Australian Politics & Current Affairs
Barry O’Farrell, the NSW premier, head of the self-proclaimed “Liberal” party – a political ideology dedicated to the rights and liberties of individuals and businesses – has just announced his intent to fail his party, fail his backers, fail his constituents, and fail the state of New South Wales. Disastrously.
Today’s announcements to end drinks at 3am in “the greater CBD” area are the most blatant knee-jerk reactions to media hysteria, whipped up in a pathetic appeal to a bunch of paranoid, possessive parents. A generation of old bores, whose age puts them well beyond their use-by-date in regards to anything remotely concerned with the reality of Sydney’s nightlife. A powerful, demanding, and stubborn pack of middle-aged Alan Jones listeners, bent on wrapping the nation in a safety blanket of rules and regulations, and anyone who doesn’t go along with their agenda is clearly an advocate of violence, chaos, destruction, and death.
To involve the families of deceased teenagers Tom Kelly and Daniel Christie in the debate was a fatal flaw to begin with. This is terrible policy making – dancing to the tune of hysterical families who, understandably, “want something done”. There can be no objective, well-constructed arguments by shutting the doors and bowing down to emotion. This is not justice – this is collective retribution inflicted on an entire city for the stupid acts of two thugs, who, incidentally, lashed out before midnight had even struck.
Reason and logic have been shattered today. This is a true triumph for the paranoid, the weak, the hysterical. This is New South Wales, 2014 – a state run by a handful of media shit-stirrers, an opportunistic ALP making demands in Opposition it would never have considered when in power, a spineless government laying down and letting the “epidemic of alcoholism” noise drown out the fact that alcohol-related assaults are actually decreasing, and a generation of youth with their heads stuck so far up their arses they allowed this to happen.
Yes, to the youth of Sydney – you allowed this to happen. In any other self-respecting place on Earth, the youth have enough political engagement and collective angst to oppose this inter-generational bullshit. Not you. Your lives have been engulfed by Facebook, selfies, fashion, and exhibitionism. You will now pay the price as your “elected officials” tear apart the very nightlife you rely upon to feel good about yourselves as you post 5am selfies and status updates about your “epic hangover”.
Take a good hard look in the mirror, and ask yourselves what kind of state you want this to be. Today marks only the beginning of the end. Make no mistake, this will not stop at “the greater CBD area”, nor will it stop at 3am, nor will it satisfy the hordes of arseholes in this world who feel it is their God-given right to tell everyone else how to act, how to have fun, and how to live their lives.
Governments will always, always, increase restrictions and claw back the rights and freedoms of its people, because that it simply what governments do. But they only get away with it when a blind, deaf, and dumb citizenry allows them to. Wake up. Take off the blindfold, take out the earplugs, and take a stand. This is your state to be won or lost.