I’m going to sleep. Wake me up when the next generation are in charge.
There’s an episode of The Simpsons where Bart calls a character in Australia to ask if their toilet bowl drains counter-clockwise instead of clockwise. That’s the unsophistcated way our country is often portrayed by the rest of the world; even our shit is backwards.
I like to think it’s an unfair perception – and most of the time it is. But the past month of events in Australian politics suggest that our nation is indeed trapped in some kind of bizarre values time warp.
First came the sorry affair involving former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, a woman who had become all too comfortable with the perks of her office. So much so that she chose to travel almost exclusively by limousine, helicopter and chartered planes, while supposedly serving as the arbiter of appropriate parliamentary behaviour.