Some of you may remember James Scolland , a person who sent in a Letter To The Editor in June with a bunch of peculiar reasons why I shouldn’t have a website, or be allowed to have one.
Nearly three months later, James has sent in another email. I’m not going to publish it because it is just another pile of puerile nonsense (and not as amusing as the first one), however James did ask one sensible question. He read my post earlier today where I said that John Howard is currently my preferred prime minister, and he has asked me why this is the case.
There are a number of reasons why John Howard is my preferred prime minister, so I will just list some of the main ones.
WorkChoices is one of the reasons. I am quite happy with the AWA that I am on, and I like the idea of being able to directly negotiate things with my employer. The flexibility in my workplace seems to be quite beneficial to both me and my employer.
Despite Kevin Rudd’s assurances that he would not be controlled by the unions, I believe that he would be, especially considering the way the unions seem so happy to promote the Labor party.
I also have an issue with the way some unions promote themselves. During the recent Canberra timber mill fiasco, the federal government offered to help an ailing company and the state Labor governments got in the way…and yet the unions were more than happy to stand outside the mill with anti-federal government signs and propoganda, an act of indecency in my mind as it was the federal government that were helping them.
Also today I saw a plumber wearing a bumper sticker on his shirt. This sticker said “Plumbers Union: Our #### doesn’t stink” (I’ll let you work out the rhyme). This, to me at least, is a rather offensive way to advertise yourself, and I would find it difficult to support a party which is backed by that kind of ideology.
Another reason is climate change. I agree with the Labor party, the Greens and the others on that side of the fence…the Howard government is not serious about addressing climate change, despite their claims. This is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. It would be very difficult for me to willingly vote for a party which would be happy to ruin the economy and many other things under the guise of preventing something that I don’t believe we control or are changing. The fact that I think Peter Garrett is a fool has something to do with my opinion as well.
Another reason is the way Kevin Rudd’s media appearances come across as scripted. Obviously he doesn’t script his answers to interview questions, but he comes across as if he is providing a scripted answer…almost as if it doesn’t matter what the question is, his answer is golden in his mind and will suit you because he wants it to.
And I can hardly leave the local Labor government off my list. Their general incompetence and peculiar need for pointless statues does leave a bad taste in my mouth, and (whether fair or not) has a negative impact on their federal branch’s reputation.
That being said, Labor do have quite a few things going for them, and they appear to be very passionate and committed, whilst to the same extent there are a number of things I don’t like about the coalition, however for me, the coalition is a better choice at this point in time. This could change, and it has done a handful of times this year.
Hopefully this answers James’ question, and gives you all a slightly better understanding of my point of view.