I'm not sure what everyone else thinks, but the up and coming election is proving to be very, very dull. I usually get excited about polls, campaigns and debates and though some would accuse me of being rather stuffed in the head, the whole democracy thing is very cool. Not this time. Did anyone watch the 'debate' on Sunday night? Didn't think so. I long for the old days when politicians spoke candidly and were able to communicate honestly and openly about their policies as well as their personality. Remember Bob Hawke ('Do you know why I have credibility? Because I don't exude morality')? What about Paul Keating (who once referred to Adelaide as being 'like Dubbo with poofters')? Now all we get are contrived speeches and well researched responses about everything from immigration to families to the price of milk.
But before I go - here's a few of my favourite political quotes from recent times:
'His performance in parliament is like being flogged with a warm lettuce' (Paul Keating on John Hewson)
'Howard is an arse-licker' (Mark Latham on John Howard)
'Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?' (George Bush, Jan 11 2000)