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.

Action

Monday, 30 September 2013   Tactics, The Australian state   12 comments 

The problem Abbott faces is that there are real barriers to implementing his program but behind him is a party of which some sections are determined to make sure he does.

Rudd’s problem was that he did not clarify why he was distinct from the party that had dumped him and the institutions that had blocked his return, which would have given the “New Way” slogan any meaning.

AdWatch: Labor’s negative ads

Sunday, 25 August 2013   Tactics   4 comments 

The debate showed how much Rudd, rather than maintain the aura of incumbency he so well established when he returned, has needed to take up the negativity himself. Shouldn’t the ads be doing that?

Momentum

Monday, 19 August 2013   State of the parties, Tactics   12 comments 

In failing to make its anti-political attack on the Coalition, Labor is seeing it rebound and they being the “political” operators.

Could it be that the RBA had more influence over election timing than Sussex St?

Running on empty

Monday, 5 August 2013   Tactics   11 comments 

The common theme running through the message is a new way economic policy is being viewed, namely that government is not responsible for the state of the economy, rather just for protecting the electorate from the worst of it.

“We will decide” was a phoney bit of Australian unilateralism made possible at a time of that phoney bit of US unilateralism, the War on Terror.

Foreigners

Saturday, 20 July 2013   International relations, Tactics   27 comments 

The Great Destabiliser has moved up a notch.

Unleashed

Tuesday, 9 July 2013   State of the parties, Tactics   34 comments 

Rudd appears to have learnt lessons in exile, but the main one doesn’t look to be to consult more with his colleagues.

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