Electioneering

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger


After the tragicomic distraction of julia/kevin kerfuffle in the Australian capital, the attention of the nation, at least according to the Left media, turned to the Oscars, races, Gillard’s achievements and yes, maybe, also to the elections, in Queensland.

The current Premier, Ms Anna Bligh, the famous TV face of Flannery’s Drought of 2011-2012 is attempting to impress voters by showing how many times she can manage to say ‘Queensland’, ‘Queenslanders’ and ‘floods’ in a 20 seconds TV grab. Her paid television advertisements wisely do not mention Labor or ALP at all, but less wisely rehash the the floods recovery. Beside the obvious fact that the money for that came neither from Bligh/Withers family budget, nor from the ALP or trade unions’ funds, but from taxpayers and donors, by now most people who experienced twenty years of the Labor rule know that if not for the Labor mismanagement, all that work would have been done at half the time and half the cost.

I might be particularly dense, but it appears to me that the message is narcissistic – look at me, I, Anne, am a Queenslander, and I therefore know how to manage floods, if it rains again. This is coming from a person who believes or at least professes to believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming and in the Flannery’s furphy of permanent Australian drought. It is, after all, the Australian Labor Party policy that there won’t be any rains under any government Flannery advises.

In addition to the television pollution, luckily easily avoidable, we suffer from a flood (oops, that ‘f’ word again) of paper propaganda, forests be damned, in our mailboxes. I save those things for occasion like this when I calm down sufficiently to turn my mind to the abysmally low standards of electioneering in Australia and in Queensland in particular. Two pieces of paper arrived at the same time; one urging me to save a turtle, the other to save Bligh. The same size, same paper, same style, so obviously from the same advertising agency. Both are misleading.

That the Word Wildlife Fund habitually exaggerates problems of selected symbolic animals is obvious to every literate lover of nature. According to this leaflet, Queensland turtles are dying, “they can barely swim to surface for air”, and when they do, “they get tangled in fishing nets”. The Great Barrier Reef is the worldwide famous for its fishing nets, obviously, but you can “take action by joining WWF in calling for the next Queensland government to provide: $35 million annually to 2020 to continue reducing agricultural pollution; $9 million to remove fishing nets…; and $30 million for Indigenous Ranger programs to better manage turtles on sea country.” (on ‘sea country’? My English fails me) It seems that in addition to ostensibly protecting the wildlife, the WWF apparatchik extended their reach and now wish to protect the Aborigines as well. I believe that if it really was a question of helping turtles, one would want the best people for that job, regardless of race. No, WWF wants a mere $30 million for affirmative action. A taxpayer, via Labor government, will provide. By the way, does anybody know how much money the Queensland government is donating every year to WWF?

The other endangered species saving leaflet is about education. It shows Anna in a pink shirt surrounded by vegetation, with some innocent child, perhaps leading it up the garden path. It also shows the audacity of this Government even to mention the education, when the independent studies prove that under its unenlightened twenty years rule the Queensland schools score second or third last in nation-wide tests.[link] The leaflet admits that “The story of modern education in Queensland has been written by Anna Bligh and Labor.” Remember that in case of any future class action.

$1.8 billion from mining companies will ensure more of the same. In her own words,”We want to transfer wealth from our mines into the minds of our future Queenslanders.”

The above-mentioned two pieces of paper arrived prior to Ms Bligh announcement of the elections.

The next leaflet showing her, in the same pink masculine shirt, crouching in the seemingly same overgrown garden with a Greenie looking man (not her husband), claims “Anna

Mr Martinelli and Mr Rudd

Blight Works for us”. I unfolded it, hoping, finally, to find the list of those faceless men in charge of ALP . Not so. All I read was that Anna saved us from a Post Flood Depression. In the words of Mr Peter Martinelli, printed there (truly): “Without Anna’s support following the Brisbane floods, many local traders would have had to close their doors”. So now you know. No need to donate money or physical help next time, she did it all by herself.

Anna Blight has many friends. And with a little help from them, and hoped for voters’ amnesia, who knows? We may get Labor again and again no time off for good behaviour.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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