Saturday, 4 September 2010

"When are we going to get a government?"

the Whirlwind asked me yesterday afternoon. She was standing there looking cold, wet and generally miserable. As Friday afternoons are usually cause for celebration I was a little alarmed by this apparent interest in politics.
She shrugs off her raincoat and her soaking wet shoes, dries her hair on the towel I pass over and heads for the cupboard in which the mugs are kept. A hot drink is in order. I tell her to make herself some Milo (chocolate flavoured).
She nods and repeats the question about when are we going to get a government.
"Probably sometime next week."
"Oh. I thought if you had an election then you should know by now."
"Well yes, we should," I tell her.
"Well why don't we?"
"Because the three remaining independents have not yet made up their minds which side to back."
"But if they are independent then they should be independent. They should not be on one side or the other."
I explain why they will be. The Whirlwind is not impressed. We talk some more about this while she drinks her Milo.
"They should go and ask the people who elected them. It should be what they want. They are supposed to be working for them."
I could not agree more but politics does not work that way. Then I discover what is really bothering her.
"Well I just wish they would hurry up and stop arguing because my Dad has had to work and work all the time because of them. They are just being selfish."
I agree with that too.

11 comments:

Donna Hosie said...

Here is my prediction:

* The Independants will side with Labor - with the exception of that crazy dude in the hat

* Every piece of legislation will get bogged down in the quagmire of the new minority Government

* Fresh election in 18 months

JW said...

Hello, just stopping by to thank you for the nice comment on my blog and for following. :) Politics... don't get me started! ;)

Rachel Fenton said...

Crazy dude in the hat gets my vote! Joking!

The whole world is currently under a crazy hat with regards to politics. Do you think it's a passing fashion?

I'm sick of reading about our local Mayor - just got his wish to have thousands of dollars wasted on putting a bridge over a tiny spring which runs to the sea (and means you have to get your toes/wheels a bit wet!) - now we can have dry toes/wheels...and then get them wet in the sea as usual!!!

Also, John Key...even my daughter asked if he had a brother called Don....

Liz Fichera said...

Hey there, dropping by from the Virtual BBQ and wanted to say hello.

catdownunder said...

You could be right Donna - not that it will make their electorates happy. Another election? Would not be a bad thing if it meant we could get on with governing the country!
Hello JW and Liz. It was good to meet you.
Rachel have you seen the dude with the hat? Not sure how he managed to get elected again! He is a little strange.

arlee bird said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on Tossing It Out. I've added myself as a follower to your blog. Feel free to follow mine for a bit and see what you think.

As far as government, here we have one, but we will have some new ones soon, and they all seem to suck and come up with bigger lies than the last.

Good night from my part of the world (as you head into your Saturday).

Lee
Tossing It Out

SF said...

Hi, thanks for dropping by my blog. I won't get started on the election because I haven't got a spare couple of hours..

Jayne said...

Hello Cat - came by from Donna's lovely blog party. :)

Love that Friday afternoons are usually cause for celebration! I need to bring back that 'it's the weekend' feeling. And 'there and back by tricycle' sounds so much fun!

MT said...

Hey there. Thanks very much for the follow. I'm enjoying this bloggerhood BBQ!
Cheers. :)

catdownunder said...

Bloh party was definitely better fun than the election one SF! Jayne and MT - glad you made it over here. Restorative cup of tea before you leave?

Ann Best said...

And thanks for stopping by my blog also today, Cat. Karen's and Donna's BBQs have been a lot of fun. Met a lot of nice people. I'm now your follower.

As for politics - grrrr.
Ann