“We should all pray for rain”, says the Prime Minister, in what appears to be a novel approach to the formulation of government policy in an election year.

If prayer really is a legitimate substitute for policy in these uncertain times, perhaps the principle could apply across a range of portfolios:

Peter Costello: “We should all pray for rates.”

Malcolm Turnbull: “We should all pay for rain.”

Kevin Rudd: “We should all pray for reign.” 

Amanda Vanstone: ”We should all pray for Rome.”

Tony Abbott: ”We should all pray.”

Or maybe we just misheard, and what the PM actually said was: “We should all pray for Rudd”?