I’ve always been a politics junkie. As a teenager I avidly read the papers and watched the news, providing a running commentary on the politics of the day to whoever would listen (even if that was just the dog). I can’t imagine not subscribing to a daily newspaper. For someone like me the greatest godsend of the internet has been the gift of access to more online news than I could ever read.
At least that was the case. Not any more.
A couple of weeks ago I declared that I will no longer read about politics, listen to political interviews or watch the television news. I’m unsubscribing from Crikey, turning off Q&A and listening to more music.
Why? Because it has got to the point that tuning into politics makes me physically tense. At times it makes me so angry I feel like … like … Damn it!
Today’s political leaders are treating their audience – we voters – with complete contempt. Being true to your values no longer matters. Nor does saying what you really think. Don’t be authentic – it’s too risky.