My name is Bookgrrl and I am a politics nerd.
I picked up a politics subject when I was at uni to replace a subject I didn’t pass and was instantly hooked. It became one of my majors of my Arts degree, along with French.The timeliness of the subject matter really appealed to me. I was learning about Modern Middle East Politics as the Gulf War was happening, the fall of Communism as it was happening in Eastern Europe and the evolution of the EEC into the EU with the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty.
One of the aspects I loved about it was the lecturer’s insistence on the library being the laboratory of the humanities- it was where we students did our research, began to extrapolate our theories (or simply sit in the light-filled space and dream).
My love of politics has never really left me. It was always special going in to work when I was at Parliament and the buzz of a sitting day was intoxicating.
Electoral systems were fascinating as were the impact of electorate redistributions, I subscribe to Antony Green’s election blog, and I am one of those sad people on a Saturday night who will watch election coverage. I even vote below the line for the Senate. I have even stopped and chatted with the candidates, because in Ballarat, your local member can be your neighbour, a parent at the same school your kids attend, and even a friend on Twitter :).
I still get a buzz queuing up on election day, and the other thing that REALLY excites me is the local sausage sizzle at the primary school!
However, try as I might, it’s not easy getting enthused about this Saturday. I have no desire for either of the major parties, and I am tired of all the scare-mongering about asylum-seekers. It’s as if both parties are fighting to see who can be the most appealing to the idiot vote, and their refusal to release costings of their policies until it is too late to properly scrutinise them displays such utter contempt for the public. I am tired of seeing politicians parade their families as ornaments to their campaign- I want a leader who can lead, who has sound policies that benefit us all, not because he has attractive offspring.
As much as I want to, I don’t want to cast a donkey vote or vote informally- by luck of birth, I can vote. As for whom I will cast my vote…it will be a female candidate :).