From The Age:
Australians are grumpy about John Howard’s handling of health. They are unsure of education. They oppose the war on Iraq and are wary of IR changes. And yet … they like the Prime Minister. It seems that if the economy’s good, Australians are willing to forgive almost anything
“He’s a pretty solid PM — pretty honest,” says Hancock. “The way he gets a handle on the economy is the best thing he does. You don’t have high inflation and rates going through the roof.”
Most people live their lives around family and children and bills and mortgages and footy and mates, and politics comes in at number 12 — unless they’re angry. At the moment, through John Howard’s leadership, you rarely have an angry Australia.
Putting aside whether Labor or Liberal would handle the economy better (that is a debate within itself), it seems the prime concern of most Australians is their precious hard-earned cash.
We live in our own little isolated world, worrying about a slight increase in our massive debts. We have forgotten what it is truly like to have no money; to live in poverty. We pay little heed to our politicians sending us to dubious wars over the other side of the world. We happily let our lives and society be dominated and ruled by the United States. We ignore the environment and global warming; more concerned with whether we can afford that fancy new TV.
We live in our own safe little world, oblivious to the greater worries of the world. Lucky us.