When I was listening to the radio news last week I noticed that you people in the US are still being subjected to an election campaign. You poor buggers.
Australian politicians could never keep us interested in an election for that long. If they tried, all they would find on voting day is boxes and boxes of donkey votes.
We have compulsory voting here, we are a captive and unimpressed audience. We know we have to vote and we know that no matter what they tell us it is unlikely to be true, non-core promises, never-never GST or ‘no carbon tax under a government I lead’ have taught us well.
For example, I noticed in the budget news over the weekend Julia Gillard is going to give every family with school aged children cash payments to help with school expenses.
Really, all that does is make us suspicious of whatever else she is up to. We are happy to accept this unearned windfall, but we are no more likely to vote for her. And no, we haven’t forgotten about our electricity bills going up massively, thanks to you Julia.
We are nowhere near as passionate about our politicians as people elsewhere in the world. Really, they just need to do their best not to annoy us if they want our vote. Of course, incidents like this one from 1901 would have a far better chance of keeping the electorate interested…
Upon the death of a politician named Mr Murray Hall in 1901 the attendant physician was startled to find that Mr Hall was not a Mr at all.
I love these old stories of Misters that turn out to be Mizzes. It would have been quite an extraordinary thing to have lived that life back then.
I am sure that many women have wanted to live differently throughout history, but to actually go against every expectation of society and do it would have taken considerable strength of mind. It still would now, but is far more socially acceptable today than back then. It wasn’t that long ago when walking the streets in gender-inappropriate clothing would see you arrested.
Can you imagine the scandalous gossip doing the rounds in 1901 after his true identity was revealed? I think it would be especially scandalous in the case of a Mizter* that has been married to another woman. I often wonder if the wife (or in this case wives) knew the secret or if they were innocent as to what the difference between man and woman was? A wedding night with a new husband could come as something of a shock, couldn’t it!
*Mizter definition – A woman secretly and successfully living as a man. You heard it here first people. 😉