Last week I wrote about the Brongate saga from the Apple Isle. Well, I’m still here enjoying the fantastic scenery, pleasant people, fabulous eating establishments and the weather!
The snow hit in the middle of the week and to get to our destination, we had to drive through a blizzard with snow coming horizontally at us. What an adventure.
What struck us though, was talking to the locals and the saga of pollies rorting the system was well and truly alive even though Bronnie is roadkill.
I don’t like the term “the sniff test” but I do like the term “the man in the street test” or the “pub test”. We surveyed both the last two.
It seem as though “you got one of ours so we’ll get one of yours” or “your sin is worse than mine” is the game at the moment.
Both sides are blaming the system. What rubbish!
Both sides have far too many members who have failed the man in the street test.
It makes me mad that too many pollies seem to think that they are in a privileged position so they can wander the country and overseas as though they are in a class of their own.
I can understand having a partner travel with a minister because sometimes an overseas protocol will require it for effective diplomacy. But certainly not inside Australia, nor in every case.
I don’t see any justification for me paying for some pollies kids’ travel. I remember a Labor pollie taking the kids to Monkey Mia in the 80s and then needing a staffer to babysit so that one got the gig too! Shameful.
I don’t want to pay for any pollies to go to fundraisers, to travel across the country to check out real estate, or to go to mates’ weddings.
A guy on TV the other day echoed a guy I spoke to in Launceston when he said that his boss would just laugh if he asked him to pay for this stuff.
Fixing and streamlining the system is needed.
The days of privilege started in England with the upper classes ruling the land. We are better than that, I hope.
No wonder the general public think that pollies are self-centred crooks. They give ample proof that they are disconnected from the ordinary man. And the longer a person is in the parliament and the younger they start in the job, the more likely they will end up that way.
Bronwyn had to go because she was extraordinarily extravagant. She had form for over 30 years and it all started to leak out. She got out well before the whole story came out, I’d say.
I think there are a lot of MPs shaking in their boots because the findings of Finance will be FOIable. The media is going to have a field day and skeletons will be rattled and so they should!
At the end of they day though, it is not about a system. It is about honesty. It is about integrity and it is about common sense. It is about paying respect to the people who gave you your job.
It is pollies like we are seeing now that do the profession a bad name. We should hold our representatives in high esteem. They make it hard.
(Photo credit: Josh Mulrine)