Phil Atkinson writes:

Take out all the politics and personal vitriol and
you are left with a male, aged around his 40s, having suffered illness and
who has been confronted by his own mortality. You don’t need an excuse to leave politics with
that kind of mindset – but if there’s a book in it, well, it can help secure the
(financial) future.

Michael Hudson writes:
I was saddened by the quality of the nicknames devised by Latham.
Here’s some nicknames I devised for Latham. The Blight on the Hill. The
Lone Danger. The Adder of Abort Unity. The Capital City Goofball – the
mascot from The Simpsons who said: “…just squeeze the wheeze!” Off
Whitlam – if Polichicks put this nickname on a decorative cushion
they’d really be in business! The Port Adelaide ‘pie – Collingwood’s
former man in Canberra wore a Port Adelaide scarf at last year’s AFL
Grand Final. Arse-Snickers. The Mare of Shiver Pool. A Monger Fine of
Potholes. A Monger Fine of Plot-holes. Forest Gump. Brut 44 – classy!
Shakesnear. Shakesjeer. That reformed character. That informed
character – in regards to the briefing he said he received concerning
Iraq. The Incredible Sulk – in regards to his election defeat and
belated response to the tsunami. Jim Morrison – break on through, break
on through, break on through, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, YEAH! The Crash
Test Dummy. Party Pooper. Biff, as in “Don’t bring back the!” Duffy’s
duffer.


Jacob Byron writes:

Please do continue your detailed coverage of the Latham diaries. If a
quarter of what Latham has claimed is accurate, then the Diaries have
provided the general public with an entirely unprecedented insight into
the workings of the media and party politics in this country. Another
such opportunity for understanding our rulers and opinion leaders isn’t
likely to come around any time soon.


An anonymous subscriber writes:

Aw come on, this is the most amusing
book we’ve read in ages. Nobody’s sued as yet, which suggests the bulk of it
has some truth. It’s bloody hilarious, especially the Keating quotes and the
March 1997 episode where Howard buggers off sans shower after the cricket game,
amidst speculation that Merv Hughes might be a “soap catcher.” Merv has the
best case for litigating of anybody. $40 of great
entertainment!

A Sunshine Coast subscriber writes:

The more I read
about Latham, the more I think I like him – and he represents the thinking of
more people than the self-imposed ‘opinion leaders’ might think. True, he may
not be Opposition Leader or PM material, but he sure has got people thinking.
And all those detractors may like to recall that he had a massive impact on
pollies’ superannuation – they have to at least acknowledge him for
that. No, don’t stop the
ML stories yet – the facades may just be starting to crack in the cosy
government/media alliance we currently do not enjoy.

Fluff writes:

I have not been a fan of some of Stephen’s writing of late but ten
points for his analysis of The Diaries and perhaps Latham’s
priorities. I have read a couple of Latham’s books and thoroughly
enjoyed his fantasies. Among them ideas that stimulate thought. Perhaps
the world of journalism has become too cynical to see a world beyond an
historical fact.

Prime Ministers particularly must recognise the separation of fantasy
and reality, but we all dream of a better society, how best to get
there is the dissent.

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