It annoys me that so many on the Left in this country have put so little thought into their philosophy. Twitter is a great example. Especially today.
Overnight, the Irish voted to allow gay marriage. Okay, good for them. It seems to be what most of them want. And I think it’s a positive outcome for them.
This morning, Australia’s media have asked our PM whether such a plebiscite would happen here, and he said no. Unsurprisingly, the left have leapt on his refusal and criticised him for it.
It’s moments like that I hate sharing the same place on the political spectrum with such morons.
Even if you support marriage equality (and I do), I don’t support the abdication of responsibility that a plebiscite represents. In this country, we elect our political representatives to make laws and to govern. Spending a few million dollars to essentially give them the green light to make a law is a stupid waste of money.
Such a popular vote would only happen in Australia if the majority of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate approved the holding of the vote. And they’d be sanctioning that vote in the knowledge there’s a high probability of it receiving popular approval. In other words, we’d only get a popular vote if support for marriage equality has the support of the majority of politicians.
And if it’s got the support of the majority of politicians, why don’t they just amend the law anyway? Why waste millions of dollars getting the public to approve it first?
The truth is they’re scared. They’re scared of the attack they’d face from the social conservatives and the religious faction for voting for marriage equality. The popular vote would give them cover. They’d be able to vote for it with the excuse that ‘the people have spoken’.
It’s cowardly, it’s pathetic, and it’s tantamount to admitting they do not deserve to hold their position to govern, when they are obviously scared to do so.
(I also think it’s a mistake for governments to be even making laws about marriage, but that can wait for another day)