Politics is a dirty game!

Politics is a dirty game!

Since my teenage years, I have been a passionate student of politics, and at times throughout my life, people have said to me, “you should be a politician!” or “Why don’t you get into politics?”.

And my answer has always been pretty much the same; “I couldn’t be that dishonest!”

Sadly, telling lies is a prerequisite for the job, and although most politicians go into politics to “Make a difference”, they quickly become seduced by the power, as they get overawed by their own importance.

8538450502_e5bca89afc_mThere are, of course, exceptions to every rule, and IMHO one of those was Tony Windsor, a thoroughly decent and credible man, who worked hard for his community and this country.

Another one was Julia Gillard, who worked hard to do the right thing for this country, and I believe will go down in history as one of our great reformist Prime Ministers.   😯         Yes she made mistakes, but who hasn’t?

The truth is though, that she did not get, what we Aussies used to pride ourselves on; “A fair go!”  Instead she was abused, accused and vilified almost daily by shock jocks, the MSM and the Federal opposition led by that epitome of mendacious meanderings, Tony (Facts… What facts?) Abbott.

Now, we’ve all heard the old saying “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!”  and we have seen plenty of examples over recent years.

And we don’t have to go too far afield, or too far back in time, although we could

John Howard: Crimes against humanity (Photo credit: publik1

John Howard: Crimes against humanity (Photo credit: publik1

find recent examples all over the world, Little Johnny Howard is a prime example of a man who lied his way through every election campaign, for the sake of his own ideological agenda, who’s legacy was:

  • The Iraq war.
  • The GST.
  • The record as the most profligate government in Australia’s history.
  • A middle class welfare system, that left pensioners and those that could least afford it without any real increases for years, while those that could afford to live relatively well received Government handouts.
  • Surpluses in the bank, while the country was building up a massive structural deficit.

These are just a snapshot of the things that JWH was responsible for, and much of his dishonesty was based on personal and ideological political gain.

campbell-newman-meme-generator-my-garbage-bin-didn-t-get-emptied-i-forgot-i-fired-them-e194beCampbell Newman is another example of a right wing nut job who’s majority means that he can ride roughshod over the rights of the people and workers because he is not held accountable.   Lies and deceptions are their stock in trade, and Newman has been spurred on by Abbott, who himself has turned lying into an art form.

I have written much on the connection between these two right wing liars, and their philosophies, and am using their similarities to emphasise my point.

Much of their push for power is ego and ambition driven,  although in Newman’s case I think there is an over-representation of “Small mans Syndrome” as well.    Of course this should all be seen in the context of their desire for power which, in the case of people like Abbott, is predicated on a personal belief that it is their right to rule.    (This belief is common among those of the rabid right, or “The Ruling class” as they are commonly known.)

Game of Thrones (soundtrack)

Game of Thrones (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sadly there are people on all sides of politics who play the “Game of Thrones”:

  • Lying
  • Cheating
  • Disrespecting
  • Undermining
  • Whiteanting
  • Back stabbing
  • Political assassinations

And the list goes on.

Rupert Murdoch pimps the news

Rupert Murdoch pimps the news (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

This, sadly, is the nature of politics, but this game is not only played by politicians.

We have seen this in the case of Murdoch, who uses his power and influence to buy politicians for his own personal gain, as we have clearly seen in this last term of parliament, in particular, where he has worked closely with the rabid right to effect change in the ALP leadersip, as he sees Rudd as more malleable prospect than Gillard, whom he set about discrediting with the help of his bought and paid for LNP, and the whiteanting Rudd supporters.

The great irony of this current cycle came to light after Rudd had claimed the leadership of the ALP.

For the last three years, Julia Gillard has tried to play fair, which sadly was reflected in the fact that Abbott and his LNP spin machine was allowed to run riot with their lies and slogans, while PMJG got on with the job of running the country, only occasionally calling Abbott out, like she did with her world renowned “Misogyny” speech.

But as a general rule, she just ignored him and his mob, while they continued to brainwash the public into believing that she was a liar, running an incompetent and dysfunctional government, that was also illegitimate.

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And thanks to a highly complicit MSM, who ran with every lie, misrepresentation, rumour and arguably dodgy opinion poll, they pretty much succeeded.  Of course they were also helped along with a barrage of leaks and whiteanting by Rudd supporters.

The irony previously mentioned came about as a result of Rudd doing what Gillard repeatedly refused to do, and that was to play Abbott’s dirty game.   And the LNP were outraged.

What did he do?

