At no time has the party ever had its leadership calculations so openly determined by their complete loss of confidence in their ability to recover government in the foreseeable future.

Now when Turnbull, the only one in the Liberal Party who seems to have actually wanted to lead it over the last few years, is gone, the vacuum is likely to come back with a vengeance.

Flashpoint – an update

Thursday, 25 June 2009   Tactics   2 comments 

What we have seen in the last week is how destructive to both parties the current climate can be on the most minor of issues and from practices that would have been quite acceptable in the past.

It’s the politics, stupid

Wednesday, 24 June 2009   Political figures   4 comments 

Turnbull, someone who has made a career out of his ability to nurture powerful contacts, decided to make such an issue about the contacts of someone who has made a career out of not having any.

So if the downturn is unprecedented, why has then Treasury chosen this time to change its methodology to more allow for the experience of past economic recoveries than ever before?

The ‘chasm’ between these two political supremos neatly summed up by the ease with which Pyne has flitted between both.

Talking down

Saturday, 28 February 2009   Tactics   3 comments 

Capping executive pay may make the sacking of workers more tasteful, but of course will do absolutely nothing to stop it.

Empty barrel, most noise

Tuesday, 17 February 2009   Tactics   1 comment 

This inability of the Liberals to hold an unpopular position is conveniently being forgotten by the right-wing press who like to dream about imaginary lines in the sand.

Another honeymoon ends

Thursday, 29 May 2008   Tactics  Comments Off on Another honeymoon ends 

Anyone comparing Ferguson’s apologetic self-flagellation with Turnbull’s egotistical manoeuvrings at the press club will see which is a result of a bureaucracy yet to be disciplined (and a party that already appears to be) and which is a sign of political decay.

Mandarin gets dragged back to the swamp

Friday, 2 November 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on Mandarin gets dragged back to the swamp 

Gaffes only have an impact if they expose a reality that everyone knows is there. Garrett’s comment that everything will change once Labor gets in is unlikely to make the electorate think Labor has a secret agenda. There are those who think Rudd’s me-tooism is a tactic rather than the political reality both parties are […]

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