October 9th, 2004

benpeek

today is vote day.

i didn't vote today, just as i didn't vote last time, and the time before that.

throughout my friends list, i see a lot of fine people hoping that john howard and the coalition are beaten with bats and thrown out of parliament, and left as bloody, shitty stains on the grass. if i had money, i'd probably put it on that outcome, as well as the retirement of howard, but i wouldn't put much cash on it, since i'm a terrible gambler. if asked (and it's my blog, so lets assume i am) i'd say the reason for the change will be simply that the australian public decides, every three or so terms, that it's time for someone new, and goes with that. how else can you justify the removal of one party to be replaced by a party that, outside superficial features, looks pretty much identical to the party voted back in?

bill hicks, the comedian who died in the 90s, once said, in describing politics in america, that it was basically describe as "i think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs. i think the puppet on the left is more to my liking... hey, wait a minute, there's one guy holding up both puppets!"

it's a fair enough description of australian politics, i think. whatever happens tonight, nothing much will change.
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benpeek

more politics (or, politics part 2)

it's eight thirty, and it looks like it's safe to say that howard and his friends are back. turning on the tv reveals labor members talking as if it's over, and coalition members claiming that they've won. it's entirely possible that i've mixed the two up, what with their similar nature, and the same dull platitudes and words falling like polished black stones from their mouths, but i looked at the nifty colour graphs and they helped me decipher.

i did catch bob brown, who looked happy at the greens polling higher than expected, much to the annoyance of the reporter.
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