It’s all about the policy…
I try not to bore you all with politics here but I am a keen observer of politics and after all the drama of the QLD election and subsequent speculation at the federal level, I feel the need to get some stuff off my chest. Particularly some questions that need to be answered by all sides of politics.
What has happened to the notion of politicians representing the people? Why are we treated like we don’t know what’s best for us? Or even worse, when policy is clearly poor and not receiving the desired reception, the government instead claims there is a problem with communicating the message rather than accepting that the problem may actually be with the policy itself?
Why are personalities trumping policy? Why do commentators believe the person delivering the policy is the problem and everything will magically be better once they are replaced? The policy will still remain – all that will be different is the sales pitch and the salesperson.
Why can’t politicians make mistakes? They are human after all. Where has our tolerance gone? Why do we have to scrutinise every single thing they say/do/wear for the slightest weakness or error? Why are politicians incapable of providing a straight answer to any question?
Where is the vision? Where are the future plans that will make us a better, happier, wealthier and more enlightened country? Where are the plans for investment (that go beyond transport, etc?) Where are the leaders?
When did policy become hostage to opinion polls?
Where is the commitment to ideals? Where is the detail? When did politics become a competition between the best three word slogans?
Where is the compassion? Where is the transparency? What do our politicians REALLY stand for?
Why have we let it come to this? Why do the media have such a sway over the political debate? When did we all become so very disillusioned?
I have a dream that future politicians will actually put our interests first. That they will truly represent the people who voted for them. That they will be transparent, compassionate, real and be able to share their vision for the future AND actually lead us there.
I’m not sure that dream will eventuate in my lifetime but I do hope my children benefit from a calibre of politician sadly lost to us.
Musing as part of Jess’ #IBOT.
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