Here is a summary about ABC’s program: The Killing Season.
I did not write this myself. I just copied it!

“THE KILLING SEASON is Sarah Ferguson’s gripping three-part examination of the forces that shaped Labor during the Kevin Rudd / Julia Gillard leadership years.

It is a documentary series like no other. Visually striking, scripted like the best political dramas, The Killing Season is an enthralling account of one of the most turbulent periods of Australian political history.

Packed with political intrigue, strong feelings and frank disclosures, this is a must-watch series for the nation.

For the first time, Kevin Rudd gives his own, full account of the period and relives in vivid detail the events of losing the Prime Ministership – a retelling he found painful.

Julia Gillard is forthright with her recollections and analysis and doesn’t spare her colleagues.

A comprehensive cast of the main players – including many of those still in parliament – speak frankly, providing a dramatic portrait of a party at war with itself.

Episode Two of The Killing Season goes to air on Tuesday 16th June at 8.30pm, on ABC1. You can watch Episode One on ABC iview and at abc.net.au/killingseason.”

It is still Tuesday today. Peter and I just finished watching Episode Two of the above program. Having just watched it, I feel sick to my stomach. I wonder, wonder why on earth politics has to be such a dirty business?
Yesterday was a lot of talk about the Magna Carta, which was written down 800 years ago. The principals that led to the writing down of the Magna Carta have not changed in 800 years. People are still the same. What you own of the land or the wealth of the land determines what class you are in and what your political powers are. All politicians who want to stay in power have to be prepared to do more for the rich than the poor. It is as simple as that.

Why can’t the poor have simple housing, healthy food, clean water, clean air and adequate clothing? And of course a job according to their abilities. Is that too much if the poor expect as much as this? But even this much the rich of this world are not prepared to leave for the poor of this world. Has anything changed since Jesus walked the earth? Ah well, he said we are always going to have the poor with us. But do we need to drive them to desperation or distinction?

We have laws that forbid killing. Still, wars and killings go on and on. Why?

People are capable of heroic acts. They often help other people not counting the costs, sacrificing themselves. A species that can resort to such heroic acts, also needs to kill at times? Why is that so?

As far as politics is concerned, I find it very difficult to reconcile myself with mainstream politics, be it Labor or Liberal. To my mind they are practically the same. How can I like to be governed by back stabbing, scheming people who do everything to support big business at the expense of poorer people?

Correction, personally I don’t really mind that much being governed like this, for I have all my creature comforts. So what do I complain about? Well, I do not like how people through no fault of their own can end up being desperately poor and without a job. And I do not like how politicians constantly do scare all of us and try to keep us in line that way.


  1. Well roared, Lion! The sad thing is that politics always seems to attract the greedy, ambitious self-seeking, power-hungry type of person who becomes more and more ruthless the more power he/she acquires. When someone halfway decent does manage to make a career in politics, they are more often than not destroyed by the rat race – an example in the UK is Charles Kennedy who died recently of alcohol-related disease.

    1. We know it is the way you describe it, Catt. What we do not know is, whether all this is inevitable. We might have the wish that it could be otherwise. How can it be different? This is probably a long, long process. In the meantime some kind of barbarism may have overcome us again. Civilisations are not meant to last forever.

      I am reminded here about what Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said about how to treat people:

      ““I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person humanized or de-humanized. If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
      Johann Wolfgang von Goethe”

  2. I’m not sure wealth and “creature comforts” are worth that much in a society where we are all being sickened by toxic chemicals in our air, water and food. If your health has been destroyed, it doesn’t really matter how much money you have.

    1. Thanks for commenting, dear Stuart. Well, I never had much money. It was more or less just enough to live on. Still, I know, that I have just been lucky so far that I could survive most of the time comparatively well. By living prudently, we were eventually able to always save enough money for some traveling. Peter and I never had to go into debt for our travels! But we did mos of our travels on a ‘shoestring’ so to speak.
      Both Peter and I turned 80 recently. So I reckon we’ve had a pretty good run. What I am concerned about, is the huge increase of the very poor of this world and future deteriorating quality of life, and that wars are being fought in increasingly nasty ways. Also, that more and more people lose their ‘freedoms’ or never did get a chance for a sustained, healthy life in an environment that guaranties basic human rights.
      I wonder what kind of world we leave for our descendants? More and more a Big Brother like world? I think we should be able to do better.

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