If politicians were business leaders

PICTURE it: you’re standing in line at your local coffee haunt, jangling your change in your pocket as you inch closer toward your morning caffeine fix.

You’re still a few people away from placing your order when you notice the giant menu sign behind the barista.

“Small cappuccino, $3 – cheaper than the jokers next door and we’ll make it in half the time,” the sign declares.


“Plus, if you ask for a double shot we’ll actually give you a double shot, rather than handing over a regular coffee and pretending we delivered what we promised.”

If business people actually operated like this – by being negative, aggressive and inflammatory, and shouting loudly about how terrible their competitors are – our commerce industries would implode.

No one wants to hear all that negativity and it’s simply no way to run a business.

So why do political leaders believe it’s the right way to run a political party?

Here we are, the Monday after the Queensland election, and our state is a shambles.

We don’t have a confirmed new leader at the time of printing this article, although it’s pretty clear that Labor has wiped the floor with the ALP party – and it’s not because they’re a brilliant team full of sharp political minds, brimming with innovative, progressive solutions to take Queensland forward in a positive direction.

Sadly, that’s not the case, although I wish it were true.

No, Labor has made massive headway this weekend primarily because they were loud.

They very loudly campaigned by highlighting the myriad ways Campbell Newman’s has let his people down. Newman pissed many people off in many different ways and the Labor party wasn’t going to let us forget about a single moment of it.

In terms of Labor’s policies for helping Queenslanders moving forward, I actually don’t know what they are. Their campaign to date has been high on Newman vitriol, low on actual policy information or future plans.

But that’s how this game of politics rolls.

I think ABC radio presenter Mark Colvin summed it up best, when he tweeted on Saturday, “Oppositions don’t win elections, governments lose them. Whoever wins tonight should remind themselves of that every single day.”

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