Po­lit­i­cal class plumbs depths of greedy deprav­ity

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IT AP­PEARS in­no­cence and guilt are strange things. If you are rich or a politi­cian and guilty, if you have de­frauded the tax­payer or the cus­tomers of an in­vest­ment firm of mil­lions of dol­lars, if you hap­pen to wear a fancy suit and have an ed­u­ca­tion from a flashy univer­sity that costs more a year than an av­er­age work­ing fam­ily makes – you will get tax­payer money and lots of it.

You can main­tain the lav­ish lifestyle of ex­otic hol­i­days, jets, and he­li­copters with hun­dred- thou­sand- dol­lar bonuses. You live a life of unchecked greed and have too much in a world where most have too lit­tle.

Here is the mes­sage re­ceived loud and clear from those in au­thor­ity – if you are moral scum we will take care of you. But if you are poor or with­out a job, you are in se­ri­ous trou­ble. No one will come to help you. You don’t get a sec­ond chance. This is what be­ing poor means.

Our history is plagued with con­tro­ver­sies stretch­ing back to the rum re­bel­lion in 1808, to the more re­cent Health Ser­vices Union ex­penses af­fair in 2010 ( Craig Thom­son), Peter Slip­per af­fair in 2012, Grange- gate in 2014 with Barry O’Far­rell and cor­rupt for­mer La­bor min­is­ter Gor­don Nut­tall, and to­day I read our Prime Min­is­ter has de­clared Bron­wyn Bishop “on pro­ba­tion”.

On pro­ba­tion? Af­ter it was re­vealed she racked up $ 811,857 in tax­payer­funded ex­penses last year, in­clud­ing two he­li­copter trips for Lib­eral Party fundrais­ers.

Deary me, it leaves me won­der­ing what will to­mor­row bring?

Our in­abil­ity to grasp the pathol­ogy of these oli­garchic rulers is one of our gravest faults.

Clearly we have been blinded to the deprav­ity of our po­lit­i­cal class by pro­pa­ganda from public re­la­tions firms that work tire­lessly on their be­half.

Scared by cor­rup­tion, the silent com­pli­ant politi­cian is just as guilty as the guilty, the clue­less en­ter­tain­ers we call media hold them up as our lead­ers to as­sure us that through dili­gence and hard work they will cor­rect it.

Vom­it­ing up more lies, smash­ing up a vi­sion for a bet­ter fu­ture while we are left to clean up the mess.

Those who have too much for­tune, strength, wealth, friends, and the like, are nei­ther will­ing nor able to sub­mit to au­thor­ity, they see us as sub­servient and that is what jus­ti­fies their greed.



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