We’ve had Brexit. Then we had the Aussie Federal Election (but no-one really cared or noticed that much!) Then we had the Election from Hell (US Federal). Now it’s our turn.
Tomorrow Western Australia gets to Vote! (Yay – deadpan with a heavy tinge of sarcasm).
Like most votes nowadays it will be close – very close – between one of the two major parties getting in. An incumbent conservative government coalition looking for a 3rd consecutive term (difficult for any party to achieve) or the Labor left/Union dominated party that the polls predict will have a ‘landslide’ swing and win (reversing the last landslide that went against them when they were thrashed at the 2014 election).
Given that in the last term of governmentour state has gone from a $1 billion deficit to a $39 billion deficit while we have had a mining boom that made massive wealth to some, it is hard to see why anyone would vote them back in, other than for reasons of sheer bloody mindedness and pre-conceived notions of what the other party stands for or might do.
We will see tomorrow I guess.
But the thing i wanted to point out is that our long drawn out (over 3 months) election campaign has been drawn into the same trend as has become increasingly apparent in most countries around the world – that of increasing polarisation between the two main camps and a worryingly growing trend and intensity of violent disagreement in the general population, along political ideology lines.
For the first time that i am aware of members of the current government have had death threat letters sent to them in the final week of the campaign. This is not the Australia i grew up in, nor is it the Australia i want to remain living in (emphasis on remain living!)
It is up to all of us to fix this problem, but i cannot help but believe that the politicians hold a considerable amount of the blame for making it get to this point with their fear campaigns and constant denigration (particularly while in opposition) of their estimable (?? dubious sometimes) members and party who’s job it is to oppose them.
Recent discoveries (look up Cambridge Analytics) make me think our leaders might not be solely responsible for firing up the fear and resulting hatred in the voting populace as hidden forces are undoubtedly pulling their strings for their own agendas.
Opposition should NOT mean hate. Disagreement should not mean disrespect.
Our political leaders should be the exemplars of these two facts not the prime examples of what we should not be doing ourselves. America – you have my deepest sympathies for your next 4 years with the current choice of ‘Leader’.
W.A. – not that you have many decent choices within the current political arena – but bear the above in mind and choose wisely who you want as a leader for the next 3 years.
May God help us All.