Ad Watch – Confused?

Sunday, 16 September 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on Ad Watch – Confused? 

This ad shows how much the Liberals’ real situation has come to the surface since Labor’s lousy ‘scratch cards’ Howard/Costello ads of the last election. Then the international situation still gave the government the appearance of a programme and it was Labor that had to fill the void with Latham’s free-wheeling policy-on-the-run. That meant that […]

Poor Costello, used again

Friday, 14 September 2007   Political figures  Comments Off on Poor Costello, used again 

By now promoting Costello as his successor, Howard hopes it will quieten discontent in the Liberal party long enough to get him to the election. The Treasurer’s complete inability to launch his own political challenge makes him ideal for the purpose.

A staged implosion

Thursday, 13 September 2007   Political figures  Comments Off on A staged implosion 

The PM’s announcement last night that he will retire after the next election shows that the second campaign has now eclipsed the one to win the coming election.

Electorally, it is a terrible move.

Silence says nothing

Wednesday, 12 September 2007   Political figures  Comments Off on Silence says nothing 

It was thought highly significant that Costello would not rule out becoming leader if he was offered it. But if being prepared to accept the Prime Ministership handed on a plate makes someone a challenger, then surely all but the most timid member of the parliamentary Liberal Party would qualify.

Howard rides the vacuum – an update

Tuesday, 11 September 2007   Political figures  Comments Off on Howard rides the vacuum – an update 

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

Another hospital administrator quits

Tuesday, 11 September 2007   State and federal politics  Comments Off on Another hospital administrator quits 

State politicians aren’t what they used to be. It is probably that state government isn’t what it used to be.

Howard is not the problem

Monday, 10 September 2007   Key posts, Political figures  Comments Off on Howard is not the problem 

Janet Albrechtsen’s column last week calling for Howard to step down was apparently one of the hardest she will write, which is understandable as it certainly was one of her most incoherent.

Stunt master

Friday, 7 September 2007   International relations  Comments Off on Stunt master 

The changing politics of the War on Terror and Iraq has created some awkwardness at the APEC conference because it is hosted by a leader who cannot adapt to it.

A new ‘Man of Steel’

Thursday, 6 September 2007   International relations  Comments Off on A new ‘Man of Steel’ 

If Rudd’s principled ‘withdrawal’ from Iraq is a bit of a fraud, it is no less so than Howard’s ‘commitment’.


Wednesday, 5 September 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on IR, RIP 

Having finally to accept the obvious, the media now has to think of a reason.

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