Who on earth does one vote for in the upcoming elections?
There are very few issues in life that bear us with such boundless enthusiasm as an election. The power cooker of media diagnosis and rubbing shoulders with politicians is orgasmic, writes Piet Croucamp in this week’s edition of Vrye Weekblad.
The outcomes centre in Pretoria is an amphitheatre of journalists, analysts and employed folks with political ambition who’re vying for the final public’s approval. Rumours, fears, story and sage jog adore blood except the reality is confirmed on the electronic boards. It is a mountainous time to bond with commentators outdoor the Afrikaans circle because we are more or less over one one more.
However we can now not stand round and rub shoulders all day. We wish to coast vote too. Correct adore one one more electorate, political analysts and journalists can even wish to coast construct a subjective determination.
That is where the reality of politics sucks the life correct out of us. We are boxed into the balloting booths adore circus lions. Elections are mountainous equalisers.
So where do I construct my coast?
Croucamp says he is now not in the temper for Helen Zille and nothing may perchance well well construct him vote for John Steenhuisen. While he would consider a suggestion from Cyril Ramaphosa to be his “driver”, he won’t vote for an insolvent crime syndicate. Julius Malema calls him a land thief. Which he may perchance well well very well be, but he doesn’t adore Malema telling him that. He voted for the ACDP twice but he is now too ashamed to confess it. And he is now not an Afrikaner so it is a no for the FF Plus too.
The balloting booth is a claustrophobic articulate for one’s mind. And in the tip we use it adore we use a lavatory: to flush away the rubbish of contradictions in our heads.
Pragmatism will take the day, reckons Croucamp, and his determination will be made by formula of elimination. Most of us vote for the person or celebration who annoys us the least anyway.
Be taught more on this, and more news, diagnosis and interviews in this Friday’s edition of Vrye Weekblad.