Julia Gillard’s been booted out. After doing all the hard leadership yards.The fact that it happened is not shocking.
What is shocking is how many people have swallowed the dominant story in the media, put there and maintained by News.
When I was young, I was forever reminded by adults that “you can’t believe everything you read in the newspapers”. Journalists regularly ranked somewhere next to lawyers and politicians in terms of trustworthiness surveys. When did we all become so stupid that we forgot to pay attention? The price of freedom, they say, is eternal vigilance.
You know what would make a real difference?
An angry, informed, deliberate, grass-roots campaign to educate people about politics, the political system, basic economics and civil rights.
That would make a difference to LGBT, to sexism, to the repetitive hoodwinking of the average Australian by the mainstream media (there are people in my social media feeds who don’t realise that there is no carbon tax on them), to the union movement, everyone vaguely left – and some of the wets from the right.
That would make a difference.