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Ron’s latest Mid-Month Mannerism digs into the murky world of the upcoming Western Australian state election – have politicians learnt anything since the last election? 

Our Western Australian state election (11 March) will be one of the first opportunities to see if our politicians have learnt anything from the international changes taking place in politics. I fear that they have not, as the two major parties; both in full fundraising mode are pushing the same old line: “The only way for you to get the ear of the Minister, or make yourself heard, is to ‘buy a seat at the table’ by donating to our campaign”.

Yes, this has worked in the past but the vast majority of voters, without the ability to ‘buy a seat at the table’ are sick of crony-politics. We see this visibly expressed in the Brexit vote and in the Trump vote. The rules have certainly changed in relation to politics and the ‘old club’ is a broken model.

That model of politicians and their cronies collaborating to extract power from the public to feather their own nests, no longer prevails. Power is no longer being swapped back and forth between the two major parties. In some ways, this power is being handed back to the people by virtue of the proliferation of so many smaller alternative parties

There will be some surprises from our state election. Gary North has summed up the President Trump victory as:

“He was a man with no experience whatsoever in politics, and he was elected President of the United States. Politically speaking he doesn’t owe anything to anybody. He comes into the office with no strings attached. This has never happened in American political history, and it is extremely rare historically, except in cases of conquering generals”.

It will be interesting to read astute observers describing the outcome of our own state election in March.

 

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