I seriously hope that this poll is just the internet having a laugh. It is possibly the only debate between the next possible PM and next opposition leader and because some moronic cooking reality show (where the typical dialogue is hearing them read out what they’re going to do “have to chop up the carrots, make the cream sauce and then pop it in the oven” type stuff) is on that the same time they are considering whether to move the time.
So much so that consideration is being given to either bringing the leaders’ debate forward by an hour, or delaying it until another evening so it does not clash with the series final of the hit show MasterChef.
I’m fine if you aren’t at the TV but given the choice and sitting at home stuffing your face with takeaway food while you pretend you’ll cook good food one day and you can’t pay a bit of attention to what’s going on in the election. Well…
Let’s be clear: Masterchef is big brother but without the shower and bedroom scenes. If BigBrother was entirely in the kitchen and the one on one interviews (completely and utterly staged post event I might add). Maybe with a bit of the apprentice thrown in (the drive away, low camera angle in the car). In 6 months no one will even remember it because they’ll be watching the next mind numbing but annoyingly addictive reality show.
Here’s the poll results so far:
Perhaps no one notices the bullshit
Perhaps Tony Abbott has a chance with his
flat out liestatement that he can promise lower interest rates (for those not in the know: the reserve bank is independent of the government of the day and sets interest rates based mainly on inflation and other economic measures.. not on the whim of the politicians in charge). Perhaps both parties can overplay the significance of their “number one issue” and we will lap it up, just so long as it fits in the ad break of that TV show we’re watching!
The debate about the little things
The debate will hopefully revolve around the environment, jobs, education, healthcare, border security and immigration. You know, the “little things” in life. Obviously our future is not as critically important as watching these guys:
- a pompous fat bastard (who needs to step away from the table more often and has to wrap his neck to keep his expansive jowls from exploding),
- a little bald English geezer (with small man syndrome and a knack for pointing out the blinding obvious in an urgent sounding voice) and
- a granite faced grump (I haven’t watched enough to know what he’s notorious for)
shovel a half billion calories into their already well stuffed gullets.
The meals are cooked by people who appeal to one of a handful of viewer-broad appeal stereotypes (e.g. the gay guy, the blokey clutz, the princess, the douche-bag, the “bit rough” tomboy girl, the ethnic “let’s keep this show from being a white wash” minority, the out of place awkward guy and the “jesus is my life” religious one that all the Hillsong cult mob will vote for). Not only are we dumb, we’re predictably dumb and don’t like seeing anything new it seems.
Step away from the cupcake fatty!
In a nation with over half the population overweight we shouldn’t be obsessing over food, particularly not the stuff on Masterchef.
When “half a block of butter” and “a handful of salt” are in pretty much every dish: there’s a problem. Double problem because you’re watching the damned thing on TV and don’t get enough exercise. There’s perhaps a cross over opportunity for emergency room when they all (and they will) end up in hospital with a heart attack as their cholesterol encrusted arteries, basting in the umpteenth pork belly dish, finally give in. Or perhaps dig up “the biggest loser” hosts and get this mob to boot-camp.
Apathy is not a virtue!
It says a lot about the general apathy of people if they would rather watch a bunch of people chop up vegetables than take the slightest bit of interest in the policies and running of the country. One of my friends (Dave?) said that the ability to vote should require people to prove they have read at least two different papers in the week before the election so they’re at least somewhat aware of the issues. I’d settle for the average voter being able to put off watching some moronic cook off contest to watch just one political debate every few years.
Who elects these idiots anyhow?
In between elections there’s always plenty of moaning about how poorly the politicians are running the place: perhaps it is down to how poorly informed the voters make themselves by apathy and ignorant choices. Stupid voters deserve the stupid leaders they vote in.
Perhaps if people cared more about political issues than about which person goes on to the next round of the latest idiotic reality TV show of the moment: we’d demand something more from our elected officials. So we wonder why our politicians are a bunch of untrustworthy, back stabbing, gimmicky, slogan spouting twits! When they have to compete with reality TV shows to get elected: is it any wonder?