A bad political game.

Most people who follow Australian Rules Football would be familiar with the technique of “niggling”.

I’m sure this takes place in other sports as well, but for those not familiar, I’ll paint a brief picture.

To niggle your direct opponent, you must continual annoy him/her (within the rules of the game) by nudging, pushing, bumping and verballing, etc.

This is done relentlessly so that the opponent’s focus is distracted from the game and they can’t concentrate full time. They make mistakes, don’t perform all their allocated tasks and are just off their game.

If it is done to perfection, the opponent will be fully focused on these distractions and not contribute effectively in any way to the teams efforts.

Niggling can also come from a 3rd party and is not restricted to sporting arenas. It happens in varying degrees, intentionally or otherwise, in parts of the corporate world, industry, AND in the political arena.

The Gillard led Labor government was the recipient of some extremely efficient niggling from various directions. It effectively put them off their game on many occasions. They made tactical errors, bad decisions and allowed themselves to be painted in a bad light.

Worst of all, they neglected to give maximum publicity to their many achievements.

With sports, effective niggling can cause the other side to lose; and with politics, effective niggling can disrupt a government.

And in that case, the country may lose, the nigglers will win, and we are left wondering . . . . .

. . . .  are the nigglers any better than the niggled ?

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Mick has enjoyed creating cartoons and humorous illustrations since 1996, and his creations have appeared in newspapers, magazines, various manuals and the Internet. Please have a look around Mick’s samples in the 4 sections here and email him for a quote at cartoons@iinet.net.au

Posted on July 1, 2013, in Cartoon, illustration, humour, humor, caricature, political, art, Australia, Perth, cartoonist, Illustrator and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Niggling appears to distract us from fairness and truth. What a great word, though.

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