For all his faux blokeishness and Western Sydney credentials, Latham had no more ability to relate to the electorate than any insider Labor hack.
What is more important is that Gillard and Labor, detached as they (like the Coalition) are, can be seen to relate to someone in society.
It is the loss of that social base that Labor is struggling to adapt to, not some problem of ideology.
Politics is becoming more cyclical, but only because the nature of politics is changing from what it was in the 20th century.
Some journalists might at least make at least some effort to keep the hypocrisy under check.
How do you change racial provisions in the Constitution when the entire infrastructure of land rights is based on it?
This Parliament has an in-built disconnect with the electorate that is no more likely to be resolved at the next election as it was at the last.
This upside-down thinking of social reality is symptomatic of a political party in decline.
What caught this blogger out was that the Labor factions still had some life in them. But now that they are back in charge, it is reassuring to see that they do not after all.
How did this man become electable?