WHY DO POMS VOTE ON A BLOODY THURSDAY OF ALL DAYS?
Hmmm... would you believe it has something to do with voluntary voting?
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.
It’s a long voting tradition that the Poms prefer to continue with, even after it makes no sense. Why Thursday?
Well, voting is voluntary and Thursday was the Poms’ Market Day, the day everyone went to town to do their shopping and getting out the horse and dray on any other day simply to register a vote for a crooked politician made no sense.
Continental Europe voted on a Sunday so they all go to their polling stations half pissed as Saturday is their huge drinking day. Friday is also a heavy drinking day so some were still pissed on Saturday.
Such was the importance of the vote that politicians of all colours thought it best that the voters who turned up were in full control of their faculties for such a sombre occasion as voting.
Thursday, the Poms had figured, was the day that was as far removed from a “morning-after hangover” as possible and the damned subjects had to be in town anyway! Brilliant!
But hang on this is 2016 and there are not many loyal subjects in horse and carts pissed as parrots wending their way to Westminster to do the shopping.
In the 2014 mid-term elections in the US (where voting is also voluntary) fewer than half the registered voters bothered turning up. In the UK less than a third were no-shows. So should the US be considering a change to Thursdays?
Mind you Britain’s EU vote tomorrow will attract higher voting numbers due to the polarisation of the in and out contenders... maybe over 50 per cent.
Australia, along with a bunch of other third world countries, has compulsory voting and an extraordinary turnout of over ninety per cent, yet every day is a drinking day for us so the informal vote is through the roof.
But does over 90 per cent reflect that we actually care about who governs us or is it the trauma of paying a $50 fine for staying in bed to nurse a Friday night hangover?
Aussies are not interested in the upcoming election on July 2, it’s the most boring in history, so whoever wins this time will likely reap a Treasury windfall of fifty dollar notes.