Australia’s Stockholm Syndrome

The PM and Foreign Minister fighting to the death for their own self-interest on the international scene instead of governing? We should be outraged, but we have exhausted it all, so it’s just another day under Labor.

Just like Africans respond to corruption with resignation “That’s Africa”, we now respond to our mal-governance with “That’s Labor” and accept it as normal.

And we are slipping into the Stockholm Syndrome: our lives are controlled by a lying and hated Prime Minister but we are helpless, and we gradually gratefully accept and reward in the polls any morsel of kindness or sanity from her.

But giving back what your captor took away in the first place, is not kindness, or competence in the case of our government. Reversing the ban on exporting uranium to India, after they banned it for irrational ideological and anti-Howard reasons in the first place, is not a triumph of foreign policy. Attacking the Greens for living in fairyland is not strength after you got in bed with them and implemented their fairyland carbon policies. Getting tough on unions and getting Qantas back in the air by our PM is not competence, after your own FWA laws let the unions off the leash in the first place. And even in the unlikely case that they fix the illegal boat problem, that is no triumph if they were the ones that opened the flood gates in the first place in 2007.

No, all is not well in Australia, even should Labor mend a few of their disasters. As you go to work each day to secure your and your children’s future, every reform not undertaken by this government (and I don’t mean carbon tax), every billion dollars wantonly wasted, is not something we can simply do later, or just someone else’s money, so who cares. It is an investment not invested in our country, a lost opportunity taken away from your children’s future.

While you struggle to gain control over your future, this government is taking it away from you and is working hard to take away your very ability to know it from a free media or speak out against it. But it is subtly done and we won’t care until we lose it. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance, but not while Masterchef is on.

I can only hope, come election time, we gain insight and courage enough to escape these our captors.

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