Leftie’s lament

Michelle A’Court is taking the election quite personally

I believe we are living in dark times.

Happily, I suppose, I know a lot of people who feel the same way.

We do not show up in the polls, which suggests I am part of an invisible group made up of Everyone I Ever Meet.

If I was a spin doctor, I would congratulate myself for sticking so consistently to my tribe.

There is probably a lot of truth to this but, got to tell you, our dinner parties are fun.

Several times in past weeks I have crawled under the covers and literally wept actual tears about the state of our democracy. Many people will find that ludicrous. I do not mind.

What’s wrong with the state of our democracy?   You have a vote.  I have a vote.  Parties are vying for it.  We vote.  We add it up.  There is a result.

Tell me why you need to cry about that?

You know what? At the end of the day, I genuinely care about the detail of how people are running my country and I would rather be a namby-pamby, bleeding-heart whatever than the other thing.

In East Timor in 2001, I visited the site of the Suai Massacre. Eighteen months earlier, the East Timorese people overwhelmingly chose democratic independence from Indonesia in a United Nations referendum.

In one of the many ensuing atrocities, a hundred civilians were shot dead in a church at point-blank range, their bodies piled high and set alight, as punishment for insisting on democracy.

They still chose to pursue their right to democracy and so do I.

So this Saturday I will put on something sturdy and drive my parents to the local church hall so we can all exercise our democratic right. I am grateful that no-one there will be armed.

There is something beautiful about the voting ritual, despite the unromantic cardboard polling booths and silly orange vivids. This year, I would like them to replace the vivids with a sharpie so I can leave a black mark.

You can complain about a lot of things.    The state of political ethics, dirty politics, partisan journalism, rich people inserting themselves into the political process…

…but in the end, our democracy is just fine.   No matter the result this Saturday, it’s exactly what we want, whether you are happy with the result or not.


– The Press

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.