The political nous of a goldfish

Crikey readers have their say.

Gillard and pokies:

Andrew Lewis writes: Re Yesterday’s editorial. Your editorial today includes this line on why the Labor Party wouldn’t take the pokies pre-commitment to a vote.

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4 thoughts on “The political nous of a goldfish

  1. Ben

    I do all the things Neil Hunt has described. And my iPhone battery never drains in 2 hours. I am going to go and delete that old email account with the wrong password though.

  2. zut alors

    I agree with Andrew Lewis.

    Gillard’s credibility and propensity to renege on deals is far more relevant to voters than her government failing to have a piece of legislation passed.

  3. A. N. Onymus

    And another agreement here with Andrew Lewis and ZUT ALORS. The first thing I thought when I saw the news on TV was “How could she be so stupid? Can’t she see how this will look to the public?”

  4. CML

    @ ZUT ALORS – How many times do I have to say this? PM Gillard DID NOT renege on any deal. There are plenty of good articles around (Phil Coorey in the SMH, for example) telling you that Wilkie will still get about 80% of what he wanted, but just not tomorrow. Wilkie has lost his ability to use stand-over tactics on the PM and he doesn’t like it.
    I agree with John K – Gillard is just doing what the Productivity Commission recommended and having a trial of mandatory precommitment, which is the correct thing to do. Introducing all this stuff without any idea whether it will work or not, is really stupid. You, and many others, have been reading too much Ltd. News, listening to too much ABC and watching too much crap news reporting on the commercial channels. How about you engage the brain before the digits?
    Politics is still all about numbers, and Gillard didn’t have enough. Like John, I too would like an answer to the question he asked in the first paragraph of his letter (above). As usual, Crikey does not appear to have researched this relevant bit of history – I’ll wager the answer is none. No, it is easier to just start demonising Gillard for doing what every other government in recent times has done, which strangely enough is okay for everyone else, but not her. Some balance!

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