Good Man, Bad Politician

6 Mar

I went to bed last night and all was relatively peaceful in my state of Victoria.  Woke up to political turmoil.  Turmoil is not my favourite thing.  Political turmoil is probably my least favourite thing of all, besides eggplant.

I’m not going to explain Australia’s two tiered political system.  You can find adequate explanations of it on wikipedia.  Suffice to say that it less a voting system than a highly complicated game of dominoes.

Our Premier was Ted Baillieu.  He resigned last night in the wake of a secret tape scandal that blew up in the media during the week.  I have to admit that I don’t understand the importance of the tape.  It was just corruption and lies – standard operating parameters for most politicians.  

A slight digression.  Australia doesn’t tend towards sex scandals with its politicians.  Recently we’ve had a politician charged with (allegedly) using other peoples money to fund his passion for ladies of the night.  Australians weren’t annoyed about him  (allegedly) hiring hookers, but they were well peed off with him (allegedly) using other people’s money to do it.  Priorities, people, priorities.

Back to the story.

Ted is a good man.  Honest, honourable and works hard for his constituents.  And that is the crux of the matter.  Good men make bad politicians. 

In my opinion most politicians are psychopaths at worst; high functioning sociopaths at best.  They are mostly in it for the power, the money, and the publicity.  Politicians spend very little time actually running countries.  Most countries would probably run very well without them.  The civil service and equivalents do all the work anyway.  No, they spend most of the time eying each other off, waiting for the moment when they can stab a momentarily unprotected back, and scramble further up the ladder of power.

Occasionally, a Good Man enters politics in the misguided hope of doing good for his country.  This is usually a mistake.  Instead of eying each other off, the other politicians start circling the good guy like sharks at a surfing beach.  Waiting for the moment that they can tear him apart.

Very occasionally the good guy manages to reach a position of power.  At that point he usually finds he can’t control anything any more.  It’s like riding a tiger.  Sooner or later the damn thing is going to turn around and munch you.  Last night, Ted Bailleu got munched.

Still, he went out in style.  Ted refused to hand power over to any of the political psychopaths.  Our new premier is Denis Napthine.  Denis is another Good Man.  He was premier once before and got munched.  He will probably get munched again.  But maybe he has learned to guard himself from the circling sharks.  He’ll need a spear gun at the very least.

No-one was more surprised than Denis at being handed the top job.  According to a local news website he said, “This isn’t what I expected when I had my Special K for breakfast this morning.”

Neither did we, Denis, neither did we.

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4 Responses to “Good Man, Bad Politician”

  1. Milagros Jorge March 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    I have the feeling that you’re describing my country too!…

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    • margysmusings March 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      I think I am describing many countries in some way. There is so much turmoil around the world at the moment. 😦

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  2. Cathy Howat March 6, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    These days, to be a politician, you have to be capable of cutting a kitten’s throat on TV, while kicking your grandmother, and at the same time explaining how you will vote in favor of animal rights and more money for aged care, or am I just a nasty old cynic?

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    • margysmusings March 6, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

      Slight tendency to hyperbole, but, essentially, correct. :p

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