So often political matters become trivialised and are presented in extremely negative ways. Our press very often should be ashamed, that they do not report on policies, legislation and achievement, focussing instead relentlessly on the negative.
I don't claim that the political sphere is perfect, or that it ought not to be criticised. There is plenty to criticise, but also much to praise and to appreciate. Newspapers seldom report on legislation or on the details of policies and programs. To do this journalists would actually have to do some work and analysis, instead of carrying on endlessly about the latest public opinion polls and whether there is likely to be a leadership challenge. The standard of journalism, in my view, has deteriorated significantly in recent years, to the extent that it is often disgraceful and very misleading. While it is possible to get specialised information, the ordinary voter - and such I count myself these days - has a lot of trouble getting any clear and accurate idea of what is happening in the political area. This ought to concern us all far more than it does. We are all citizens, and most of us pay our taxes.
I used to follow politics far more keenly than I do now, which is not to my credit. It is depressing that so many people are so willing to carp, to focus on the negative and not to appreciate that we have a democracy which ought to be the envy of many countries. It is not perfect and has deteriorated in many ways - and of course there are many causes, which include the shock jocks of TV and radio stirring up prejudices and the negative.
We ought to consider the positive far more than we do.