It has become clear that our Prime Minister suffers from a “Medusa complex,” a syndrome that is embodied in the inability to address any issue directly.
Instead, he sees everything through the reflection in the mirror of his electoral shield. His avoidance of everything related to good judgment reveals the extent of his affliction with this syndrome.
His early symptoms were revealed when he was confronted by powerful women at the March on Justice March 4 – he couldn’t meet them and was effectively turned to stone. The complex was evident earlier when it used bushfire smoke to hide in Hawaii, thus avoiding the problem. Vaccine out? Again, missing in action, little interest, no responsibility, nothing to do with it.
For Medusa sufferers, the problems are like a tangle of snakes (or proboscis in Mr. Morrison’s case), none of which they are willing to put up with. The symptoms of a national prime minister appear when he ignores, looks the other way, cheers and downplays issues and repackages them. However, like ancient Perseus, he wants to present himself as a hero, savior and protector. But it’s a marketing ploy, an image without substance. Focusing on focus groups, the Prime Minister uses his marketing shield to protect and express himself and his party. In short, Morrison is a champ who does no business.
He insisted that a protective, heroic appearance was the answer to his re-election problem. Scott Morrison has made self-interest, ham barrel, rewarding party activists and pleasing his patrons central to the existence of his government. Therefore, Treasury expenditures appear to follow the path of Hansel and Gretel’s advertisements.
Outsourcing and out for lunch, the alliance seems to be an area devoid of politics and morals. The L-NP has shredded rules, legislation, red tape, checks and balances and replaced them with cyclicality, secrecy and self-interest. This prime minister, like everyone else, demonstrated the need for a federal ICAC and the revival of a strong and independent public service that serves the public. His reliance on political hackers to direct the nation’s social, economic, legal, political, security and environmental policies and investments is unfortunate at all levels. His case is to avoid the subject.
Even worse, Mr. Morrison has chosen to beat the drums of a potential conflict with China rather than use mature diplomacy to address the issues that have arisen with our major trading partner. The actions of a second-class deputy mayor, nuclear advertisements, emblems surrounding flags, army or border force may be common to his chosen focus groups, but undermining and harming Australia’s international relations to build an election fear campaign is not in Australia’s interest.
Years of building a positive relationship with China is easily discarded. These are not the stone warriors we deal with and more efforts are needed to re-establish the overall mutually beneficial relationship.
Unsurprisingly, the drumbeat we hear now has nothing to do with China – it’s the expensive, all-consuming sound of the election cycle. While preparing to spend billions to appease the National Party, the Prime Minister wants nothing to do with elder care, vaccines, quarantines, climate change, the NDIS, domestic violence, gender inequality, community housing and A statement from the heartUniversities and, of course, wildfires. Leave it all to private institutions.
He’s leading a government that can’t – and won’t – be willing to throw bags of taxpayer money and exemptions at select companies instead of facing the challenges of the future. Moving forward, Perseus is not looking to solve these problems or present a plan for nation-building, he simply wants to be elected. Outsourcing knows no bounds.
So what can we expect? Will he dazzle the nation by tossing an electoral ham barrel full of nationalism, fear, hot air, gas, clean coal, and generosity for believers, linking commerce with trust for business comrades, with a candy bar of grants targeted to improve voter digestion? Or will voters see it because of the hollow bowl it is?
Lots of challenges loom and our Perseus and his government are in the porcelain, admiring themselves in the electoral mirror, playing a game of pretend leadership and political positions. Interestingly, with debt and deficits in the rearview mirror, billions wasted and no federal ICAC on the table, his electoral bets couldn’t be better.
Jeffrey Dyer is a retired informal teacher with 41 years of classroom experience. Subjects taught include English, modern and ancient history, society, culture, and Indigenous studies.
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