|Sex sells in politics|
Your government only
wants what best for you. Not only that, but the government knows what's best
for you, and your kids too - even better than you do yourself. Or at least it
will if Australians elect
an ALP government later this
year. Mark (Maddog) Latham proposes to ban TV advertising for 'junk food' in
children's programs to
tackle Australia's child obesity epidemic.
The ALP leader and much hailed ideas man has never been short of
parental advice. Parents should read to their children more, parents should
invest in their children, they should pass on assets to their children, parents
should give kids less junk food ..
John (keeping-his-seat-warm) Howard made some wisecracks about the nanny
state, but treasurer Peter (Smirky) Costello was downright unkind about
Maddog's idea, referring to him as Dr Man Boobs. Then The Australian
published an unflattering picture of the ALP leader in a T-shirt, adding
considerable weight to Smirky's description. Whether Maddog's bout with
testicular cancer has played a part is hard to say, but the junk food sure
seems to. A few holiday beach-snaps of Maddog on TV would lose MacDonalds
It's all part of Maddog's sexy approach to politics. Leftists, unable to actually
damage the conservative government by attacking any of its policies have fallen
back on the old rhetoric of
This government is a tired government. It has no new ideas, no
new solutions, nothing but the same tired old policies.
And it's true. There are no hidden agendas, the policies have been
implemented, and the population are quietly and steadily getting wealthier.
But apparently government has be new, it has to be
progressive, it constantly needs new ideas. Government has to
sexy. It has to constantly think of new laws - equating to more and
more limitations on the freedom of its subjects.
The idea that a good government is one which minimizes policy, and intrudes
into people's lives as little as possible is totally alien - there
can never be enough government for these people.
So Maddog is the darling of The Left, constantly thinking of new laws, and more
controls on the population to make us all better off.
This may actually win the ALP some votes. If the Nanny State is finally here,
Dr Man Boobs has to be the ideal wet nurse.