I blame Netflix for Pell sympathisers

Friday, 1 March 2019
London, UK
By Sam Volkering

  • The Catholic Liberal Party of Australia
  • What kind of character do our leaders have?
  • The only way to escape incompetency

What is it about former Prime Ministers and child sex offenders?

Just when you thought Australian politics was independently run by those wishing to fulfil the will of the people (yeah right), John Howard decides to throw his hat in the ring to defend George Pell by providing a character reference. And his longstanding friend, Tony Abbott, refused to deny he was supporting the Cardinal.

If you didn’t believe the Liberal Party of Australia was really governed by the Catholic Church, then surely you must have an inkling of it now?

As for the issue of George Pell (and the insanely large number of people defending him), here’s the takeaway point…

A jury found the evidence sufficient to warrant a conviction.

Now, of course he’s going to appeal. Maybe he will win, maybe he won’t. Maybe this will drag on for a long time. I don’t profess to be able to judge him, his character, or what he has or hasn’t done.

I wasn’t in the court room, I haven’t seen the evidence. All the information I have is that a jury found the evidence sufficient to warrant a conviction.

As it stands, right now, George Pell is a convicted child sex offender. And anyone that sympathises with him, right now, is doing so for a convicted child sex offender.

Just think about that for a moment.

Markets

Overnight the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 69.16 points, or 0.27%.

The S&P 500 dropped 7.89 points, or 0.28%.

In Europe, the Euro Stoxx 50 index finished up 15.49 points, or 0.47%.

Meanwhile, the FTSE 100 fell 0.46%, and Germany’s DAX gained 28.31 points, or 0.25%.

In Asian markets, Japan’s Nikkei 225 is down 171.35 points, or 0.79%. China’s CSI 300 is down 0.25s&%.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 is up 28.20 points, or 0.46%.

On the commodities markets, West Texas Intermediate crude oil is US$55.48 per barrel. Brent crude is US$61.31 per barrel.

Turning to gold, the yellow metal is trading for US$1,314.54 (AU$1,851.33) per troy ounce. Silver is US$15.62 (AU$22.01) per troy ounce.

One bitcoin is worth US$3,792.85

The Aussie dollar is worth 70.96 US cents.

These people actually make decisions in your life

To be fair to people who have quickly jumped to the defence of George Pell, I do blame Netflix a bit.

Netflix has perpetrated a social awareness of wrongly convicted ‘criminals’. Shows like Making a Murderer and The Staircase have cast doubt about the legal system…in the US at least.

But you can’t help thinking: maybe there are a lot of wrongly convicted people in Australia too?

Then you realise that, while that might be the case, there are also a lot of people that get off who are guilty thanks to legal loopholes and far too effective criminal defence lawyers.

Today, it seems anyone that’s been convicted of a crime is still innocent until proven guilty, until proven guilty again, and ultimately proven guilty a third time.

And if they continue to be proven guilty, then there must be a conspiracy at hand.

Does it feel like people have lost all faith in the legal system? Yes, it does. Thanks for nothing, Netflix.

But if people are so quick to cast doubt into the legal system, why don’t they cast as much doubt into the democratic system?

Maybe the next riveting Netflix series should be called Making a Minister?

What this whole incredible debacle also goes to show is the kind of ‘leaders’ that sit at the highest rung of Australian decision making. There is no greater power in the land than the Prime Minister. At least that’s how it’s supposed to be.

But you could probably carry an argument that the CEOs of the banks and the big miners hold more global clout than our miserly spate of PMs over the last few decades.

Still, the ‘top job’ is one that continues to be held by, frankly, incompetent people. It’s not much of a job to hold in the first place. The pay is rubbish — compared to the CEO of Rio Tino’s $8 million pay in 2018 — and you’re always going to have half the country hate you.

Add to the mix you’ve always got a target on your back. And that’s from within your own party! Must be stressful. Maybe that’s why we end up with the kinds of leaders we do?

Maybe it’s because it’s such a rubbish job to have that no smart person in their right mind would do it. The cream of the crop, the real talent, is drawn away into the corporate world. That’s why we end up with politicians who have come through the party system and haven’t worked a minute anywhere outside of political strategy studies or the campaign room.

It’s also why they are so far removed from what the average person goes through, there’s no way they could really represent the people.

Democracy and the system of government isn’t going to change in a hurry, is it? Government has been an institution of rule over people for centuries. Absent of a military coup, or a genuine people’s revolution, there will be a Prime Minister tomorrow, next year, in a decade and probably in another 100 years.

If that’s the case, then what hope do we have to prevent the inept from making major decisions that flow through the economy and society to impact your day to day life?

We know that things are getting harder for the average person. Energy costs are higher again. The cost of health insurance is higher. The cost of transport is higher. The cost of everything is higher…except property, which is now falling in value.

But we also hear through sources that people are pushing out the intervals between getting their cars serviced. Apparently, that’s something that almost never happens.

It’s one of the most damning pieces of information we’ve heard in some time. It might not sound like much, but it’s evidence that people are stretching their dollar further. That doesn’t bode well for the domestic economic outlook.

This isn’t something that just happens overnight either. It’s decades of failed fiscal policy. It’s decisions from the years of Hawke, Keating, Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison that have put the country in this position. You could go back further, but you catch my drift.

And the next mob that get into power will continue the same tired story of short term ‘vision’ coupled with ineffectiveness of a two-party preferred system.

But you can’t change the system, not on your own. So, what can you do? How do you remove government interference from your life? After all, the ineptitude is all around us.

I’ll give you one example before telling you perhaps your only option…

More money for less waste (literally)

My bins are now collected fortnightly. They used to be collected once a week. The reason the council is now only doing it fortnightly is they need to make drastic cost cutting measures. In short, they’re going bankrupt because of poor fiscal management.

A bunch of inept government officials have been unable to successfully run the city. No great shock there.

However, now my council tax rates are going up. That’s right, they’re making cost cutting measures, because they can’t manage money, and now they want more money so they can also manage that poorly.

I can’t decide to stop paying my council tax. The government will come after me with debt collectors. I can’t protest and say I’ll pay when you show me you know how to manage it, that’s just not an option.

We just have to suck it up, deal with incompetent government and go about our business.

People say well if you don’t like it, vote for someone else. The only problem with that is the ‘someone else’ is equally bad, if not worse at the job, too. You think the Liberals are bad in Australia, wait till Labor gets in. Same in the UK. People say the Conservatives are no good, well when Labour gets their shake at it, watch out cos it ain’t getting better.

There is one way, and one way only out of all of this. And I’m starting to think that it’s an end game that we all should be working towards later in life.

Living off-grid.

That’s the only real way to properly escape government interference. It’s not a simple outcome, and it would take many years of planning and execution to get to that point. But I think I’m going to have to eventually live off-grid.

Not sure when, and not sure I’ll convince my wife and son as much. By then, he might have decided to go off-grid himself anyway – with a little encouragement from Dad.

It’s not the ideal solution but it’s the only one. And maybe that’s the point of it all. That’s the point of investment, knowledge, self-reliance…it’s to enable a life where you, and only you, control the outcome of your existence. No government, no elitist powers, no bank can dictate what you do and how you do it.

We get to off-grid by being on-grid. We earn, save, invest, build wealth so that we can go off-grid and kiss the incompetency goodbye.

Regards,
Sam