Another Monday, another day I bet we wish we all just rolled over and went back to sleep, eh? Anyhow, new week, new general topic thread. Be it political, personal, or just outright random; this is the thread for it.
On the political front, one thing that has been annoying me over the past few months is the idea that non-swinging voters can be ignored… and the fact that in the current two party system – this is generally true.
Think about it, the ALP nearly lost the last federal election because they’ve moved to the right believing that the “centre-left” couldn’t vote for the Coalition. This turned out to be true (the Coalition only got a one-point-something swing toward them, less than expected for the first election after a change of government), but not quite the way they were hoping – the centre-left started voting Green. The thing is, Labor took these votes for granted and their punishment for it is… retaining government. One can see from their stance on single-sex marriage that they are keeping their position to the right of centre (and to the right of a majority of voters, as polls are consistently showing on the issue) safe in the assumption that the Greens really cannot support a Coalition Government (if only because they are even further to the right on homosexuality issues).
Same goes for state governments and who they raise taxes from. If the demographic affected was not going to vote for them in the first place, than upsetting them is of minimal importance.
I mourn the day that party politics made ignoring the “public good” an acceptable strategy. I look forward to the day when party politics are removed by an upswell of support for independent MPs. Perhaps, in this day and age, that is madness… but, that just makes it perfect for this thread –wink–