A weekend of watching the AFL Grand Final on the TV (a sad result in my view, but still an amazing effort from the Lions over 4 years), preparing for and then doing Meet The Press on Sunday morning. I was followed by Andrea Mason from Family First party. The exaggerated claims about Family First being an extreme right wing party were left unsubstantiated, but I guess that won’t stop them being repeated.
Finally had a look at the Green Party’s blog today – I saw a release a couple of weeks back describing it as another ‘election first’. It is a good idea, I wish I’d thought of it first. I noted that their first posting of any substance was an attack on me coupled with repetition of the line of Family First being “far right” and “kooky right-wing nut jobs”.
Sadly, I didn’t find it surprising. Although it was refreshing to see that the person posting this piece of brave election commentary had such courage of their convictions that they ensured their identity was clear, submitting their piece under the easily identifiable name of “Administrator.”
Taking Howard’s silly exaggerated description of the Greens as ‘kooky’ and using it to make a silly exaggerated attack on another party seemed to show a nicely distorted sense of irony, too. Although for some strange reason, the details weren’t there about the Greens preferencing the NonCustodial Parents party, with their policies of abolishing child support and the family court, ahead of the Democrats. Must have been a technical glitch.
I’d sort of hoped that an election blog might be a chance for a bit more openness, rather than an excuse to be even more crassly biased and dishonest than with ‘straight’ commentary.
Anyway, for more insights into the Greens contribution to bringing more reason into political debate, go to http://www.greens.org.au/blog/ElectionBlog