Bad old habits return

Monday, 7 May 2007 

In this election year, March was a critical month because it was when the media started to realise that Howard’s failure to improve electoral support after pressing the Iraq and character buttons meant that we were in a different electoral cycle from 2001-2004.

That didn’t last long. Once again the reaction to last week’s backdown on Workchoices has not been discussed in its own terms but by assuming that it will work like other backdowns in 2001 and 2004.

Why should it? The reversals on excise on petrol in 2001 and MPs super in 2004, cleared the decks to allow Howard to concentrate on his core issues; immigration/national security in 2001 and US alliance/economy in 2004. For both, the favourable international situation was critical. Now that he has neutered IR, what has this left him to concentrate on now?

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Monday, 7 May 2007.

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