Managing the political deficit

Thursday, 27 November 2008   Tactics  Comments Off 

To call such spending an economic strategy or even ‘Keynesianism’ is a joke.

Why they both now say it was Workchoices wot won it

Wednesday, 26 November 2008   Tactics  Comments Off 

Since the election the Liberals have been wrestling with the classic dilemma of a party that has lost its reason for existence. Hold on to that reason and you make yourself look irrelevant, drop it and make everyone wonder what you are for.

Rats still blind one year on

Monday, 24 November 2008   Media analysis  Comments Off 

There was only one political crisis in Howard’s first term – and that was a government that had come to power without a clue what to do.

Why Bush will forgive Rudd

Monday, 17 November 2008   International relations  Comments Off 

In a summit of twenty global leaders there are surely a few who are willing to use an international forum to moralise in a way that a Republican US President still cannot. And mishaps aside, Australia’s diplomatic service must be pleased that we have one here.

Sunshine politics

Thursday, 13 November 2008   Tactics  Comments Off 

Janet Albrechtsen is so perplexed by Obama’s win she gives it the usual name sophisticated thinkers give to something they don’t understand, a paradox.


Thursday, 6 November 2008   International relations  Comments Off 

Americans have just elected a President who eighteen months ago the Australian Prime Minster said was the preferred choice of Al Qaeda.