Not even K-Tel could package up the Labor Party this week
The coming week is going
to be a stinker for the ALP, the first week back in Canberra since the
election loss – and don’t the charts reflect it.
If someone had issued a compilation of Lawrence Welk polka favourites –
played on the piano accordion, natch – it would have done better in
this week’s Canberra Top 40.
The PM is in his usual number one place – the true Australian
Idol. Other members of his frontbench – Brendan Nelson, Peter
Costello, Alexander Downer and John Anderson – make up the rest of the
Labor doesn’t get a look in until Mark Latham appears at Number Six – and he’s the only person on the Labor label in the Top 10.
Talking about Australian Idol, look who’s climbed to Number 14 this
week. The Paradise Assemblies of God in South Australia produced
both Guy Sebastian and the Family First Party – and Family First’s
Steve Fielding has jumped six places in the charts, even though he
won’t formally be a Senator for seven and a half months.
We all know Chuck Berry’s lyric “I’m gonna write a little letter/Gonna
mail it to my local DJ”. Well, Rehame, the compilers of the
Canberra Top 40, keep track of the issues talkback callers raise with
The only really tricky thing they wanted to talk about concerning the
Prime Minister was how his views on abortion would affect the debate
that’s currently going on. Clearly the punters are beginning to
detect dog-whistles and waking up to the “I didn’t raise this issue,
but…” modus operandi the PM has deployed in every ugly debate since
Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech.
With Latham, though, it’s a different matter. “Callers discussed
what they liked and disliked about Mark Latham’s general personality,”
Rehame said. “Callers wondered if the defeat of the Federal ALP
at the election would prompt them to look for a new leader.”
They also wanted to talk about the “troops home by Christmas” pledge – if that still holds.
Everyone knows that that line on Iraq was a slip of the tongue – but
one that the Labor leader felt he couldn’t withdraw without admitting
he’d stuffed up. It also seems to be about the only thing he’s
said or done that’s lodged in people’s minds.
It seems like just about every decent idea that Labor might have had
through the election campaign has been buried under the weight of
Latham’s poisonous leadership.
Hmmm. The bruvvers will be hoping no one slips out a yodelling CD
over the next week – ‘cos that would probably chart better than them,
Who’s hot, who’s not: The Rehame Top 40 Pols
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