When someone says they will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on schools and hospitals instead of sporting facilities it’s a reminder that politics is the biggest game in town.
Which makes it even more disappointing that so many people have disengaged from the political process in the past few years.
More and more people don’t vote, while many of those who bother going to their local primary school vote informal.
But who can blame these people when the political system seems so remote and detached from their own lives.
“It doesn’t make a difference to my life whoever wins’’ is a comment we hear a lot these days.
And while it may be more or less true it is not where we want to be in this great country if ours.
It’s very obvious we also strongly disapprove of political organisations which navel gaze instead of producing ideas which help the many instead of the few.
In some ways spending time in opposition, as it’s bound to do for a couple of terms from next May, will give it the chance to make the transition to a party of the 21st century.
And I have no doubt that when finally politics is on an even keel many of us will return to engage with it once again.
Looking back, the past 10 years seem like an awful period for our country.
But if everything in life is a challenge I’d like to think that a decade of heavy seas will have been character building and we will emerge an even better country than before.