When I lived with Mum and Dad, there were these times when Dad would come home from work, waving his arms around angrily, his loud, booming voice filling the house with complaints about some new idea which was about to be put into practice which would ruin everything.
He hadn’t read anything, but Bill or Snowy said that’s how it was, so that’s how it must be.
Dad, like many people, wouldn’t sit down and read in order to sort fact from hearsay.
Mum would get to a point where she would put her hand up and say “Hang on!” and at this point, she’d check the official letter which she had received earlier.
The glasses would go on and she’d read it, and sometimes she’d read it again.
Then she’d declare “That’s not what this says at all!”
And Dad would say “But Snowy said, and if He said it’s right, then, it’s prob…”
Mum was staring at him as if thinking “You great twit”… she’d point at the paper and say “That’s not what this says”.
Dad would mumble and walk out of the room, plainly defeated, but at the same time, probably pleased he was wrong and therefore didn’t need to be so upset.
I think this is how most Australians are, Happy to be told rubbish and accept it as truth, rather than spend time looking at the facts.
Such as that awful little truth that our economy is ripping along nicely thanks, we’re not Greece or the UK and we’re doing better than the US, it’s all there in black and white, but will Aussies check?
No, they’d rather be told things by the Murdoch owned news company (Snowy?) and accept that as truth.
When Abbott is Prime Minister of Australia, these will be the people to thank for it.