Petty Pollie, or “How a Politician Can’t Change His Spots”

Don’t you love politics and politicians?


The current Australian Government ran last year’s election campaign on highlighting a lie told by the former PM: that her Government would not introduce a carbon tax. A promise she very quickly broke.


The current PM promised he would introduce no new taxes, no changes to pensions, no cuts to health and education and no changes to superannuation.


In a budget last week he introduced several new taxes, raised the pension age, reduced the rate of annual pension increases, cut billions of dollars from health and education, and now plans to raise the age when people can draw on their superannuation entitlements.


It will be interesting to see how long the voters’ memories are in three years’ time.


8 Responses to “Petty Pollie, or “How a Politician Can’t Change His Spots””

  1. May 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I guess Labour has plenty of fuel for the next run of political adverts now.

  2. May 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    The advertising agencies can easily sell the same ideas year after year – only the names of the parties and candidates need to be changed.

  3. 4 Marleen
    May 24, 2014 at 3:38 am

    I ran across this bit of concert some years ago. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=n3_cS_iQ-w0

    Listening to it [lyrics on a screen too] has me crying again today. I voted for that person. Evangelical leaders had people convinced this was best way to go, a god-fearing man. Evangelicals are still doing the same things and worse. Thank God at least Bundy supporter, Huckabee, has said he’s not running.

  4. May 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I forgot to mention the increase to petrol tax.

  5. 6 Marleen
    May 28, 2014 at 6:27 am

    It’s so frustrating, partly because we or some people will begin (and already have begun) to try and figure out what is to be done, in some extreme sense, about an imperfect system or a government with corrupt participants or aspects [and, of course, history too… as there has not been a perfect moment, much less era, although dissatisfied conservatives seem not to grasp this — including myself in the past, while I do think there was a time when we could have headed in a better direction and that we did start to do so and then undermined the lessons and intentions…as humans will do]. Then we get crusaders who hand over secrets and/or playing chips to the likes of Russia (like that’s going to help anything)!!!

    Here is a playlist of music I think flows nicely and can get you to cry in a different way:

    I call it “…Will not be afraid of 10 thousand” [twenty-one pieces of music by Sons of Korah]

    Psalm 14a — The Fool (from Rain)
    Essence (from Rain)
    Psalm 84 — Pilgrim Song (from Rain)
    Psalm 14b — Overwhelmed (from Rain)
    Psalm 93 — The Seas h…. (from Light of Life)
    Psalm 99 — He Sits Enthroned (from Rain)
    Psalm 42b — Hope in God (from Rain)
    Psalm 103:1-5 — Who Will Save You (from Rain)
    Psalm 42a — Streams of Water (from Rain)
    Psalm 3 — A Shield Around Me (from Rain)
    Psalm 56 — Light of Life (from Light of Life)
    Psalm 114 — Why Did You Flee [?] (from Rain)
    Psalm 80 — Restore Us (from Resurrection)
    Psalm 40 — Song of Redemption (from Redemption Songs)
    Psalm 35 — Contend (from Shelter)
    Psalm 130 — More than the Watch… (from Redemption Songs)
    Psalm 17 — Apple of Your Eye (from Resurrection)
    Psalm 128 — Olive Plants (from Shelter)
    Psalm 137 — Babylon (from Redemption Songs)
    Psalm 126 — Men Who Dream (from Redemption Songs)
    Psalm 51 — A Broken Spirit and…. (from Shelter)

    1 hour 35 minutes

  6. May 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Sons of Korah – some of the best Christian music around.

  7. 8 Marleen
    May 28, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Absolutely. There might be a few as good (even if others are not always as solidly good because of Sons of Korah’s adornment of the Psalms). And there might be one I know of as consistently so, that I will go right ahead and buy every album completely.

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