties and I’m sure they will again. ACT voters don’t really care.
I don’t care about whether or not ACT candidates of any party live in their electorate. The ACT is essentially one medium sized city. Day to day life in Belconnen isn’t all that different than day to day life in Woden. We don’t even have electorate offices for God’s sake. I live in Tuggeranong, but if someone is elected to represent me who lives in O’Connor, I don’t really care.
Please can we make these election campaigns about ideas, policy and direction. Enough bullshit for now.