When Keating lost in 1996, he had an agenda on national identity and reconciliation that had no relation to the trends in international politics at the time. Against that, Howard could present himself as having a pragmatic and sensible (i.e. non-existent) response to both. Howard is now trying the same response to global warming, an issue that is becoming the basis and orthodoxy of international politics. He hasn’t a chance. Being pragmatic is being out of touch.

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Friday, 1 June 2007.

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