Roger Pugh

About Roger Pugh

Following a career that comprised heading up global marketing departments and advertising agencies Roger made a seachange to his hobby of humorous writing by co-founding Political Satire site, Friday Mash. Roger is now the Native Content Director, heading up The Big Smoke’s Creative team and a regular political columnist in both Australian and USA editions of The Big Smoke.

The Pugh perspective: The populist PM we deserve

Roger Pugh argues the only way to guard against the prospect of Australia being “Trumped” is to accept nothing less than the PM we deserve.


It’s hardly surprising we no longer hear the old adage about getting the politicians we deserve. As for Prime Ministers, don’t even think about it.

It could possibly be argued we deserved Kevin to shake us out of our complacency post Hawke, Keating and Howard, but six months would have been ample. We may even have deserved him a second time as a blessed relief from Julia reassuring us we were “moving forwards” after reversing into the carbon tax. Although in the circumstances, a couple of weeks would have been more than enough.

Julia was the PM deserved by the faceless men, the Greens, the First Bloke and Rob Oakeshott. The rest of us were grateful to her for stabbing Kevin but beyond that the last thing we deserved was Bob Brown being called in to help.

Even the Labor Party deserved Tony to deliver them from the second coming of Kevin. However, the past two years has taught us we didn’t deserve a Prince Philip knighthood – perhaps he didn’t either – or Bronnie’s bold initiative to pioneer luxury travel between Melbourne and Geelong, or even the game of Hockey where there never seemed to be any winners.

We don’t deserve Malcolm because we didn’t vote for him, but he has until the next election to demonstrate he’s a deserving case.

There is no question that Bill Shorten would be the PM that the ACTU deserves but according to the polls the rest of us believe we only deserve him about as much as we did Tony, so hopefully Labor will take the hint and come up with someone more deserving.

Surely we deserve a Prime Minister who can sustain at least a 50 percent rating in the preferred PM polling and can last in the job at least one term. If it is now beyond the capacity of political parties to produce a candidate who can meet even these minimum acceptable Prime Ministerial standards, the folks have got to take a stand.

Unless things improve dramatically over the next year, the 2016 federal election could loom as a choice between a Prime Ministerial candidate deserved by the ACTU and another deserved by Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and Scott Morrison.

If we have to abandon all hope of getting the politicians we deserve, we must never give up on the idea of the Prime Minister. There is grave concern that even now in some dark corner of the land, a Trump-inspired candidate could be hatching politically incorrect plans to seize the Lodge.

That’s why a group of concerned citizens are already forming the Prime Ministers We Deserve Movement (PMWDM) to fight for our just desserts. The Movement’s list of preferred populist PM candidates are listed below.


It’s for all of us.


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