Politics for Babies: Australian Republic

Mumma: “oh bubba they are talking again about a vote for Australia to become a republic! It has been about 20 years since the last one. What’s a republic? Well it’s pretty much what we have now, but without the Queen. And probably a President instead of Prime minister. Oh, but you like the Queen? That’s ok Bubba, so does everyone else. Don’t worry, they’re going to wait until she passes the crown to Prince Charles, and then the republic vote will pass just fine.”

Politics for Babies: G20

Mumma: “G20! They’re having a big meeting in Hamburg, bubba. No, Hamburg is a place, we’re not having them for lunch. Meetings are when groups of people gather together in a room and sit around talking about things. It’s a bit like a family Christmas really. There are crazy Uncles like Trump, who are all ready to rub shoulders with the big guns, but nobody’s sure if him and Uncle Putin are going to crack open some beers together or end up in a punch-up out the back. They’re probably supposed to be talking about serious things like finance but really they just want to get together to have a good gossip about the latest outrageous thing estranged cousin Kim Jong-un has been up to. What’s that bubba? You want a hamburger? That probably was the most important thing, yes.”

Politics for babies: Twitter

Mumma: “Oh, that’s an interesting tweet from Trump. I wonder if it means what it sounds like it means. What do you think bubba? Tweet tweet? No, not like the bird in your book, tweet as in Twitter. Twitter. The social media site. What’s social media? Oh dear how do I explain this… well Twitter is a place on the computer where people write short messages that lots of other people can read and reply to. And they’re called tweets. No, I don’t know why they’re called tweets. Probably something to do with lots of incomprehensible noise all at once?”

Politics for babies: Brexit

Mumma: So much talk about Brexit. That’s a funny word isn’t it? Brexit! Brexit! It’s a bit like weet-bix, but not as delicious. You can’t eat Brexit. It’s actually more of a slang word. Slang for British Exit. Do you know what slang is? Well slang is when people make up words that aren’t really words. Yes, slang is pretty much all you do right now. Anyway as I was saying, Brexit is about leaving the EU. Britain’s not really in Europe anyway, let’s be honest. What’s that? Yawn? Baby thinks this is boring? Time for a bexit from this conversation.