Positioning

Thursday, 11 December 2014   State of the parties, Tactics   7 comments 

It’s all looking so eerily familiar. An unpopular leader of an unpopular government. Partisan supporters whining that they have all the right policies but struggling with the “message” – as though for today’s politicians “message” isn’t pretty well all they do. The despair of conservative commentators isn’t just from the lousy polls, for this government […]

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.

2013 could be summed up as the year when neither Labor under Rudd, nor the Coalition under Abbott proved capable of filling the gap left by the exhaustion of Labor’s historical project under Gillard.

Disillusionment

Tuesday, 24 December 2013   State of the parties, Tactics   25 comments 

If the left’s last hope is disruption from the Liberal right, so Abbott is helped by the phoney polarities of the left. The pas de deux continues.

The left have been portraying Indonesia as the victim and Australia as the bully but the reality is more the reverse.

Into a vacuum could step somebody that has never made a point of standing for anything (or behind anyone) in particular. From that angle, Labor might have just found its best candidate.

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