The Punch publishes an article declaring that “Disrespecting pollies is as Aussie as flies at a barbie“:
In the final analysis, if political offices and political participants yearn for more respect, the first lesson they have to learn is that respect has to be earned. That is the message voters should send to their elected representatives.
Unfortunately, Mr Jaensch doesn’t spell out what this would entail: VOTING FOR POLITICIANS THAT DON’T DO THE THINGS YOU SAY YOU DESPISE.
The problem is that the people who whinge loudest about politicians “lying” to them keep voting for the ones that do. The people who whinge loudest about parties being beholden to “factions” keep voting for big parties made up of factions. The people who whinge loudest about corruption keep voting for parties that are corrupt.
The only way to get better politicians is to vote for better politicians. I am confident that I do. If you’re not confident about yours – perhaps you should vote for someone else.