For all his faux blokeishness and Western Sydney credentials, Latham had no more ability to relate to the electorate than any insider Labor hack.
The over-turning of the orthodoxies of the Howard period during 2008-2009 has been forgotten as much as the reason for the popularity for the man who brought them about.
Calls to support Wikileaks and uphold the public’s need to get access to information is a moot point, because there is little sign of anything that would know what to do with it.
Hartcher is doing the same thing that Antony Green did in his piece in The Drum undermining current polling – belittling the significance of the 2007 election
The campaign has become focused on exactly the issue that media commentators have said it needed to for the coalition to win, the economy, and it is a mess.
Has the Mandarin lost control of his own campaign?
It is not the government’s support that has been falling away this year but the media’s confidence in it’s survival.
The Liberals are less campaigning for government than their political survival.
Media interest over when the PM will call the election seems to assume that something will change when he does.
Not as much has changed from 2004 as perhaps Labor likes to think.