Now having reached the ultimate ritual of the Budget, and economic management, through which the last thirty years political unravelling has been understood, the depth of the government’s problems are finally becoming apparent to all.
It is now becoming clear what caused the collapse of the NSW Labor government. There was no one running it.
Megalogenis may lament the passing of reform, and the privileged role the media had in it, even if he cannot quite put his finger on what it was.
So who won the ideological war exactly?
Gillard’s ‘inclusiveness’ comes from owing her backers a favour for their support.
We are not looking at the return of Whitlam, nor even as Rudd asserts, social democracy.
Greer seems to be demanding that a zany film director and a screen actress do what she can’t – make a coherent political point.
Howard’s problem was that not only had the union movement clearly had its day but we also had here a Labor Prime Minister to tell everyone the fact.
If there is anywhere where the Keating agenda is more alive it is in those blue ribbon Liberal seats that backed the republic in 1999 and stood so solidly behind the party last November.
Those who spent most of the year denying that a change of government was coming are now starting to deny one has happened.