Politically blind

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It is often said politicians operate in a bubble – feted like celebrities and surrounded by ‘yes’ people constantly telling them what they want to hear which can lead to inflated egos and misguided levels of self importance.
Bit by bit their no doubt solid, grass roots, early-career enthusiasm to serve their electorate is dulled. Their vision becomes less clear … perhaps clouded by their perceived status and a sense of entitlement.
This week’s Christian Porter saga is a perfect case in point.
Mr Porter’s belief that it is perfectly acceptable for a politician to accept significant amounts of money for personal use from a mystery donor is utterly bizarre and highlights the yawning divide between the wider community and some established politicians.
He says to accept money in such circumstances is perfectly legal and – according to his clouded political vision – if it’s legal, it’s okay.
His actions have been found to be in breach of Ministerial standards – as opposed to all MPs – and he has trotted off to the sin-bin that is the back bench to serve out his penance … just as the recently promoted Barnaby Joyce and Bridget McKenzie did before him.
How anyone – let alone the nation’s former Attorney General – can have no issue with an MP accepting donations from unidentified sources is so far from reality it proves the political bubble has claimed another victim.
Mr Porter’s mystery donor could be his mum or a mining magnate, a friend or a foreign corporation – we don’t know.
To operate in such a clandestine way leaves the door wide open to corruption and a complete loss of confidence by the public in the political process.
For Mr Porter to not see this shows he is completely out of touch.
His desire to accept what is believed to have been close to $1m in preference to doing what is right, shows he should stay on the back bench until he not only acknowledges his mistake but indicates a desire to close the legal loophole he attempted to use for his own personal advantage.