Thursday, August 08, 2013

It's election time. Bring on the clowns.

I talk about it regularly, the quality - or complete lack of it - of the candidates cynically foisted on us by the political parties.

A political life here seems particularly attractive to the self-interested, to crooks and incompetents. The system of patronage and favour, of jobs for the boys, gets them preselected and we mug voters have no say in it. We simply have to vote for them under our compulsory voting system.

A real doozy of incompetence has been exposed with the Liberal party's candidate for the Sydney marginal seat of Greenway.

He's Jaymes Diaz, a local lawyer, son of a local councillor and member of a family which is said to control the electorate's party branches. He's also under the patronage of one of the party powerbrokers - one of the 'faceless men' the Coalition hammers Labor about and pretends it doesn't have itself.

Anyway, young Jaymes is out on the campaign trail and was interviewed on Channel 10. A classic.

It's deservedly gone viral and is giving the young high-flyer world-wide coverage

You can watch the interview here.   Please do, it's well worth it.

See. That's a candidate for one of our two major parties, the one that's probably going to be our next government. He hasn't got a clue.

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