What job is Howard running for?

Thursday, 2 August 2007 

OK, so we know that the federal government can’t detain a terrorist suspect for the UK government without it descending into farce, can it run a hospital?

There is a bizarre topsy-turvy view of national politics from those in the press who think that Howard can simply walk away from making a mess on matters of high international security and then stroll into Devonport and turn the campaign around by saving a hospital.

This is not a crucial new turn in Howard’s re-election strategy but an attempt like all his recent attacks on the states, to make the best of a national mess. Nurses might naturally be cheering from the balconies at their hospital being saved, but how is that going to turn into votes for a national election? There is no political point of issue between Howard and the states and this is certainly not a new federalism. Howard is getting involved in state affairs because every national initiative he has launched this year has gone nowhere. A new federalism implies the states’ powers being centralised to Canberra, whereas as we see with the Haneef bungling, power in the centre is actually ebbing away.

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Thursday, 2 August 2007.

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