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.
Maybe Malcolm Turnbull needs to be told, but there were two very important reasons why the government did not sign the Kyoto protocol.
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.
It is not the government’s support that has been falling away this year but the media’s confidence in it’s survival.
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 [...]
The debate looks as though it could be the circuit breaker – for Rudd.
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.
Howard can do little than repeat the tactics of the year that have borne little success.
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.
While Labor doesn’t have a demoralisation problem like the Liberals, it does have a morale problem of sorts.