Recent speeches by Howard and Rudd to church groups appear to have got some excited.

But what those who get worried about this sort of thing miss is that the type of policies espoused by such fringe groups as Family First would have been mainstream party platforms twenty years ago. If anything, the increasing shrillness of these parties is a sign of the marginalisation of what they stand for.

If anyone gets moral about anything these days, it is on politicians wasting money as well as indulging in what used to pass for normal politics. This is probably the best guide for gauging the reaction to Rudd’s visit four years ago to Scores. The impact will be depend on whether the public will get more upset about Rudd using taxpayers’ money for a jolly, or Downer operating a smear unit. Whatever the reaction is, it probably won’t be much.

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Monday, 20 August 2007.

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