It took just five nanoseconds after
John Howard’s lift-off to Seoul for the nation’s Acting Prime Minister to rush
into action with a media release on some important issue or other. And a quick
reminder: the man in charge of us now is not Peter Costello, but that former
used-sheep salesman, Mark Vaile.

Yes, the bloke whose party got 5% of the
vote at last year’s election has his hand on the tiller of state. At least John
Anderson *looked* like a leader…