Politics is becoming more cyclical, but only because the nature of politics is changing from what it was in the 20th century.
If the EU-appointed technocrat governments have no legitimacy, neither do the Parliaments that voted them in.
This is a struggle over the dead soul of the Labor party.
Whatever madmen do, no matter how horrific, has no political meaning. End of story.
Australian politics in 2011 centres around one question: can Gillard shrug off the backers that put her into power?
Here is someone working for the ABC, from a Labor background as press secretary for Bob Hawke, who has written about the rise and fall of a Labor Prime Minister with all the distortions and omissions worthy of the most disingenuous right wing hack.
Karl Bitar says that Howard’s agenda has little relevance to the electorate today. He should know.
Standing for nothing is bad enough, but if you are so unstable that you can’t even keep to your head of government under the slightest pressure, then that is something else.
Sooner or later this bankruptcy must work its way through again.
Rudd wants a fight with the political class, not the miners.