Isn't Question Time humiliating enough? No.
ABC's Lateline, February 11, 2010. Let's go straight to the highlights :
TONY JONES: ....if the next election is largely about economic management, and most likely it will be, we can pretty much script the Labor Party's election ads right now. Tony Abbott says he's not interested in economics. Barnaby Joyce can't tell his millions from his billions, and says the country's pretty much bankrupt and wouldn't be able to repay its national debt, and then up flashes a picture of the Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey wearing a tutu, a tiara and carrying a golden wand. I mean ...In this Lateline interview, and many others, Joe Hockey seems obsessed with the idea that there are both real and fake people, in politics and walking around in everday life.
JOE HOCKEY: Well they've obviously shown you the ad.
TONY JONES: I have seen it.
JOE HOCKEY: (Laughs). You have seen it already!
TONY JONES: I've seen the pictures.
JOE HOCKEY: As long as you weren't a part of the production of the ad, Tony.
TONY JONES: I've seen the pictures and imagining what the ad would be.
JOE HOCKEY: Well, you know what: Australians can see through that, and they will see through that, because Australians ...
TONY JONES: See through your tutu.
JOE HOCKEY: No, no, look, can I tell you - gosh. I mean, if you're a real person and you do real things and you engage in, you know, the activities that Australians do ...
TONY JONES: Cross-dressing!
JOE HOCKEY: Oh, well maybe you do, Tony. I mean, you don't know what happens at the ABC, do you, really?
JOE HOCKEY: If you want a real person...I care about real people, I live with real people, I engage with real people.
I hope Joe Hockey pursues this idea further. Here's Philip K Dick on the subject :
Fake realities will create fake humans. Or, fake humans will generate fake realities and then sell them to other humans, turning them, eventually, into forgeries of themselves. So we wind up with fake humans inventing fake realities and then peddling them to other fake humans.Okay, maybe that's a bit too far.
JOE HOCKEY: ...I really want real people to be in politics. I want real people with real words engaging in real activity. Barnaby Joyce is real. Lindsay Tanner, Peter Garrett - these people aren't real. Kevin Rudd's not real.Perhaps Hockey could push for mandatory Voight-Kammpf testing of all politicians running for election this year.
TONY JONES: You cut them and they bleed, they are real.
JOE HOCKEY: Well, no.
The imitation people must be weeded out, even those with pre-programmed four year life spans.
And to finish, back in the 'real' world :
JOE HOCKEY: ....Australia was very lucky to have China with massive stimulus and fantastic terms of trade and demand for our resources.The video of the full interview is here. It's mostly Gold.
TONY JONES: Oh, so - sorry, can I just interrupt you there? Stimulus works in China, but not in Australia?
JOE HOCKEY: Well, their demand for our iron ore and various other resources had a huge impact.
TONY JONES: But their stimulus worked to drive their economy, but not ours?
JOE HOCKEY: Oh, well, yeah, well.