Why do we need a left and right in politics?
Look, it'll come as hardly any surprise to anyone that I'm not really a political animal but, hopefully no one thinks I'm quite as stupid as my dad - who's solution to the economic crisis is 'why don't they just print more money?' I know there has to be differences of opinion in anything, but especially in politics but, what I really find interesting, is that politicians on the whole, tend to spend most of their time arguing about stupid, minor differences in policy, rather than actually governing the countries they've been elected to govern.
Obviously I'm only talking about Western Politics here and, for the most part, Australian politics. At the moment, we have Julia Gillard promoting a carbon tax, or at least attempting to and Tony Abbott railing against it. But the thing I wonder is; is he railing about it because he actually thinks it's a bad idea, or is he railing about it because he thinks everyone else thinks it's a bad idea?
Now, I don't have any real opinion about whether it's a good idea or not; all I know is that plenty of countries have a carbon tax and they haven't gone to the wall because of it. So, here's my question (and the actual point of this post): why can't Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott get together and hash something out that a) they can both agree with and b) that will actually be good for the country.
For my money, neither side of politics has all the answers. But, put the best things from both sides of politics together? Surely that's got to be better than one size fits all for four years, then you can decide if you want a change. From my experience, both sides aren't much different from one another anyway.