Writing about issues that are generally perceived as affecting the workforce in a negative way is a minefield. Especially if you are one of the minority that may benefit from the sweeping industrial changes planned by the Howard Government, which is enjoying an unparalleled position of power and influence due to the last election results.
To be honest the announcement of the proposed industrial reform was a bit of a shock to me. The majority of Australians work for someone else, and if I understand the basic political machine the majority of votes is what gets politicians elected. Maybe I'm wrong.
I tend to prefer the comedic quip to the serious expose. I probably would have wondered quietly to my blog if John Howard was attempting to put an end to Peter Costello's leadership aspirations by ensuring the demise of any re-election hopes in the future. Or doing a bit on where John Howard's reason ate its lunch, and what it thought of the reform plans when it got back to the office. Maybe pointing out that he probably has more carte blanche with Kim Beasley trying out again in the opposition hot seat than with his power over the Parliment, and may have nothing to worry about anyway.
But hate mail doesn't sit well in my in-box.
Then Johnno popped the question and I actually started to give it some serious consideration.