As we get closer to the inevitable Federal Election, we are seeing the continuation of the attempts in our media to Appeal to the Working Man by a group of people who have little to do with them. Today, Andrew Bolt declared that he’d “had enough” of apologising to men, and decided to wax lyrical about What Men Do from his Malvern HQ. This paragraph in particular was amusing (as tweeted by Stephanie Peatling), as to help middle class right wing activist Bolt separate men from the “silly activist” middle class women.
Men, apparently are out there “tilling the fields”, amongst other things that men do alongside women in our economy. It’s mostly machines doing most of that tilling these days, so maybe Bolta was being nostalgic about Soviet propaganda posters like this one.
Phrases like this demonstrate exactly how Bolt has no idea what working class people do. He’s not the only one at this game, though. The 4 (or is it 5 these days?) Hours of Hate over at Sky continues with it. The Number 1 Faux Working Class Man, Human Agro, on Monday night, had this gaggle of working class pretenders on his show.
It’s somewhat telling what kinds of people position themselves on the media as being somehow the “voice of the people”. Hardly. Miles away from his Western Sydney Uni degree past, Human Agro these days just happily spouts right wing catchphrases and doggerel in the same way Puppet Agro mouthed Jamie Dunn’s comedy gear did all those years ago. Pauline Hanson lives far away from the broiling masses in her declared residence in Coleyville, far away from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, happily commenting on “ordinary Australians” from her citadel, whilst James Ashby continues to tweet as her, and do amazingly dumb things like thinking Mark Latham’s voice is a vote winner.
Latham, probably Hanson’s future NSW Senate candidate, is another happily far away from those same masses, in his case Mt Hunter (a mutual happiness felt by residents in Campbelltown). It’s little wonder that he’s now dumping on the party who made his career by being part of One Nation’s robocall strategy in the upcoming by-elections. He just does whatever random stuff he thinks will get him a job somewhere in the political class he so unconvincingly criticises. Crayonhjelm’s group of gun lovers won’t get him that, but Hanson’s brand might.
The last figure in this faux working class lineup is Graham Richardson, Labor numbers man turned symbol of everything that was wrong in the NSW Labor Party. Richardson was spot on in criticising the traitorous actions of Latham in turning on the ALP. Latham was also right in his criticisms of Richardson. Quentin Dempster hits the reality of having these two ex-political class losers on Sky.
Really, Cartoon Connection had more political credibility.
None of these people represent anything real or “working class” in politics. Hanson mostly votes with the Government, unless it could be toxic for her votes in her angry middle class following group. Richardson is a patsy for Alan Jones’ attempts at relevance. Latham is just my new Urban Dictionary definition.
All of these pundits have as much to do with ordinary people as Andrew “Tilling the Fields” Bolt. But they will continue to be represented as being voices for the voiceless by Sky, Channels 7 and 9 for now until the election and it’s putrid. But I am amused at the idea of Mark Latham’s voice suddenly appearing. It reminds me of the Get This Warwick Capper prank call sketch. “Remember me, I was big in the 80s”. No, Mark, people are trying to forget.