After my last post on Michael Costa, my wife accused me of having ‘a little man crush’ on Mr Costa. To be honest I hadn’t yet decided what I thought of him due to lack of information. This in turn being due to my generally underdeveloped interest in politics. But I admitted to my wife that he had sparked my interest. I wouldn’t say ‘man crush’, as such – it’s an intellectual, platonic thing. Really it is.
In fact, up until last week – except for some vague notion that he had done something with the railway, and of course, that he was the NSW treasurer – all I really knew was that other politicians don’t like him. I decided I needed to do a little research so that I could form my own opinion about him. Because one thing I do know is that I’m not going to form my opinion of a politician based on what other politicians think about him!
I should note that I think trying to choose your favorite politician – or even one that you like – might well be like trying to choose your favorite episode of Friends. In both cases they are essentially all the same. In both cases, even if you do choose a favorite and decide to by the DVD, they come with a bunch of other episodes that you don’t like.
(I’m paraphrasing and otherwise bastardising a quote from a friend of mine in the above paragraph – he said trying to remember your dreams was like trying to remember last weeks Friends episode)
I also know, or at least believe, the following:
- being right doesn’t always make you popular
- government might well be ineffective by design
- it’s the person who is actually trying to fix the problem who gets the blame
- sometimes everything is exactly the same as it always was but suddenly it’s your fault
- some jobs are hard or damn near impossible and it takes balls just to try them
- some of the way people behave can be explained by their context
Now, what I’ve learned about Michael Costa in my recent research is:
- he’s ‘Mr Fix It’
- he’s Bi-polar
- he’s Greek
- he’s apparently interested in working in the private sector (merchant bank)
- he bullies unions
- his hero is Ronald Reagan
- he yells sneers at 10 year-old girls (but in a funny way, I think)
To be continued…