Back to the 1980s! Not. When the British Prime Minister called an election seven weeks ago, it wasn’t just the pundits who thought she’d romp home in a landslide, so did the public. Theresa May was facing one of the most unpopular opposition leaders in modern political history leading a party scraping historic lows in […]

This is not reassuring.

It has been useful looking at Australian politics over the last decade because it gives some details on a period in global politics that is now coming to an end.

A mini Menzies ice age

Tuesday, 27 December 2016   International relations   1 comment 

Howard’s attempt to rehabilitate Menzies this year on telly may have been unconvincing, but its timing wasn’t too bad, since right now Australia is going through a late Menzies period – politically paralysed in the face of international change.


Friday, 18 November 2016   International relations, Other   4 comments 

That other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy […]

At the centre of it was a democratic vote that is now likely to systematically and carefully annulled. It is hard to see who has an interest in preventing it.

Conservatives will be grateful to Cameron to allow them to forget the whole ghastly business.

The pitch. Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say China in a trade deal? I beat China all the time. All the time. Republican and US Presidential front-runner Donald Trump […]

What was supposed to be significant in a democracy was not the hundreds or thousands in a political party but the millions in society they represented.

This has the making of being a regional diplomatic disaster.

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