Thursday, 25 September 2008 State and federal politics Comments Off
Labor can push emission cuts out to well beyond the political life of anyone in the government. Unfortunately the Murray crisis creates expectations over what it can do and highlights its impotence now.
Wednesday, 24 September 2008 Political figures Comments Off
The media’s narrative of a Turnbull-led revival is starting to look like the myth it always was.
The last two days have been a reminder why psephological sites are a popular alternative to the mainstream press in this country. Once again political journalists have shown that they never let polling numbers get in the way of a good narrative
Turnbull’s problem is that he has won the leadership before having given the Liberals any sign of somewhere new to go.
Political constraints mean that Turnbull can’t really represent anything more than himself.
Nelson has been like a cheap hammer broken in the process of battering Turnbull down and the Costello play was pretty well at an end. Today’s spill was less about catching Turnbull early but Nelson having his last and best chance to use the Howard legacy to keep Turnbull at bay.
That last attempt has now failed and draws a period to a close.
There is a basic misconception journalists have about political parties, especially those on the right, that they are about nothing more than winning office.
Monday, 15 September 2008 State and federal politics Comments Off
The Nationals’ problem is not some demographic phenomenon of sun-seekers retiring on the NSW coast but a political one. They are the most obvious victims of an unravelling of the old two party system that is affecting all of the parties.
It is with a heavy heart that this blog must now admit that its campaign, in conjunction with The Australian newspaper, to draft Costello to the Liberal leadership has now failed.
By proposing a deal with Labor in the first place Grylls and Carpenter have already changed the old bi-polar landscape.