The following is a list of 11 rules of politics I learned from watching television. Once I understood this, interpreting why our politicians behave the way they do was easy.
1.Give people what they want, know and expect
“Clever things make people feel stupid and unexpected things make them feel scared.” Fry, Futurama: When Aliens Attack
Don’t talk down to people, you will come off as elitist, but don’t talk above them either, you will come off as patronising. Relate to people as equals.
When people feel scared – budget emergencies, terrorist attacks, invasions by boat people, random crime – they retreat. This is why sales of comfort food soars during national crisis, people crave the familiar.
2.It’s better to seek forgiveness than ask permission
This is Gibbs’ Rule 18 from NCIS.
This is how Australia is being governed at the moment, politicians see…
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