Tony Abbott’s mugging produces a one-sided affair

29 Apr

I keep asking myself, are we on the Middle to Left side of the political divide kidding ourselves that it’s only those on the the Right side who are bullying, playing the man/woman/minority rather than the policy/issue? Are we perhaps just blind to the Left side’s bad behaviour through partisan bias. Undoubtedly, there is bad behaviour on the Left. I see it in my Twitter feed daily. I’ve lost some followers for pointing out their bullying behaviour, and I’ve chosen not to follow those I see are more rapidly angry in their comments/attitudes especially when they are aimed at a messenger passing on something said, i.e. in a press conference. That’s okay. I’m not interested in the name calling bullying aspects of life to join in. I get heated sometimes, too. I don’t mind humorous satire. I think it’s healthy. And it’s funny. Satire, however, is not in the same league as the couple of examples given in this linked article. Pages and pages unfortunately exist of the many examples those on the Right of politics have used to attack the player not the play and never more so than to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. The real abuse of the PM is not the comments on her hair, her voice, her clothes: they are bad enough, usually sexist, and say more about the person than the target, as all bullying does. No, the really worrying bullying, and sexism, are the repeated words and calls to violence by so-called ‘leaders, seniors, states’men’ of political society; much of it aided and abetted by the mainstream media and senior ‘reporters’ who are doing very little reporting and much opinion-casting.
We have entered an extremely ugly, and I dare say dangerous, period of politics and it is really up to all of us, all of society, to bring it to an end. We the people elect our representatives. We the people must ensure they represent us, not on a base level, but on a broad encompassing level. We, after all, are all of society. Our elected representatives need to remember they represent all society, not themselves or their own vested interests unless that marries with society’s vested interest.
We the people need to remember that first and foremost to ensure our representatives do and are thus accountable for it.
Please read this article by Michael Taylor. It is spot on the state of play that is Australian political society currently.

The Australian Independent Media Network


If I were to be asked which side of politics indulged in the practice of ‘playing the man, not the ball’, I’d reply that it’s a one-sided contest. The ‘right’ wins in a canter. By the ‘right’ I refer to not just the members of the Coalition but their supporters and the right-wing media.

I’m assured by many from the right that the left has its fair share of trolls, muggers and attack dogs, but I’m sorry, I can’t find them anywhere. At least not the places I frequent; the media – old and new.

The old media sets a bad example. Or I should say a good example of ‘playing the man (or woman)’. Some recent examples – of many available – come to mind.

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