Topic: big media
Today's Sydney Daily Telegraph cartoon deserves its full due. That's not to say Moir in the Herald today is not curious and intriguing, but this really hit the spot today as far as lifting the gloom implicit in this: Babushka politics tough to crack
And Bill Leak is not even in the running imlying that real democracy only occurs through the pages of the 70% coverage of the Murdoch press, and not unmediated between citizens. Such a sad view of real democracy, and a determined attempt by that organisation at cooption of our country's future. In fact what the free speech debate is all about i.e. really free, not shepherded by such as the monolithic News Corp/Ltd.
As for the Peter Hartcher thesis about voter faith in the Coalition's economic management, we seem to recall that so called record unemployment measured at 1 hour per week, in the age of record casualisation, and stripping of conditions, looks alot like record UNDER EMPLOYMENT. And there is plenty on the web about our "poor record" of full time employment:
and a quote of the ABS definitions here
And just one more thing: Australia deserves and needs much better than Mr Average for our national political leader. Mr Average is the last thing we need in a tough scary unsustainable world. The USA chose a Mr Average Intelligence in George W Bush to do a job requiring the skills of a cross between a brain surgeon and an auto electrician/motor mechanic. What a mistake.
The idea current PM John Howard was ever a Mr Average was always bogus and it's the last thing his successor should ever be.
If the average Mary and Joe prefers to vote for somone just like them, then God help all of us not least themselves. It's not in their best interests at all. Nuke weapon threat, terrorism, economic change. The right man for the job as PM is not average, God forbid.