Making an enemy of a party on which your supporters agree on practically every issue is at best an empty gesture and at worst will make the Greens the anti-establishment party they clearly crave but don’t deserve.

Something unusual is happening. Labor is not getting the boost that usually comes to parties after being endorsed in an election.

Karl Bitar says that Howard’s agenda has little relevance to the electorate today. He should know.

No left turn, either

Tuesday, 14 April 2009   State of the parties   6 comments 

Clearly some markets are more evil than others.


Thursday, 12 February 2009   Tactics  Comments Off on Hardball 

For the first time since 1990, when Labor’s reform program ran its course, the coalition has now lost its precious lead in economic management.

No revival, just decay

Monday, 8 September 2008   State of the parties  Comments Off on No revival, just decay 

Those who think the election results across the country on Saturday showed the inevitable swinging back of the pendulum following the election of the Rudd government, must have been squinting at them with one eye.

The Senate: A Club to beat the Liberals with

Friday, 15 August 2008   Tactics  Comments Off on The Senate: A Club to beat the Liberals with 

For The Age’s Michelle Grattan, the government’s minority in the Senate is a political problem because it is a barrier to the government implementing its program.

What exactly was that program again?

The Greens’ last fling

Tuesday, 9 October 2007   State and federal politics  Comments Off on The Greens’ last fling 

Like most environmental issues for the last twenty years, this is really about the major parties.

A change in the wind for the Greens

Thursday, 30 August 2007   State of the parties  Comments Off on A change in the wind for the Greens 

Minor parties like the Greens never like to face up to it, but their development is often less dependent on their own initiatives than what goes on in the major parties. The Greens have especially been influenced by developments in Labor.

Think globally, dump locally

Tuesday, 24 July 2007   Political figures  Comments Off on Think globally, dump locally 

Taking global warming as an international issue does give Labor more room to dump the Greens on which it has relied politically for almost a quarter of a century.