This is moving towards something new: cutting any overt links to social groups and special interests and formalising the detachment of the political system from voters that is already there.
What is more important is that Gillard and Labor, detached as they (like the Coalition) are, can be seen to relate to someone in society.
It is now becoming clear what caused the collapse of the NSW Labor government. There was no one running it.
The lack of options is why they are less wanting to talk about reconnecting with the electorate than preferring to retreat up their own safe seats.
It will be a confusing year as the media mixes up the decay of the old for its revival, as it waits for the old comfortable parameters of the past to return.
It was the political assault on the old power bases of the party that was the underlying theme of federal Labor in 2008.
By proposing a deal with Labor in the first place Grylls and Carpenter have already changed the old bi-polar landscape.
Iemma’s fall and the rise of an unknown from the left mark the collapse of the national party’s most important faction over the last three decades, the NSW Right.
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 State and federal politics Comments Off
What seems to be one enduring legacy of the Howard era has been the decline in political commentary in this country.
Analysis of Iemma’s position suffers too much from seeing him as a victim of fate, rather than also, partly, a maker of it.