For all his faux blokeishness and Western Sydney credentials, Latham had no more ability to relate to the electorate than any insider Labor hack.
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.
The press are hardly blameless, but is the standard of reporting really deteriorating faster than the politics it’s covering?
Latham and Rudd may have not needed to consult their party, Abbott didn’t dare consult his.
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.
It is not the government’s support that has been falling away this year but the media’s confidence in it’s survival.
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.
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.
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.
The NT intervention has altered the dynamic of this campaign.