This week’s lesson: politics is no fairy tale
Once upon a time, in a mythical kingdom called Canberra which most people don’t really believe exists, a lady called Cindergillard lost her shoe.
The lady didn’t lose her shoe at a big fancy schmancy ball, but what can you do? Ball, restaurant, same effect.
The hunt was on. Who would the shoe fit? In ye olde days, they settled this kind of issue door-to-door. On this occasion, the matter was handled in the mercenary manner of the interwebs.
The good people of the land wanted the shoe to be reunited with its rightful owner, even if it was a moderately priced item in the mid $100 range. They had, after all, subsidised the shoe through their taxes.
But did they want Cindergillard to live happily ever after?
Alas, they did not. Despite the ignominy and sheer physical endangerment of the shoe-shedding incident, the worthy citizenry did not change their feelings towards Cindergillard.
They could not forgive her fairy godmothers Bill Shorten and Mark Arbib for slaying Prince Kevin of Griffith to get her inside the royal palace in the first place.
They bore no resentment towards Cindergillard’s ugly stepsister Antoniabbott, even though he kept sweeping the floor of Parliament with her.
And frankly, they couldn’t give a stuff whether she lived happily ever after with Prince Tim of Scissorhands at Castle Kirribilli
All of which proves that politics is most assuredly no fairy tale.
Cindergillard showed both dignity and resilience in yesterday’s unfortunate scuffle.
But after stealing a slipper late last year, the citizens of the kingdom won’t be crying mops and buckets over her lost shoe.
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