Snorefest: Why the grey man rules Australian politics

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Like sport, politics is no longer for amateurs. The colourful characters of yesteryear, the Keatings, the Boonies, the Gortons, the Mervs, the Goughs and the Kennetts are gone forever. It’s the colourless inoffensive professionals that will now dominate: the Iemmas, the Rudds and the Howards. It’s not about passion anymore… Want to read more? Oh. Well if you did you’d click here.


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18 Responses to “Snorefest: Why the grey man rules Australian politics”

  1. Charles Firth Says:

    Great to see some updates on here again Timmy.

    Loved your piece on live news called Why Howard is an economic dunce

    Great work

  2. Tim Says:

    Yeah I know I’m back into it…be posting stuff pretty regularly from now on…can’t wait till next year…gunna be doing heaps more online guff…

  3. Tim Says:

    If you ever get an idea for a yarn you reckon needs writin’ give send us a message chuck…

  4. Amy Bradney-George Says:

    This piece was definitely food for thought. I remember a journalist once telling me Keating was the worst person try and ask questions because he was so horrible to journos. Maybe the problem now is that politicians tend to be nice to journos without giving much information.
    So what’s better, the horrible (but “colourful”) politician who doesn’t answer questions, or the nice (but mostly “boring”) politician who doesn’t answer questions?

  5. Tim Says:

    Good one Amy. I reckon it depends if you’re spectator or you actually have to work with them.

  6. Tim Says:

    I totally hear you Amy however I’ve always consumed politics much like sport – i like the theatre. a colourful character might bring the country down, but at least it would be fun to watch…

  7. Tim Says:

    Although i’d tire of a prick pretty easily if i had to deal with them – unless they were phenomenally brilliant – like Kevin Andrews for example πŸ˜‰

  8. Amy Bradney-George Says:

    Tim, I agree with your spectator-working with them view. That probably does influence things a bit (although in a way, aren’t we all spectators when it comes to politicians because at some stage we’re bound to be thinking “what on earth do they mean”?).

    As for politics and theatre, I have to argue that you can make theatre out of politics today. Not quite what you meant, but if you can make good theatre out of politics, it can’t be that boring, can it?

    Maybe politics is a bit like black and white films. You get people who won’t watch a b&w because it’s “bland”, people who will watch and wish it had colour, and then you have the people who find/imagine the colour.

    Andrews? Now you can’t tell me he isn’t a colourful character.

  9. Tim Says:

    Amy it must work sometimes because otherwise Keating the musical could never have been made!!1

  10. Amy Bradney-George Says:

    Yeah, true. And coming next season is Howard: The Cabaret, featuring the HIT songs “GST Makes the World Go Round”, “Immigration Blues” and the ever-popular “Your Rights at Work – Worth Paying For”.

  11. Tim Says:

    i love it…you forgot ‘silent night (for me because I’m not PM and no-one calls anymore)’

  12. Amy Bradney-George Says:

    (HA!) An oversight I assure you Tim. That will have to go somewhere after “Rudd is Labor’s new best friend” and possibly before “Bennelong Brings Me Down Now”.

  13. Tim Says:

    i hear ya…actually i’m glad i can’t…

  14. Amy Bradney-George Says:

    Glad you can’t…? As in glad you can’t hear me? Now, I know “opinion writers” are supposed to be a little judgemental, but still. Insulting a voice you’ve only heard through writing Tim. Oh, that’s low.

  15. Tim Says:

    i stand by my earlier comments. your town deafness screams through your prose. πŸ˜‰

  16. Amy Bradney-George Says:

    Of course you stand by your comments, you’re an opinion writer, it’s what you do. But if my “town deafness screams through (my) prose”, your untrained ear for talent shows through your grammar. πŸ˜›

  17. Tim Says:

    you’re too smart for me…i’m out you win…

  18. Amy Bradney-George Says:

    No, not too smart just attentive to detail when it comes to interesting conversations I think. It’s all in good fun, anyway (at least I hope it was!). Thanks for the discussion.

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