The bare-faced effrontery of politicians

Let’s be clear right up front; some politicians are decent people and reasonable human beings. If you happen to know one, contact your favourite local media outlet without delay – they are always on the lookout for an unusual story.

Nah, just kidding. Yeah, right.

It is sad that we should be so cynical about our elected representatives these days but, clearly, they have brought our distrust on themselves.

Many of them have a sense of entitlement so rapacious that they make mere greed look good. Many also display a sense of ego that makes Narcissus by contrast to be a shy and retiring introvert. Some have the morals of an alley cat. Some have scruples but many would not know one if they sat on it. But, as I have said, some are decent people and reasonable human beings.

Not when they play us for fools, though. As did Prime Minister Julia Gillard last week.

She decided to get on her high horse (no doubt with some able assistance from her equerry, Tim) over the issue of corruption in New South Wales.

As you might know, a string of former Labor Party Ministers and other party powerbrokers have been parading before the Independent Commission Against Corruption over allegations of secret deals to benefit mates that could have been worth up to $100 million. Yes, that’s a very big number.

As this downright distasteful affair has been aired, the Labor Party’s vote in NSW has nose-dived to an extent that most polls suggest Julia Gillard will be history by the time the first half dozen votes are counted on election night.

So what does Miss Bold as Brass do? She demands – yes, that’s right – that the current government impose tougher rules of disclosure on NSW politicians. I kid you not, she actually said: “It is high time that we lift the bar in terms of state government disclosure and donation obligations.”

Does this woman live in cloud cuckoo land? She blithely pretends that it is not her own party that is enmired in filth and sleaze and still has the audacity to lecture everyone else on how they should behave in positions of public trust.

Mind you this is a woman known for, shall we say, being economic with the truth. Just consider two of her pork pies: there will be no carbon tax and we will deliver a surplus.

I often say that if someone will lie to you once, they will lie to you again and again. Once that trust is broken there can be no meaningful relationship.

Prime Minister Gillard can be admired for her tenacity in the face of looming disaster but as for lecturing others on values, it is not territory into which she should stray. Her personal record leaves far too much to be desired.


Acknowledgement: Laurie Oakes, The Courier-Mail