Friends, this disturbing rather gross photograph symbolizes to me what the reality will be for Australia if, on Saturday, the Howard Government is returned to office.
The photograph shows a python that has just swallowed a whole sheep. To me it will represent the swallowing of democracy in Australia by John Howard and the Liberal (Conservative) Government and its entrepreneurial supporters.
For democracy to work:
- Each voter, ideally, should be educated, mature, intelligent, interested in politics, rational, and altruistic. How many people do you know like that?
- It also requires having a media that presents the truth about the political process, media that is objective, factual, that does not have a profit motive or is not tied in with Big Business. Know of any media organization like that?
- It also requires politicians to be honest, unselfish, to tell the truth, to admit to their failures and shortcomings, their hidden agendas. Know of any?Shortcomings in any of these areas allow manipulation of the election outcome. To have shortcomings in all three makes a complete joke of the whole process.
Saturday is a day of reckoning in my country. I stand on a knife-edge!