Charles Darwin

Australia, the first ever nation to win a Darwin award?

Well one columnist in Australia thinks they should win a Darwin Award for being dumber than a sack of hammers.

I?M THINKING of setting up a national version of the Darwin Awards; you know, where they give an award to the stupidest way people manage to kill themselves each year, or, as the website puts it, ?contribute to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilisation by their own actions?.

When I say ?national?, I mean it literally ? my Darwin Awards aren?t for people, they?re for nations. I?m going to hand out an annual prize for the dumbest, most imbecilic country on the planet that is setting out to destroy its own comfortable way of life via its own moronic actions.

I?m going to find the one nation that?s doing the equivalent of putting its head out of the train window to see if there?s a tunnel approaching.

And right now, Australia looks like being the 2014 National Darwin Award winner. Why? Because we are among the most collectively stupid people on the planet. Just look at the statistics ? or rather, the opinion polls.

Apparently, a majority of us think Bill Shorten would be a better prime minister of our country than Tony Abbott.

Let me run that past you again ? slowly this time, really slowly, because it?s obvious there are some pretty slow people out there: a ? majority ? (in other words, enough voters to win an election) ? think ? (i.e. have apparently used what passes for their brains and come to this conclusion) ? that Bill Shorten ? (a bloke who is so empty-headed he once said: ?I don?t know what Julia Gillard said, but I agree with every word of it?) ? would be a better prime minister ? (in other words, be making every single decision every single day for three years that will determine the prosperity and financial success of every one of us and all our children) ? than Tony Abbott (a bloke who, regardless of whether you like him or not, has as his sole focus a single-minded determination to fix the economic mess that this country is in).

Come again? Are we for real?

The best Darwin Awards always have a neat slice of bitter irony to them; like the guy who tries to impress his fiancee by climbing on to her balcony ? on the 101st floor.

The irony with our National Darwin winner ? Australia ? is that the very bloke Australians want as their next prime minister was part of the team that got us into our financial mess in the first place.

Worse, Shorten is either so dumb or so devious that he is now opposing the very same $5 billion worth of cuts to spending that he supported when he was in government.

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