|Copyright Antony Green 2010|
Not so the Australian public.
An article in the Sydney Morning Herald, which you can read by placing your computer's cursor over THESE CAPITAL LETTERS using the pointing device with which it is equipped and depressing the selection button once, says that in a poll taken of voters since the election, 13% of them would have voted differently if they had known what the outcome of the election would be. I have a message for those voters:
DO NOT TRY TO PLAY THE SYSTEM.
It's a difficult concept to get your head around, I know, but voting is an expression of your preferred outcome. If enough people vote for something, it will happen. There is no point voting for something that you don't want in order to "send a message". Somewhat astonishingly, 1 vote out of 15 million sends no message at all, while 2 million votes out of 15 million changes the result. If you want to send a message, write a postcard. Sure, it'll cost you maybe a buck fifty. But at least it won't put us all in the situation we're in now, where Bob Katter is the most powerful man in the country and Bill
*okay I admit it. I'm a moron.