Latham is articulating a search for a new relationship of politics to society, based not on its representation, but on intervention on a degraded basis. You have been warned.

We’re all journalists now

Monday, 20 December 2010   Media analysis   11 comments 

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.

Rats get caught in the same mess

Tuesday, 14 September 2010   Media analysis   41 comments 

The press are hardly blameless, but is the standard of reporting really deteriorating faster than the politics it’s covering?

Trying to do a Latham

Wednesday, 10 March 2010   Tactics   12 comments 

Latham and Rudd may have not needed to consult their party, Abbott didn’t dare consult his.

Nelson’s lesson for Turnbull

Thursday, 27 August 2009   Political figures   7 comments 

Nelson’s problem was not so much Rudd, but that his party would not let him follow the route Rudd has taken to adapt to current conditions.

Rate rise re-writing

Friday, 26 October 2007   Media analysis  Comments Off on Rate rise re-writing 

It is not the government’s support that has been falling away this year but the media’s confidence in it’s survival.

Labor’s being personal, the Libs can’t

Monday, 24 September 2007   Political figures  Comments Off on Labor’s being personal, the Libs can’t 

Maybe memory fails but it is hard to recall seeing childhood pics of Howard, Keating or Fraser in the run up to their election. Even Hawke, arguably the most self-absorbed PM, couldn’t top the personal backgrounding we have had on Rudd.

Let’s all forget about 2004

Thursday, 23 August 2007   State of the parties  Comments Off on Let’s all forget about 2004 

Although Rudd is now re-making the ALP to make what will turn out to be a very different Labor government than what has gone before, so far the Labor party going to this election under Rudd is not really that different than the one that followed Latham. But the immediate news of this election will be to see exposed federally what has already happened in the states, the crisis of the Liberal party.

Hip-pocket blindness

Thursday, 9 August 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on Hip-pocket blindness 

While the political class grapples with some of the most fundamental issues of how it exercises power, the media still seems to think this election is about little more than the monthly credit card statement.

Politics is not just polls

Wednesday, 11 July 2007   Tactics  Comments Off on Politics is not just polls 

The NT intervention has altered the dynamic of this campaign.

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