The press gallery will be happy: there's been a leadership spill, a prime minister dumped, mass cabinet resignations, plenty of action. It would have been better if it had been today, allowing more time for the media to co-ordinate its coverage and build it up, and without the clash with State of Origin in NSW and Queensland; Julia Gillard, so often the target of a the media, cruelled things somewhat by bringing it on last night.

The media were players in all this, of course. But that's nothing new, not the result of the decline of press gallery standards or the lurch to the Right of some outlets or of Lindsay Tanner's "Sideshow" (remember that?); the media cheered on Paul Keating in his quest for the prime ministership; Peter Costello had faithful lieutenants in the gallery; Kevin Rudd himself carefully cultivated journalists as an opposition leader.