Letting politicians loose with cameras and smartphones in the middle of an election campaign is never a good idea.
After all you wouldn’t let a child play with a shotgun would you? Basically, on the political scene that is what Kate Jones, member for Ashgrove, has been allowed to do – shoot herself in the foot because her minders weren’t paying close enough attention.
Also our aspiring and sitting politicians appear to need to take a crash course in ethics and basic honesty as concepts such as truth and honesty seem to have bypassed their consciousness yet again.
That’s an awful lot of scorn to pour on poor old Kate Jones you may think. Consider this –
- Kate Jones and her entourage are door knocking within the Ashgrove electorate trying to drum up support for the March 24 Queensland State Election;
- They (Kate and her entourage) knock on the door of a nicely presented home in Ashgrove to find that no one is home;
- Instead of making their way off the property and on to the next home they move to the verandah of the unoccupied residence where Kate Jones MP is snapped shaking the hand of a male person;
- Kate Jones MP then uploads the photograph to micro blogging service Twitter accompanied with a tweet about how she’s meeting with people in her electorate and discussing issues important to them;
The representation of the politician shaking the constituent’s hand on the verandah of the nicely presented Ashgrove residence is of course a lie. Not only that, it is a lie told for the purposes of self promotion and political gain. The conduct is knowingly and cynically designed to convey an image that is false and its publication is unethical.
This is not about politics it is about ethics and appropriate standards of conduct from our public figures. Ms Jones MP is not alone in her moral and ethical bankruptcy of which this is merely a recent example but in the company of a good many sitting and aspiring politicians. It is a sorry state of affairs for this country and for the communities these individuals purport represent.
Ms Jones really needs to have a long hard look at herself in a room full of mirrors and try and figure out who she has become and whether she likes what she sees.
The view from here is very disappointing.
Kate Jones MP – So Much Fail!