Net Politics and activism

Last straw

Right, that’s it. I’ve had it with this government. It was one thing lying about Children Overboard and going to war despite being told it would increase the threat from terrorism, telling us it would decrease the risk. (See here for the ALP’s list of Howard’s lies, and here for the Liberals’ reaction.)

But this: the PM spamming?

I’ve long taken the attitude that won’t buy something advertised by spam, and equally no way am I voting for a party that spams.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

9 replies on “Last straw”

Who seriously thinks they’d get any benefit from this? The ALP were slated for trying the same thing a few years back when Spam was so much less prevalent. Now this, two years after even the most tolerant internet user cried out “Fuck you I don’t want any cheap Viagra!”

In deciding my vote, I’m not yet geekish enough to place more weight on spamming than on the more substantive ‘real world’ issues.

But I’m sympathetic; spamming is the coward’s way out. Also receiving it isn’t as fun as having your door knocked and talking to them.

BTW, if you want something to maintain your rage, try Margo Kingston’s passionate outpouring ‘Not Happy John’ in the bookstores. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s reputed to be very good and got a favourable write-up on .

It’s very much the point. The opinions that matter are that minority of swinging and/or minor party voters who change their minds on the issues at each election, and particularly the minority of those voters who are in the key marginals. I’m in the former category but unfortunately not the latter.

So who do you usually vote for, Daniel?

I agree with you Daniel; keep your politics secret and us wondering!

And when you write to politicians it’s best for them to assume that you’re swinging, and beneficial not to say anything in a public forum to the contrary.

After all it’s none of their business, and even bloggers are entitled to some privacy!

Put it this way: most people would know (or guess) that I care about green issues (transport being one of them, obviously), and I’ll certainly be factoring past performance and current policies in this area when deciding who to vote for.

Not to mention the sabotaged Republic referendum, the GST, the countless taxes that have suddenly kicked in since then, etc. I marched against the war in Iraq, the biggest protest I’ve known in my lifetime, yet despite such an enormous percentage of our population crammed into our cities demanding our point be heard Johnny didn’t want to know about it. Ironically he had the same “up your ass my opinion is what counts” attitude that he had about the Republic… We all get annoyed at what governments do at times, but I am absolutely utterly furious with Johnny and his utter crap… yet he is calling this an election about trust… bwahahhahahahhahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

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