Howard rides the vacuum – an update

Tuesday, 11 September 2007 

What is happening today is in many ways just a continuation of what we have seen all year.

The government is heading to defeat because it has a profound policy vacuum. The party, however, is refusing to recognise it. For most of the year it has meant the Liberals have refused to believe the polls. Now that the polls are becoming harder to deny, they are beginning to tear up Howard’s legacy, first by questioning his leadership.

However, because of that vacuum, Howard can stare them down. He knows that there is no alternative, shown by the fact they have no-one to offer but a less popular Treasurer, with no policy alternative and incapable of launching a challenge of his own.

Posted by The Piping Shrike on Tuesday, 11 September 2007.

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