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The situation with pollies is that they have to suck up very hard, to all and sundry, to get pre-selection in the first place. Friends are pushed to one side as new friendships within the party platform are formed. This then leads to a policy of 'you scratch my back and I will scratch yours' so the morals of the individual are starting to be broken down.

Once the pre-selection is achieved, they have to sell policies that they do not agree with to the electorate and then in so doing suck up to the subscribers and donees to fund their aspirations. All of this sucking up leads to a change of personality within the candidate as he also has to forgo family values (as he distances himself from the family) and the attitudes change to one of selfishness as he/she strives to win an electorate.

Then should he win this individual is thrust into the limelight for 5 seconds of fame. This fraction of fame is indelibly etched on the brain as a motivator to get his name in print once more as the adrenalin is a powerful aphrodisiac (sp). In this limelight the family are again thrust, yet this time there is a plastic veneer so that the personal problems are not headlines in the local newspaper.

This veneer turns out to be a useful tool as the individual subsequently learns how to finese the media and friends. The finer art of lies. Mainly white lies but lies as they have to hide the fact that they do get drunk, sick despondent and are subject to mood swings depending on the amount of pressure applied from the immediate family, within the party room or from the electorate.

The lies then form a basis of arrogance that is wielded throughout the party room in an endeavour to topple the opposition. Trust, is a thing of the past and reliance is placed on a need to ensure that all things are correct to avoid a press gallery (and opposition) that is hungry for snippets or innuendos that could undo all well laid plans.

Any wrong word, any expression that may offend those more powerful is limited and hidden. Feelings are no longer spoken as suspicion will be caste and no longer will favours be given. The aspirations, the glory, winning and controlling ones own destiny is no longer in ones own hands but in the number crunchers, the deceitful power brokers and conjurers of policy, from illicitly obtained information.

This is a covert group that breeds arrogance, self centred attitudes, mistruths and amongst all else mis-trust!

;O) ........ T'is my writing and fiction, my opinions so do not sue!
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