Leadership watch – Howard back on The 7.30 Report

Tuesday, 30 October 2007   Political figures  Comments Off 

Just how far the campaign has slipped from the government’s control was indicated by the current election topics that Kerry O’Brien raised; climate change, cabinet solidarity and broken election promises on interest rates – none of which the government wants to talk about.

Gently falling apart – an update

Monday, 29 October 2007   International relations  Comments Off 

Maybe Malcolm Turnbull needs to be told, but there were two very important reasons why the government did not sign the Kyoto protocol.

The last gasp of old men

Saturday, 27 October 2007   Key posts, Political figures  Comments Off 

One of the many fascinating features of this election is to see the return of the former PM’s Whitlam, Fraser, Hawke and Keating to kick Howard as he goes down. Especially amusing was to read Whitlam and Fraser launch an attack on Howard’s undermining of Westminster tradition of ministerial accountability. Give us a break.

Rate rise re-writing

Friday, 26 October 2007   Media analysis  Comments Off 

It is not the government’s support that has been falling away this year but the media’s confidence in it’s survival.

Credit by association

Wednesday, 24 October 2007   Tactics  Comments Off 

Without underestimating the Treasurer’s ability to stuff it up, Labor probably has more to lose at next Tuesday’s debate between Costello and Swan. No matter how many mistakes the Treasurer makes, he will at least be more associated with the strong economy than Swan.But this is all the economic debate is really about. Those who […]

Now what?

Monday, 22 October 2007   State of the parties  Comments Off 

The debate looks as though it could be the circuit breaker – for Rudd.

What might have been

Monday, 22 October 2007   Political figures  Comments Off 

Rudd’s performance in the debate tonight was solid, but there was little sign of the anti-politics panache seen occasionally from him this year, showing that he has yet to break out of the constraints of the campaign ritual. Probably more interesting was the performance of Howard.

A chance to break the rules

Saturday, 20 October 2007   Tactics  Comments Off 

Howard can do little than repeat the tactics of the year that have borne little success.

Movement is not momentum

Friday, 19 October 2007   Tactics   Leave a comment 

Howard’s insistence on an early debate this Sunday is for one reason only, for the morale of the core supporters and media who are likely to be the main ones taking notice of it.

Labor has its fake campaign too

Wednesday, 17 October 2007   Key posts, Tactics  Comments Off 

While Labor doesn’t have a demoralisation problem like the Liberals, it does have a morale problem of sorts.

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