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May 18, 2021

Right-left divide is lunacy

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As always the billycart derby was a community treat. It’s a pity they felt the CSG issue was political. The CSG free movement is, categorically, apolitical. Despite the efforts of several politicians trying to hang their hats (and careers) on it, this movement crosses all political lines involving as it does over 90 per cent of the community. This is a community issue letting all politicians know they are on notice. Who are you working for, us or the money? If it were political the community would be split, particularly since it’s election time again.

Time to choose the least worst candidate. We’ve been led to believe democracy gives us choice.

If Tweedledumb or Tweedledumber are ultimately the only choice to lead our nation, we the people are being seriously short-changed. No surprise there, we usually are.

Our adversarial system consistently splits society neatly in half, left and right. With the people divided and squabbling, ‘business as usual’, which controls/owns our parliaments, simply gets on with it.

The massive levels of social, economic and environmental vandalism perpetrated by our governments on their behalf, no matter which side has nominal control, is clear evidence of this.

The left just took from tertiary education, single parents etc and gave it to the mining companies, along with most of the deficit. Hasn’t anybody noticed?

Do we think the right would be any less blatant? If we continue with this right wing/left wing lunacy, which all parties subscribe to, we’ll just have more of the same.


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Quarry comes up against the farmers of Bentley

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