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The election is October 9th.

"This election will be about trust," said John Howard. "Who do you trust?"

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ironed_orchid
Aug. 28th, 2004 09:44 pm (UTC)
He really said that? You'd think he was trying to lose.

Although, I know better by now than to expect everyone to see things my way.
benpeek
Aug. 28th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
yeah, he really said that.

naturally, the examples after who do you trust had nothing to do with lying about weapons of mass destruction and children thrown overboard.

anyhow, i don't see that there's any difference. howard, latham... same stink.

ironed_orchid
Aug. 28th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
I know, re the not much to choose from. By seriously, I don't know if I can deal with another 3 years of Howard (or howard/costello).

I'm just glad we have a date, I wasn't sure which electorate I would be living in at the time.
benpeek
Aug. 28th, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
yeah, i'm tired of howard and his simple plan to ignore everything about equality and freedom to live how you wish. i could happily set fire to him and dance.

but kill one and another just like him takes his place.

i bet the bali bombing is going to play a part in this, however. it cannot be a coincidence that the election is three days before october the 12th.
capnoblivious
Aug. 29th, 2004 12:14 am (UTC)
I think campaigning on the Bali Bombing would be a mistake; there's no way it can be seen as anything other than cynical manipulation, even to Joe Idiot on the street.

Because there's only so long you can get mileage out of the same tricks; Howard can't really play the defence card any more, for example.

Howard's made a lot of miscalculations over the last few weeks. I'm hoping he'll have completely lost it by October.
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2004 04:45 am (UTC)
well, i think it'd be a mistake too. but i can't believe he's called the election so close to it and isn't planning something--or maybe even hoping for the residue memory to be some influence. i just don't know.

personally, i have to admit that i just don't care if howard goes insane or not. howard, latham, i don't want either. this, btw, is the exact reason i don't vote.
capnoblivious
Aug. 29th, 2004 05:59 am (UTC)
I don't want either, either. But, if I had a choice, I'd choose "not-Howard". Latham will have to build up speed before he starts really wrecking things; Howard has momentum, and a fairly broad interpretation of "mandate."
drjon
Aug. 29th, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)

I trust we're about to get screwed. Whichever way the tree falls, it's coming down on our heads...
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)
i love how you assume there is a tree to fall. i believe we're all living in the concrete wasteland already :)
ashamel
Aug. 29th, 2004 01:18 am (UTC)
Me, me. I trust me!

Oh, no I don't. Where does that leave me?

(Must hit electoral office, since I'll be somewhere in the middle of Spain at the time.)
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2004 04:47 am (UTC)
not trusting you leaves you in spain?

if i don't trust you, will i be in spain?
bec_w
Aug. 29th, 2004 01:37 am (UTC)
Really? I would have thought the question is "who do you not trust least?"
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2004 04:48 am (UTC)
"Who lies less?" would've been my choice, but i guess latham wins that too, since he hasn't been around as long.
eagle_riley
Aug. 29th, 2004 04:18 am (UTC)
At least he didn't say "Who do you serve?" before it...

*sigh* I really don't know who I want to vote for this time. Last time I went straight Labour and I think I will this time, but it has really come down to choosing the lesser of two evils.

There seems to be an absense of good leadership in this country...and several others.
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2004 04:50 am (UTC)
i don't vote.

democracy isn't about having the lesser of two evils. what we have... i don't know what that is. but it's not a democracy, and i won't vote in some system for choices that actively work against what i think is basic human freedoms.
shadowsandice
Aug. 29th, 2004 05:20 am (UTC)
I have always taken great care in my voting - it is ever a tough decision exactly who to put at the bottom.

Just make Howard go away.
benpeek
Aug. 29th, 2004 06:06 am (UTC)
if he gets in, i'd be surprised if he lasted the whole term. which is, in no way, a better option.
future_conduit
Sep. 2nd, 2004 06:51 am (UTC)
i strongly feel that the election needs to take form of a reality show. y'know, to make it more appealing.

just think: half a dozen candidtates in a sharehouse in suburb X.

set them real day to day tasks - like keeping sane while finding meaningful emplyment on a budget of $150 a week. make them cook a gormet meal from selected canned goods, 2 minute noodles and a whatever the opposition has left in a half empty refrigerator etc, etc. they can scrawl thier policies on the back of beer-soaked drink coasters and any parlimentry discrepencies will be solved by rock, paper scissors.



then we get to vote them off one by one.

that's the perfect model of democracy is it not?
benpeek
Sep. 3rd, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
i think this is a fantastic idea. there should be breasts, too.
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