Hands up who would want to be a politician?
That’s a lot of good people with their hands down.
I’m guessing that amongst all those citizens with their hands tucked firmly in their pockets are a lot of very smart, experienced, open-minded, visionary, hard-working, fair, passionate and even compassionate people.
But those kinds of people are no longer attracted to serving in the government, or representing their country. Why? Because so much of the life of a politician, or a public figure for that matter, is about commentators and social media users waiting for the “gotcha” moment, then pouncing to devour the person like a pack of hyenas.
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Obviously there are plenty of times when politicians and public figures should be made accountable, should be investigated or should be verbally confronted, but tone of voice and hip size (hello Julia Gillard); the evils of red nail polish (Michaelia Cash); leather jackets to try to look hip (Malcolm Turnbull); wearing too many pantsuits or mentioning once you’re not the kind of woman who bakes chocolate chip cookies (Hillary Clinton) have sparked out of proportion outrage, attention and abuse.
Instead of aiming scrutiny at the job and failures in that job, we as a society are too often honing in on superficial misdemeanours or personal faults.
Didn’t you say in 1912 you would never eat a tomato? Well, now you are eating a tomato. You are a liar. A LIAR.
How can anyone be taken seriously when they have that kind of pitchy voice?
Yes, we’ve seen you take public transport but we’ve also seen you get a taxi to Parliament. A taxi’s a car – that’s no good for the environment. What say you world’s biggest hypocrite?
She’s showing off with her good looking boyfriend. He’s too good looking for her and who has a boyfriend at her age anyway?