So Lynton Crosby is giving some backbone to the Tories. Largely because of his policies on race. The conservative house magazine, The Spectator, admitted as much three weeks ago. The snippet from the equally conservative London Daily Telegraph run in The Australian today is less coy about what lies behind the Tories’ improved morale, but still heaps praise on Crosby/Textor. But what about Tex’s role in the “yes” campaign for extended trading hours in Western Australia ? That went down 70 to 30 per cent against. He’s copped very little flak over that – even though the Crosby/Textor juggernaut clearly lost a wheel on the West’s bumpy roads.

Alexander Downer would like to be deputy leader of the Liberal Party when John Howard goes. Pam Williams, by adding some details of the wallpaper of the dining room at Kirribilli House and stating the bleeding obvious – you can trust Brendan Nelson, the political protégé of AMA godfather Bruce Sheppard, as far as you can throw the greasy git – stretched got the story on page one of the Fin (above the fold, Keating fans note) on Friday and stretched it over 2,000 words inside. Downer admitted his ambitions to Sky yesterday. And when did we first say this, dear reader? 2003?

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