Howard’s trip to Iraq and Afghanistan only served to highlight how none of the old buttons are working in the same way.

This blog’s guess is that the trip had minimal political impact and will probably be seen as a pre-election stunt. This cynicism even seems to be extending to Howard’s emergency landing in Iraq (see Crikey).

Howard is now apparently going to try and revive the Iraq issue with a speech and show that he is not for turning. This is supposed to show his fortitude, strength of character etc. Again he is not getting the point on the character issue – it means nothing separated from policy. People only admired his stance on Iraq, even if despite doubts, they suspected it was the right course to follow to keep in with the US. Now that that no longer seems the case after the UK’s announcement last month, he just looks out of touch and a bit ridiculous.

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Monday, 19 March 2007.

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