It's general election time in Australia. It looks as if the right will be returning to power, which makes a proposal by my countryman, Senator Nick Xenophon, very timely indeed. I have boldfaced the QOTD:
Independent senator Nick Xenophon is offering to help satirists who want to send up Australia's politicians.
The South Australian senator says he plans to move an amendment to the Parliamentary Proceedings Broadcasting Act 1946 to allow federal MPs to be lampooned over what they say or do in parliament.
He says programs such as The Chaser, The Project and Gruen Nation are banned from using images of parliamentary sittings for the purposes of satire or ridicule.
"They don't have anachronistic laws like this in the US, but they probably do in Kazakhstan," Senator Xenophon said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Pollies do and say stupid things all the time in parliament, me included. We shouldn't have a special legal protection from being sent up."
Aussies love cute nicknames more than Willard Mittbot Romney loves money, but I quite like pollies. It makes politicians sound like chattering parrots. For example, Senator Walnuts is a querulous old parrot looking for a new shoulder to sit on. His 2008 running mate, however, is a mere bird brain...