The View from Up Here.
One of the great things about living in a city as diverse as Shanghai is the people you meet. I have many friends, from many nations: Australians by the boatload, sure, but also Brits, Americans, Austrians, Chinese, Belgians, Germans and Frenchmen. But this week, it was embarrassing to head outside to socialise with these people.
Viewed from far away, the Australian political debarkle of the last few days is nothing short of spectacularly ridiculous. At least two different international mates have asked me - with rightfully smirking faces - if it was true: did an ousted leader really take back power? And did that mean TWO leaders had now been installed without a popular vote?
Eyes down, gentlemen, nothing to see here. Faces burn with the shame of it. One friend rightfully commented 'This sounds like something you'd hear about in the Solomon Islands, or in Fiji or Haiti.' She's right. What a mess, and what damage done to the proud name of our country. We're a joke, and the Labour Party has a lot to answer for.