MY VOTE DON’T MEAN SHIT
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
For over 60 years and ever since my morning paper-round chats in Haverbrack Avenue, East Malvern with PM, Mr Menzies, I have had a fascination with politics... and this is how I figure the game works.
Voters here, and in most first-world countries, are divided into 45 per cent Left and 45 per cent Right. Approximately 10 per cent of the Left bloc, are far-Left radicals. Of the Right bloc, approximately 10 per cent are far-Right rednecks
These Left radicals and Right rednecks have an emotive or active involvement in politics, with the remainder on both sides having varying levels of commitment.
The Left is on average younger, far more vocal and active. It’s rare to see the Right carrying placards, disrupting traffic or chucking eggs.
The Right is on average older and content to throw things at the TV rather than take to the streets, but no less committed. They like to call themselves the "silent majority"
The younger Left are those who feel disadvantaged by the older Right who have worked hard or have been lucky enough to find their financial niche.
As the younger Left eventually find their own tree in the jungle, they move to the Centre or even to the Right with their vacant Left spots being taken by the upcoming young, allowing the political spectrum to maintain a constant balance.
So at any one time, 90 percent of the population has a political awareness capable of a heated argument over the dinner table.
Now, the apolitical 10 per cent can’t tell you who the leader of the Opposition is. They think World Championship Wrestling is fair dinkum, Sydney is our Capital, social unfairness is a squirrel tackle and Gross Domestic Product is yucky dog poo.
Incredibly, it is that same clueless 10 per cent that decides who governs us.
Politically aware Left and Right blocs of voters are already committed and accounted for, they have no effect on an election result.
It is that politically unaware 10 per cent, who couldn’t give a stuff who the PM is, that are compulsorily sent to polling stations every three years to decide our future. And they do exactly that!
If voting was optional they simply wouldn’t go.
That’s why Party leaders speak in simple, repetitive terms hoping their relentless, moronic sound bites will eventually impact the skulls of simpletons who really don’t want to know about it.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my case for voluntary voting and elevating the political debate.
[Apologies for being AWOL, but my little bloke is back in hospital, again.]