He took Abbott’s “alleged” policy of turning around the boats (Where it’s safe to do so   😆   ), and started an Abbott style fear campaign.   😀

Claiming that their blatant disregard for the Indonesian Ambassador, and for the Indonesian government’s oft repeated statements to the contrary, could cause a diplomatic “conflict”, sent Julie Bishop into an absolute frenzy of righteous  indignation, which bordered on the hysterical.

How dare you do what we do?

How dare you do what we do?

And to be honest, I thought it was hysterical to watch, as she accused Rudd of everything that she, Abbott and the entire LNP had been doing weekly if not daily for the last three years on the “Carbon tax”, the “Dysfunctional Government”, the “Economy”, “illegal”boats, and the list goes on.

Now Rudd can at least claim some credibility on his assertions, based on the fact that he has experience as a professional diplomat, as well as foreign Minister and PM, dealing with other countries governments on many levels.

And the truth is, he had them rattled, cos he was prepared to play the game their way, which PMJG was not.

For months prior to the leadership spill a recurrent theme through many comments on many blogs was that Julia needed to get a bit more “Mongrel” to deal with Abbott, and this from many of her supporters.

I was of the firm belief that she would have won the election regardless, and was so angry when the ALP voted her out.  But it was my wife, a great supporter of Julia, who was the voice of reason for me.

She let me rant for a while, and then calmly stated “It’s just politics!”   😯   And she was right.

The truth is that;

  1. Unlike the rhetoric that the MSM and the LNP would have us believe, we don’t vote for our PM, we vote for our local candidate.
  2. This is true for either party.
  3. All party’s play their own version of internal politics, which in turn play a part in the election of the leader.
  4. When a party win a majority of seats, the leader of that party becomes the PM.
  5. If neither party wins an outright majority, then the leader that can negotiate successfully with the minor party’s and independents, gets to form government and then becomes PM ( As happened in this current term).
  6. Party’s can and do change leaders if they can see political and or electoral advantage in  a change.
  7. Whether we like Rudd or not, if you don’t like the idea of an Abbott led government, the only other real option is Rudd!

I didn’t like it when the “faceless men” of the ALP replaced Rudd with Gillard, and after three years of Julia Gillard as PM, I didn’t like it when she was replaced, essentially by the same “faceless men” that supported her in the first place.

But in the harsh light of reality, and with the sage words from my BH, I was able to see that “It’s just politics!”

And the one thing that I’ve known since I first gained a passion for politics and was reinforced this week, is that…

Politics is a dirty game!

The Dirtiest of them all! Be afraid, be very afraid!

The Dirtiest of them all! Be afraid, be very afraid!

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30 Responses to Politics is a dirty game!

  1. diannaart says:

    Truthie, thank you. We will need your musings right up to the election and beyond – in order to stay on track, trust our own perceptions and not what the MSM would have us believe. And to know that we are not alone in our view of Australian and world politics.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Diannaart, thanks for your comment 😎 and I greatly appreciate your kind words and support 😀

      Sorry it took me a while to reply, but I’ve been busy all day 😦

      Cheers 😀

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  2. cornlegend says:

    Truthy,
    well , that summed it up to perfection.
    I too was under some pressure, in my younger years, to get into the big game of politics.
    Unfortunately, {or fortunately} I just couldn’t toe the party line, without question.
    I ,in fact, have been a member of the same party, 7 times.
    There were just some issues I could not support.
    To be a success in politics, it is inevitable thank you would need to “bend the truth”.
    so as to toe the party line.
    Trouble is, no matter how you view it, we are a 2 party nation.
    All you can do is sum up which party is best for you, your family, your future, and your family and nations future.
    Once you do that, I fail to see how anyone can support the LNP.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Cornlegend, mate thanks for that 😀 I was a little unsure about this post, as I started it a few days ago, and then got sidetracked, and rushed to get it finished late last night to post this morning. 🙄 so I really appreciate your feedback 😀

      And I agree completely, when you weigh it all up honestly, unless you’re totally self absorbed, there is no other real option. 😀

      Cheers 😀

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  3. Roger says:

    And lets not forget the AWB scandal when we look at little Johny’s Legacy. That was another national disgrace. 🙂
    I too was disappointed about the manner of Julia’s removal, but as you point out we don’t vote for the PM. Politics is a dirty game.
    Great post again Truthie

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Roger, thanks for your comment 😎 and kind words 😀 and reminding us of another of the Libs legacies under JWH, another one that was swept under the carpet 😯

