It’s making everything worse.
Honestly, who the hell looks at the bright, beautiful, broad variety of birdlife we have in this nation and decides to vote for the goddamn ibis? Yeah, you can tell me we destroyed their natural habitat and reduced them to having to scavenge in the bins of Hyde Park, but they’re still ugly and weird. I’m not having it, especially when the option to vote for a cassowary – or even a galah – is right there.
And of course this development comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Sydney’s newest ferry will be named Ferry McFerryface – after an online poll. It’s not even a new joke. It’s not even a new joke about boats. No wonder staff are already refusing to work on it.
I know what you’re going to say. It’s democratic to ask people their opinion on these things. We just had a postal survey on marriage equality, and that turned out alright.
No, no it didn’t. We won the thing, sure – but the whole stupid postal survey idea was dreamt up by stupid people who had the power to make that stupid decision because the rest of us were asked “Should these people run the country?” and gave a stupid answer.
Bloody ibises indeed.