John Howard addresses the nation: "Ladies and gentlemen this is to announce that while I am caretaker Prime Minister until November 24 I will no longer be leading the Liberal-National coalition as presumed prime ministerial candidate..."
With the most recent Newspoll putting Labor back at 58-42 2PP where they have been since Rudd became leader, everyone is writing the Coalition off. So let's think of how they could win, writes Guy Rundle.
You get a whole new perspective on the debate when you watch it via second-rate feed at noon on the other side of the world. Two blurry, virtually identical figures, jerking around like puppets, words frequently making no sens- Ah. I have just been informed that the vision we were getting was full broadcast quality. […]
Part three in Guy Rundle's look as the social complexion of the seats Labor must get to save us all from a descent into substance abuse.
Continuing an overview of social etc change in the swing seats. This will be on the exam. Guy Rundle writes:
Bennelong we’ve heard far too much about and Eden-Monarites are so used to being electoral guinea-pigs they all speak in 15 second sound-bites. What about the others? asks Guy Rundle.
Howard vows to debate himself if Kevin Rudd won't. How does this play out? Guy Rundle ponders the possibilities.
Barry Cohen records somewhere that one of the last decisions the Whitlam cabinet made concerned the fate of "Old Sydney Town", the deathful 1788 theme park. If come November 24 John Howard is history, then history – specifically the new curriculum – will play a similar role. Labor would hopefully sling it overboard immediately, writes Guy Rundle.
No doubt the lights are burning and the heads are aching in Labor HQ as I write, as the wonks pour over such figures as are available, desperate to find a hole in the $34 billion great new tax giveaway, writes Guy Rundle.