Enough about Alan & Tony

Quite magnanimous of The Age (Letters, Tuesday) to publish Roger Stagg’s observation that 46.7 percent (14 of 31) of letters printed Monday, related to Tony Abbott. Also quite ironic, given that on Tuesday itself 53.3 percent (16 of 30) related to either Tony Abbott or Alan Jones. More ironic still in light of Lindsay Tanner’s polite suggestion on Monday’s Q&A that matters of greater substance might merit more of the nation’s attention. Please wake me up when it’s over.

The politics of being human

We as a nation – politicians, journalists and the general public – are displaying remarkably short memories of a Federal election campaign which was long on spin and personality while short on substance. We said through the ballot box that we’d had enough of politicians playing the (wo)man rather than the ball.

Yet what are we all doing now? Assessing the Prime Minister’s fitness for office by whether her unscripted emotions are displayed to just the right extent and at the most opportune time. And similarly judging her opposite number by whether he has a slick enough answer to a difficult question on a subject multi-layered with deep emotion.

Someone please wake me up when we’re back on policy.