Lunatics taking over political asylum

Pauline Hanson’s comments about vacinations, and how we should rely on Dr Google rather than qualified medical doctors for information, remind us how tricky it is to deal with political nut-baggery.

Political nut-baggery, by the way, is the tendency of politicians who don’t know what they’re talking about, to keep on talking about it.

On the one hand you don’t want to encourage it, but on the other – it does tend to render people unelectable.

Pauline excels at it, having declared in an interview with Barry Cassidy, from ABC’s Insiders program, that people should do their own research into whether to vaccinate their kids, that there is a test that can tell them whether their child might be allergic to the vaccinations, and suggesting the government’s “no jab, no pay’’ policy is akin to dictatorship.

Barry must have thought he’d gone to interview heaven as Pauline proceeded to throw in a few words of admiration for Vladimir Putin, deflecting claims that the Russian leader may have been responsible for the deaths of 38 Australians in the downed airliner over Ukraine with the cryptic defence: But did he press the button Barry?

And to be fair, it’s hard to know precisely whether Putin pulled the trigger on the  missile that brought down airline MH17. Just as it’s hard to say, exactly, whether he is personally responsible  for the annexation of Crimea. But all the guns seem to point in his direction and all his critics seem to end up arrested or dead. Something Pauline was apparently lauding, without trying to sound too pro-tyrant.

What most medical experts knew immediately the moment Pauline opened her mouth on vaccinations is that no test exists, on Wikipedia or anywhere else, that indicates vaccination allergy or connection to autism, and that Pauline should stop encouraging  people to think otherwise. She vaccinated her own kids and concedes that  vaccination is critical to public health, despite what the anti-vax lobby say.

It’s all well and good to fast-track  natural selection when it come to anti-vax believers. But if you let the child disease genie out of the bottle with things like polio or whooping cough, it won’t only be the anti-vax brigade who suffer. Something Pauline seemed ignorant of when she let fly.

Which gets us back to the tricky challenge of dealing with political nut-baggery.

You don’t want to encourage anyone advocating public health epidemics, even if they don’t realise they’re doing it.  And yet, the more Pauline wades into issues she doesn’t understand on national TV, the less likely it seems her lackeys are of getting elected, as the WA election indicated.

It may be a different story in the upcoming Queensland ballot, because those  Maroons are a “bit different”. And it might be more dangerous letting Pauline off the leash on murkier issues like race relations and religion, where the facts aren’t as vulnerable to things like science. But in a democracy where all arguments have to stand up to critical analysis, it should be informative – in a political nut-baggery sort of way.

We haven’t yet got so politically correct that we stop people who don’t know what they’re talking about from having their say.

We haven’t yet got so politically correct that we stop people who don’t know what they’re talking about from having their say.

Which moves me on to doctors without qualifications who can operate for 10 years in NSW hospitals without being noticed.

And when I say “operate”, I hope the alleged individual didn't operate on anyone at Manly, Hornsby, Wyong and Gosford hospitals over that time.

The fact that he was allegedly able to steal someone’s identity, slip into the system and get away with it for years raises the question – how hard is it to impersonate a doctor? 

Scary thought, but not as scary as copping a procedure off one practising medicine who hasn’t had any training –  emphasis   on the word “practise”, given the lack of training.

Time will tell if it’s the media making all this up, as people like Pauline tend to allege when they’re under the pump, but for the time being, perception is reality, and so is the hope that my GP went to uni.

Which gets me onto alternate energy debate. And how it’s been turned around lately by a lot of scare-mongering so that now the alternate energy to alternate energy seems to be  coal and gas.

A crisis in supply brought on by not being able to make as much money selling gas at home compared to selling gas overseas, sees us likely to experience blackouts as soon as we get our next gas bill if we don’t let the major energy companies frack the country.

And thankfully, the gas companies came together with the Prime Minister this week and promised to have a real crack. Hopefully it won’t be in the water table.

Just seems to prove that when it comes to working out when all this political nut-baggery will end, your gas is as good as mine.