She’s certainly gutsy, our Prime Minister. There she was Tuesday night on the  7PM Project looking jovial and relaxed as the headlines flashed up on the screen showing disastrous opinion poll ratings.

Good humour did not desert her despite such provocation and the smiles were natural not forced. Quite an achievement by any measure so I have to give her a 10 and, to make a sensible gap, I’ll have to revise Bob Katter’s Monday night appearance down from a nine to an eight.

I noticed somewhere on the tele too that a Roy Morgan measurement of reaction to her Sunday night address showed that the mention of Margaret Thatcher brought a generally favourable reaction — with Green voters being a notable exception.

Perhaps the “lady is not for turning” factor will end up working a miracle for Australian Labor as it did for the UK Conservatives. Thatcher’s approval rating, Wikipedia reminds us, fell to 23% by December 1980, lower than recorded for any previous prime minister, yet she convincingly won the election of 1983.

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