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Politics shits me...

Politics really shits me.

Here you have a group of (supposed) adults running the country acting worse than 6 year olds with their petty gibes.

Last Friday Steve Bracks, the Victorian Premier, announced his resignation and so did the deputy Premier. Yesterday the Victorian Labour Party voted on the new Premier and deputy. So, now John Brumby is Victorian Premier, and Rob Hulls is deputy.

All well and good.

And then I read this:

...former Liberal premier Jeff Kennett condemned Mr Brumby's decision to install Mr Hulls as deputy rather than appointing a senior woman to the post.

"I consider this today to be the greatest own goal the Labor Party could possibly kick," Mr Kennett told The Age. "While he may be a great headkicker and a mate of John's, Labor should have been more astute and not rejected a woman."

So, just because the deputy is a man, he's automatically a lousy fucking choice? I am getting so fucking sick of the petty bickering you get in politics. I'm all for equality of the sexes, but people seem to have forgotten what equality means. It means treating everyone equally. Putting a woman in the position because she's the best for the position is equality. Putting a woman in the position because she's a woman is sexist and fucking stupid and drives me fucking nuts.

All this tells me is that the opposition don't have a clue and since they can't actually find anything legitimate to complain about they had to make something up, and they are hoping to get some sort of reaction by playing the sexist card. Well, they are the ones being sexist here in my books.

Politics shits me.

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paradigmshifty
Jul. 31st, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Kennett's not even the Opposition - he's just sniping from the sidelines with nothing to lose.
halloranelder
Jul. 31st, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Which makes it even worse.
missedangel
Jul. 31st, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
I hate politics too.

But from a tactical point of view Kennett might be right. If you have an equal female and male able to do the job. It might make the team more 'marketable' to have a female there.

After all politics is all about how they sell them selves.
lokicarbis
Jul. 31st, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
You might want to consider what Kennett's actual agenda is.

Sure, he says 'a woman' - but there's really only one woman in the Vic ALP at the moment who's in any sort of position for the job. Ask orethule what she thinks of Ms. Kosky some time.
hasimir
Jul. 31st, 2007 09:24 am (UTC)
Well, Hulls does have a bit of a reputation as a head-kicker and that's not entirely limited to the political realms, either.

On the other hand, that does pale in the recent shoddy reputation which Bronwyn Pike has garnered for herself following the deaths in a Camberwell nursing home earlier this year. Not to mention her poor handling of a HIV/AIDS scare with the revelation that certain individuals had been allegedly deliberately trying to spread their infections. This latter was taking place while she allowed the axe to fall on the AIDS & Hepatitis Help Line. In fact, I've got an example of her buck-passing sitting on the sideboard.

Neither of these are likely to be the inspiration for Kennett's comments. He's a classic political junkie and, now that he's out of power, his only recourse is to become a Liberal power-broker. I've no doubt he'd've had something to say had Pike made it across the line, but personally I'm glad he didn't have to.
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