Introducing Prime Minister Tony Abbott!
As much as it pains me to admit it, it appears that in the space of a few weeks the unthinkable will happen. Australians will go to the polls and elect a total thug, an illiterate, a homophobe and a misogynist to become our next Prime Minister.
Despite the suppository gaffe, the “sex appeal” gaffe and the dismissive remark about marriage equality being some sort of passing fad, it seems Tony Abbott is destined to become our national leader, and judging by his recent bouts of laughter and frivolity in front of the cameras, he already knows he’s on the home straight to the lodge.
If he pulls it off it will be an extraordinary accomplishment – for a man once dubbed “the resident nutter” by former Prime Minister Paul Keating.
Despite an environment of low unemployment, low inflation, low interest rates and a fairly buoyant economy (by world standards), Australians are set to turf the incumbent government in favour of a motley rabble who have presented little in the way of alternative policies and costings, opting instead to mouth-off incessantly with three-word slogans and pamphlets that are somehow meant to constitute comprehensive plans of an alternative government agenda.
It’s a sad indictment on the state of politics and the mindset of the Australian public that they’ve managed to make it within striking distance of victory with little more than just vile hate-filled invective as their main arsenal.
But there you have it. I for one, am feeling pretty despondent.
If you want a vision of what an Abbott-led government will look like we only need to take a glance at what’s happening in the UK or Queensland. It’s not going to be pretty.