Unity is death

Monday, 27 July 2015   State of the parties   4 comments 

The cave-in by the left was not because the left position’s in terms of numbers was weak, but because the leader was weak and the left leadership had to go all out to ensure that he wasn’t embarrassed.

Implosion

Tuesday, 10 February 2015   State of the parties, Tactics   19 comments 

Turnbull’s waiting until he is drafted really comes from him having no other choice.

The Queensland disaster is unsettling because it brings the Liberals closer to a leadership challenge in Canberra they don’t want to have.

Decay

Friday, 30 January 2015   State of the parties   9 comments 

Conviction politicians hard to find anywhere. Australia’s Tony Abbott a rare exception. Opponent Rudd all over the place convincing nobody. R Murdoch scribbling on a wall, 19 August 2013 Abbott again. Tough to write, but if he won’t replace top aide Peta Credlin she must do her patriotic duty and resign. More Tagged R Murdoch […]

Positioning

Thursday, 11 December 2014   State of the parties, Tactics   12 comments 

It’s all looking so eerily familiar.

Chaos

Monday, 11 August 2014   State of the parties, The Australian state   13 comments 

We are talking not about a threat from overseas, than Australians going overseas to spread their chaos in other countries.

This suggests the central confusion of anti-politics, while posing to be against politics, they are actually politics in its purest form.

Now having reached the ultimate ritual of the Budget, and economic management, through which the last thirty years political unravelling has been understood, the depth of the government’s problems are finally becoming apparent to all.

The ties that bind

Tuesday, 22 April 2014   State of the parties   14 comments 

This is moving towards something new: cutting any overt links to social groups and special interests and formalising the detachment of the political system from voters that is already there.

Politics of the void

Monday, 20 January 2014   State of the parties   21 comments 

There is a tendency to see the Abbott government as an aberration much as there was to see the Rudd-Gillard period as an aberration. It is not. This is it.

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