      Cheers 😀

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  4. puffytmd says:

    Thanks for this Truthseeker.
    I have made no secret of my feelings on this matter over at Pollbludger so I won’t go on about it here, except to say, as a woman, I am enraged by the treatment of PMJG. My dream result is an ALP win in the election but with Griffith going to an Independent. It will never happen, but the country would be better off, as both top mongrels would be expelled from our sight.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Puffy, thanks for your comment 😀 and yes, I know many feel the same way. 😦

      In my article I outlined some of the legacy of JWH, which was pretty well all bad, whereas Julia’s legacy as PM will go down in history as one of the great reformist agendas, and something for her and us, her supporters, to look back on with pride and honour.

      There is no doubt that she was treated appallingly by many, which shows how immature we still are as a nation, and reflects very badly on those that treated her that way.
      It also emphasises what a strong, intelligent and courageous woman she is, and one of the great sadnesses for me, is what she might have been able to do in a second term?

      The fact is, that our country needs Julia’s legacy, and the only way that we will preserve that is for Labor to win against the great wreckers Abbott and his LNP. 👿

      Cheers 😀

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      • diannaart says:

        “There is no doubt that she was treated appallingly by many, which shows how immature we still are as a nation, and reflects very badly on those that treated her that way.
        It also emphasises what a strong, intelligent and courageous woman she is, and one of the great sadnesses for me, is what she might have been able to do in a second term?”

        We’ll never know.

        There is a perverse part of me, Truthy, which (almost) would like to see a Liberal Federal government, just to watch the reaction when the Libs wreck the joint. Almost, that is, if I was a space alien. However, I am not a visitor from Alpha Centauri, I am Dianna of Australia and will be doing my best to ensure that that Libs do not tear down all of PMJG’s achievements. Achievements of which a certain K Rudd is riding the coattails.

        I understand your feeling about the Greens, however I see them as the natural allies of Labor – if Labor stopped lurching to the right. I will be seeking Independents in my area and voting Greens for the senate. JWH taught me all about the senate.

        Cheers

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        • Truth Seeker says:

          Dianna, thanks for your comment 😀

          Yes, my problem with the greens is that as the ALP have moved to the right, they have moved further to the left, and in the hypocrite stakes, Milne is in the same league as Abbott.

          I agree that they should be the natural allies of Labor, but under Milne and SHY, they seem to have become over awed by their own importance, and turned their backs on everyone.

          I certainly have no issues with “GOOD” independents, but would urge you to direct your second preference to the ALP and put the LNP last as a precaution. 😀

          Cheers 😀

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          • diannaart says:

            No worries, I will be placing Abbott and his cronies last. Conversely, I believe the Greens are more than just Christine Milne. And we have witnessed the importance of Independents in significant part they played in Federal politics. People like Windsor and Oakeshott will be sadly missed – so refreshing to have politicians who spoke their minds.

            I just need to fasten my seat belt.

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            • Truth Seeker says:

              Dianna, yes we all need our seat belts, cos it’s going to be a bumpy ride 😀

              I do agree that a party is more than just its leader, but the leader does give an indication of the way the party’s headed. 😦

              Cheers 😀

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  5. jock says:

    Truthie your right up to a point. First we had Gough then Paul, now Julia. Look around Australia how many benefited from Gough’s free uni education, medicare, land rights. Paul’s superannuation, Redfern speech, finanicial reforms and now Julia’s big list, NBN, NDIS, Gonski. It didn’t take dirty politics to achieve these things, it took people with vision and a sense of caring and justice. One day Australians will wake up and realise what is going on. At the moment the brain dead ratbags of the right are oppressing the people. Even Howard at least pretended to have a conscience. Maybe(?) it takes dirty tricks to get back on track, but the real achievements still stand out for all to see if they would just open their eyes.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Morning Jock, 😀 I know where you’re coming from, but if you think about it, politics throughout all those great reformist terms was still dirty, but the reforms happened in spite of the dirty politics, because of strong and courageous leaders. 😎

      Gough’s for instance was one of the dirtiest times in this country’s political history, as was Julia’s term. 😦

      It will always be a dirty game, but hopefully there will always be leaders with the guts, strength and determination to rise above it for the good of the nation. 😀 But I doubt they will come from the LNP 😯

      Cheers 😀

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  6. patriciawa says:

