Okay wow. Surely Malcolm Roberts is going to lose his twitter privileges soon. Twice this month he has had to delete tweets after realising how stupid or offensive they were. This first effort was his tasteless clapping of David Leyonhjelm’s appallingly narcissistic and uncaring response to the loss of lives in the Bourke Street tragedy. The second was in his embarrassingly petty and ignorant response to the Change the Date protests around Australia Day, where he demonstrated he had no idea that Labour Day was not connected to the Australian Labor Party.
Now there isn’t a lot wrong with not knowing what Labour Day (or 8 Hour Day as it is also known) is about, but when you are a politician, if you don’t know something you need to find it out. That is why they have overpaid advisors (well it should be). Politicians who just guess what something means don’t just embarrass themselves, as Roberts did. This combination of laziness and arrogance is dangerous. When else has he not bothered to check he understands something before making a decision and just gone with his instinctive guess? Is this where his views on Islam and climate change come from (admittedly in the caser of climate change it is probably more based on the money he received from coal industry donors)?
If you voted for One Nation because you support some of Pauline Hanson’s positions or just because you like her style of aggressive unpolished speech, you have to accept you also support Roberts. You don’t have the luxury of saying, “It doesn’t matter what Roberts says, I support Hanson.” Politics doesn’t work like that. If you vote One Nation, Malcolm Roberts is one of your representatives. He may not be your local representative but he is speaking for the party as Pauline Hanson won’t criticise him.
So please think carefully about your vote at the next election.