Every slip makes the sack more likely. That saying about when you're not, you're not, certainly applies to the Opposition Leader. Tony Abbott certainly looks to me like he's on the skids with his gratuitous insult to his Liberal colleague Ken Wyatt being the latest example of foot-in-mouth. And if you'd like a second opinion have a look at Bruce Hawker's comments -- especially the note about the big challenge for Labor being whether it can do an effective demolition job on anyone but Abbott.

Pity most aren't Australian. Sales of new motor vehicles keep reaching new heights and the Australian motor industry keeps shrinking. That's the sad truth as the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases figures for October showing the trend measure at a record high.