    I agree with Jock. Politics is often a dirty game, but not always! And not necessarily. Otherwise we wouldn’t be here expressing our opinions so freely. Right now after recent events and losing an honorable and effective Prime Minister your feelings have been aroused and you are expressing an opinion which I feel needs modifying. When your OH says it’s just politics, she is right. I can imagine that if you’d asked her to vet your article here about politics being a dirty game she might have suggested your sleeping on it. I know I would have suggested few qualifiers like “some” or “many” or “often”……eg

    Politics is sometimes a dirty game…….fortunately there are many honorable politicians…….who are often able to achieve great reforms……”

    I am a child of pre-WW2 Britain who in 1947 benefitted from the 1944 Education Act, achieved by the wartime government, a coalition of Conservatives like Winston Churchill and Labour heroes like Clement Attlee, so even your concessionary comment to Jock early this morning is still too strong for me. My view, if I may paraphrase and qualify your argument, would be something like……

    Even throughout great reformist times some politicians still play dirty, however reforms were still achieved because of strong and courageous leaders who knew how to manage the democratic process, to inspire loyal supporters and to persist in the face of setbacks, often for many years and without recognition. Fortunately some times are right for great leaders like Gough Whitlam and Julia Gillard (even Bob Brown!) who lead, inspire and effect change, but they are often brought down by vested interests in big business. Too often those vested interests exploit the democratic process and corrupt participants on both left and right, particularly the latter, though not always and not entirely. Malcolm Fraser comes to mind here.
    In the United States the tradition of great philanthropy counterbalances extreme conservatism and contributes to reform.

    Here in Australia, sadly, the overwhelming influence of Rupert Murdoch and Newscorp currently corrupts our democracy. His control of our media and his manoevering to maintain and extend that through our planned national broadband has influenced politicians of both left and right and has brought down an honest and effective Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Nonetheless, because of her negotiating skills she has achieved an historic program of reform for the benefit of most Australians, but particularly the disadvantaged. The combination of her vision, and capacity to inspire loyalty in the majority of ALP caucus members also needed the support of good thinking independent politicians like Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor. Fortunately they were there at a time when they could make a real difference. Fortunately too there are plenty of other honest and well intentioned people in politics who like them can make their voices heard as Independents or within a large party like ALP or the Liberals, Nationals, even the Greens. Our democratic system has developed on that principle. It has many excellent features, though one feature less easy to accept is that within a democracy it is not always the best candidate who wins, but the most popular ie whoever wins the most votes.
    Bob Hawke understood this well in the eighties when he cultivated the support of Rupert Murdoch with concessions to laws on media ownership which are a curse to this country’s politicians today.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Patricia, thanks for your comment, 😀 But I still say Politics is a dirty game. 😀

      There are a number of reasons why I disagree with your contention;

      1. Politics is a game with no fixed rules. for example Julia Gillard chose to play a fair game looking to do the best she could for the country, by being prepared to compromise to achieve the best possible outcomes.
      Abbott chose to play the game using lies and deception for his own personal gain, seeking to win at any cost. Members of his team like Turnbull chose to compromise their principles (Such as they were) for the sake of winning at any cost.
      Milne chose the path of no compromise, taking a narrow view, for the sake of following an ideological path. etc etc. A game with no fixed rules is a dirty game played according to personal morals or lack thereof, and interpretation!

      2. Politics is a game of power, and as previously quoted “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” and there are glaring examples from local government, to State through to Federal, as well as world wide to prove this point.

      3. I’m not referring to individual players, as there are always good and bad on all sides of the political divide, but the nature of the game itself which is intrinsically dirty.

      4. the game itself promotes and encourages those that are predisposed to corrupt practices to play to win at any cost because the stakes are high, as are the rewards for winning, and the options for the winner.

      5. You don’t have to be a politician to play the game, as evidenced by Murdoch and Rinehart as two examples, who seek to control the game from the sidelines, as do many other vested interests, for their own personal, professional or financial gain.

      As I said in my article, most politicians enter the game with the best of intentions, to make a difference.
      But because there are no rules, personal attributes such as honesty, integrity, decency etc can easily become casualties for the greater good, as personal morals become politically expedient, for the sake of the old adage “The end justifies the means!”.

      This assertion, I believe, is born out by the fact that men who profess a faith in Catholicism like John Howard, Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd, can openly go against the teachings of their own faith by lying, cheating, back stabbing, conspiring to bring down friends, associates, governments etc all in the name of politics, while still declaring their faith.

      It is the game itself that not only allows these Amoral attitudes, but actively promotes them.

      Because some choose to play a clean game doesn’t change the inherent, dirty, nature of the game.

