Never say The Australian’s bloviating bore-at-large Paul Kelly can’t move quickly. Last week “the Labor Party’s decision to criticise and distance itself from Trump is an unwise and premature eruption.” (And who doesn’t hate premature eruption?). But today he opined about Trump and used phrases likes “devastating”, “a huge geo-strategic gift to China”, “strikes at the national interests of Australia”, “explosive”, “ignorant”, “selfish”, “as significant as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989”. So does that still mean Labor’s distancing from Trump was “premature”, Paul — or prescient? Actually, there’s little prescience required — you only have to have listened to what Trump has been saying for 18 months to know what a threat he is to the global economy and international order.

Peter Fray

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