Politics, Power and People

In light of the Federal & Victorian State Budgets being released this week as well as Britain going to the polls on Thursday, I thought it was time for another general political talk, with a few links.

To start with, another couple of things regarding vision, propaganda and conformity:


As I keep saying, we need to begin agitating for the change we want, rather than hoping the politicians will change by themselves. This means outing measures, such as the “Consensus Centre”, as the Propaganda machines they are which try to prop the govt up. Also, we also need to keep repeating how idiotic Abbott is, instead of buying into the bulls*** that himself and his lackeys try to spout. Remember to think!

And the budget(s):

With the debacle of last year’s budget, the Federal govt will have to deliver something very nice in order for them to have a chance. Personally, I don’t think they will. I may be surprised, but I doubt it.

The article linked below sets out three rules for the government to follow regarding this: get out of the echo chamber, make fairness the new black and say no to big business. Hands up who thinks they’re actually doing something like that?
Again, I doubt it. [https://theconversation.com/three-tests-the-2015-federal-budget-must-pass-39797?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+4+May+2015+-+2714&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+4+May+2015+-+2714+{0}CID_215289b5b0db17b5d9d36158be27152e&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Three%20tests%20the%202015%20federal%20budget%20must%20pass]

As for the Victorian Government, their performance so far suggests they don’t have much to worry about. I’m not just saying that cos I dislike the other side, either. Look at these Age articles: [http://www.theage.com.au/comment/victorian-budget-how-tim-pallas-will-surprise-us-on-tuesday-20150502-1myczj.html]

I think that sets it out pretty clearly. 😉
And it kind of comes back to those three rules mentioned above, doesn’t it?
As well as the additions of luck and timing….

Next up is the UK elections:

Several people I follow, including Jack Monroe, have said things about this. I’ve been keeping half an ear out – I have family connections there after all.
With a first-past-the-post voting system, getting a majority with the way the polls have been see-sawing doesn’t look likely. On that note, did anyone watch the TV show, Inside the Commons, on the ABC recently? Or the recent program about the UKIP and its leader, Nigel Farage? Both interesting.

More here: https://theconversation.com/uk-election-prediction-this-weeks-result-wont-reflect-the-voters-will-40387?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+4+May+2015+-+2714&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+4+May+2015+-+2714+{0}CID_215289b5b0db17b5d9d36158be27152e&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=UK%20election%20prediction%20this%20weeks%20result%20wont%20reflect%20the%20voters%20will

It’s a pity that Britain and Australia don’t follow a “single transferable vote proportional representation” system, suggested in the above article as the 21st century solution. The Republic of Ireland uses it and it seems to work for them. According to the article, using this system would mean that:

  • “Each of the parties that receives a substantial percentage of the vote would actually be represented in parliament (the first-past-the-post system favours parties with concentrated support](http://may2015.com/featured/would-you-like-5-million-votes-and-4-seats-or-1-million-votes-and-56-seats/) in some electorates, rather than broadly distributed support).
  • The majority in parliament would represent the views of the majority of voters
  • Voters for substantial minority parties across the country would have their own representatives
  • There would be competition everywhere, leading to regional representation in line with local support levels.”

If only. Australia has preferential voting, but not quite like that. Right now, the Federal Coalition are looking to “reform” the system. But what sort of reform would that be?