      I contend that politics is a dirty game, because it allows that anything goes, and is fair game, as long as you can get away with it by hook or by crook… and many do. 😯

      The last six years have many perfect examples of the dirty game of politics!

      So I stand by my original assertion. 😀

      Cheers 😀

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    • driftwood12 says:

      Fraser was a cunning self preserving rat most suited to the early 1900’s, like most of them. Relying on US philanthropy is a trick and is in no way a replacement for a welfare system, commonsense ,town planning, humanity or environment. The US shows no signs of shining from philanthropy whatsoever other than rhetoric and scam and the legal and health market are no replacement or shine any brighter than a monarchy. The US has over 300 million to tend and we have 25.
      Churchill and other right wing and early neos, thought that profit gain by area growth largely belonged to the community and the mechanics works in proper proportion.
      Politics and the faces of it are nothing to the real game. A facade.
      Few countries are far past the gangster tunnels under US cities as far as public sway and politics goes.And that class is rotten through our systems to this minute.

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  7. jock says:

    Truthie: the eternal battle of good against evil continues. I agree with politics being a dirty business but. Think of the great images of the recent history. Gough pouring soil into the hands of its real owner. Keating giving the Redfern speech. Rudd saying sorry. emotional Gillard announcing the NDIS passing parliament. howard lecturing an indiginous audience. howard deciding who will come to Australia. gutless howard in a flack jacket.On Balance so far the good side is winning. I can’t even remember any great liberal moments, and can’t imagine rabbott having a vision of anything other than him and marj sitting in front of the fire in the lodge.

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Morning Jock, 😀 yes you are right, I also can’t think of any memorable moments in our history that were brought about as a result of a good reformist right wing government. 😯 the only things that come to mind are memorable for all the wrong reasons; Tampa, children overboard, the Iraq war etc etc.

      Great reforms and good political decisions are not a reflection of the game, but rather the way some choose to play it 😀

      Cheers 😀

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  8. kate ahearne says:

    Thanks for this, Truthie. I agree with you. it’s a dirty game, and unless you’re prepared to play dirty yourself, your arsenal is pretty thin.

    Julia will become an Australian hero – along with other ‘failures’, like the heroes of Gallipoli. It’s happening already.
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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Hi Kate, it’s good to see you back 😀 and thanks for your comment 😎

      Yes, history will be much kinder to Julia than the MSM hype would indicate, and not kind at all for Abbott. 😀

      Rudd’s will be determined to some degree, by how well he does at the election 😉

      I enjoyed your latest post, and hope to leave a comment later, when time permits 😀

      Cheers 😀

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  9. orangefox says:

    Well summed up Truth Seeker.
    As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them.
    Howard was also indirectly responsible for the huge property price increases and todays housing unaffordablity.

    It seems Rudd has a plan to soften the attacts from The Australian by employing the ex News Limited political journalist, Matthew Franklin as a media adviser.
    Fair enough.
    He seems to be well regarded;
    http://m.theaustralian.com.au/media/tributes-flow-as-fair-and-balanced-political-reporter-exits-gallery/story-e6frg996-1226452122096

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    • Truth Seeker says:

      Orangefox, thanks for your comment 😎 and kind words 😀

      Yes, Rudd seems to playing them at their own game, 😀 and I don’t think they like it very much 😆

      I’m just hanging out for the debates, cos I just love watching Abbott make a fool of himself 😀

      We live in interesting times 😯

      I am about to post my latest poem “Said the Abbott to the Bishop, take 2” , should be up shortly 😀

      Cheers 😀

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    • driftwood12 says:

      Howard and Rudd are nothing Orangefox. An ilk in Australia was responsible for housing etc. If anything was large in it it was Murdocracy. Still now the matter is not sorted and millions of lives lost because of an ilks greed. It’s about the wolves deciding with the lambs what to have for lunch. Imbalance. Playing Howard or Rudd is distraction. Chasing shadows. And Howard shines in many areas that Rudd is right wing.But both are nothing.
      A lot of good things in globalisation but a lot of evil that should be addressed.
      Aside this country getting screwed over by outside, it already holds the ill and capability to do itself. Howard and Rudd are nothing but fluffy public faces on gangsterism. And that is the force of power that screwed housing and that indulged and ran the drug economy the nation fell too. We must have our permanent poor and to spit on to feel superior.

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  10. Florence nee Fedup says:

    A dirtier game than ever.

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  11. suneri says:

    politics is clean. we practice it every where even in d church.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    thanks got what I needed for a perfect debate

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