May 062010

There’s a couple of very ‘doom_and_gloom’ articles on Business Spectator today by Messrs Kohler and Gottliebsen in relation to the Rudd government’s attempt to rape and pillage the resources sector. Some of the articles I agree with, such as Gottliebsen’s postulation that a capital strike will be enacted by the big miners, but seriously, I had to laugh at Kohler’s piece. Is Alan Kohler seriously that naive, or does he honestly believe the voters are so gullible as to not appreciate where in the political cycle we are right now? It’s an election year, for fuck sake! Of course the politicians will be showing their true colours. It’s time for the hand-outs, the grand-standing, the ensuring of a budgetary surplus, spending on health, etcetera, etcetera.
Let’s be perfectly clear, dear reader. We get the politicians we deserve and sure as little daisies will spring from the graves of those who lose their seats in the coming election, we’ve wound up with the pollies we deserve this time around as well. A bunch of seemingly inept pretenders bent on staying in power who’ve realised at this late stage in the game that there is a game to be played and they stand an excellent chance of losing. Will Labor lose this coming election? I don’t believe so, but I’m seriously coming to believe that it will be a close run thing.

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