Pre-election musing

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The Queensland’s elections campaigning will mercifully end one day. But do not underestimate a politician cornered, who, until his/her oh so graceful concession speech on the election night, will deceive, denigrate and defame as if on steroids. There are still about seventy hours left for some slime to be thrown and stinking mud to be raked. I suspect that the ruling Labor clique and their media claque will use every hour.

Admittedly, they do not have much of a choice. This is certainly not a time for Anna Bligh and Andrew Fraser to boast about their economic “achievements”. A kind person could call the Labor economic management crackpot economics, but for the fact they sold the pot already. The resources boom, the fire sale of the taxpayers’ assets, increased charges, penalties, fees and duties; all that could not help Queensland to slide to became the fiscally second (after Brown’s Tasmania) worst Australian state. When the state account books are scrutinised after the elections, Queensland might beat Tasmania and the culprits would praise the day they appointed their EMILY’s list Governor and practically ensured a grant of pardons.

After twenty years of mismanagement, or rather a management for trade union oligarchy, Labor has not a single Ministry it could point to as a success. Transport, Education, Heath, Water Utilities, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Marine Infrastructure,  Employment, Fisheries, Child Safety, Police, Housing, Corrective Services, Ambulance Services …, sad litany of practically unmitigated disasters. All that could perhaps be said in favour is that the Labor comrades managed Queensland to work slightly better than comrade Mugabe his Zimbabwe.

Desperate Annie described herself as an underdog – and I can understand her desperation; in a dog eat dog kennel which is ALP internal politics, facing the wrath of the union bosses must be a nightmare to her. Instead of directing the government by a phone call, the top dogs will now have to revert to the almost forgotten form of tactic – the blackmail by industrial actions. And that won’t make China happy.

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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One Response to Pre-election musing

  1. Taurus says:

    I’m not sure what consolation Ms Bligh and her accomplices can derive from a recent decision in Spain, where “Jaume Matas, the ex President of the Baleares, has been sentenced to six years in prison for corruption. He was found guilty of using public money to pay the journalist, Antonio Alemany, who wrote his speeches. For Matas, five years, three months and a day were handed down for perversion of the course of justice, fraud and document falsification, and nine months more were added for influence peddling. The court case against him is only the first part of the Palma Arena corruption case.” Only six years? Different laws, different judges…

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