Dear Julia, Hop to it
It’s Tuesday and today I’ve written a letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
First off, congratulations for the win. It’s been a big week week in politics and you came out on top (so to speak). Let’s hope in the interests of the Labor Party, Kevin Rudd backs off now and let’s you get on with running the country without any unnecessary distractions.
You see, I think you have allowed others to distract you. You’ve also let a few “faceless men” be your strategists. How’s that working for you?
Personally, I think it’s time you started watching your back and while you ‘re at it, best you also watch your front, your sides and above you. I think there are a couple of people are waiting in the wings *cough Bill Shorten* *cough every other Minister* with their eyes on the prize. Power is an intoxicating inticement. Ego does funny things to people. Don’t trust anyone, Julia.
Now Julia, yesterday as I watched the leadership battle unfold and I examined the reactions of the voting public – one thing was very clear. People are angry at politicians. People are angry at you.
Labor Party supporters are angry at Kevin, you and all those faceless men for dragging the party into this mess. What happened to unity and fighting the good and fair battle against your opponent. You know that group of people called the Liberal Party. You know, Tony’s mob. He has had the weekend of his career. He is already packing his things for the Lodge, that confident he’ll take his party to victory in the next election.
If you want to win, you need to shut him down. He doesn’t have to do much at all, when you listen to the people, so disenfranchised by this debacle.
Yesterday, I also watched the Oscars and when the little gold statuette was placed in the hands of the winners I cried. I cried because for me the Oscars signify a dream. A reminder to me to follow mine – that one day I could be in that room. Movies are a world of imagination. They light a fire burning in people’s souls. They give people hope that anything’s possible. That is what you need to do. You have the Golden Ticket, now you must use it to make magic.
You need to inspire the people of Australia. You need to make them believe they can rise above the economic cloud which has cast a shadow on so many. And then when you’ve got them in the palm of your hand, lift them up and give them hope that things will change for them, that you are moving forward.
But remember, inspiring visionaries also require exceptional policies. Take chances when you can, Julia. Be a Prime Minister who is remebered for being bold, decisive, progressive and not someone who is being used as a pawn by others looking to take your job. How about you push harder for same-sex marriage? That would be a good first step.
I understand you are in a difficult position and you’re required to negotiate at every turn, but now’s your chance to make history. Grab it with both hands and run, run faster than those chasing you and make this country a better place. C’mon, it’s your time to lead, now act like a leader. And if you’re not up to the job, step aside for someone who is.
In the great words of Willy Wonka: “Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it…”
Have a fab day,
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