On opinion polls and other props of political theatre
Take four examples of politics as ritual and performance.
This week we’ve had Tony Abbott sitting on children’s play equipment, delivering a homily on his “no jab, no play, no pay” vaccination policy.
In New York, we saw Joe Hockey ringing the bell to close trading on Wall Street. He joked about being more of a dingo than a wolf, as the cameras captured the requisite images of jostling traders.