Noel Pearson’s triple-whammy last week – getting excerpts of his Griffith Review essay in three major papers – brought back some memories.
These days you can see the rivets popping and beams buckling in Surry Hills as – following the failure of Howard’s numbers to improve after the Budget – the good ship News changes course.
By Tuesday evening over here, Gordon Brown was well on track for a coronation when Labour meets to elect a new leader in June. With the deadline for nominations closing on Thursday, he’s got 282 names signed up, with challenger John McDonnell currently stuck on 27, and needing 45.
Iraq is strife torn. Afghanistan too. Yet nothing reveals the bogus nature of the war on terror more explicitly than the attention, or lack of it, being paid to Pakistan at the moment -- a country that has an actual nuclear arsenal and is having fire-fights in the centre of its largest city. Is it because we have no way to fit into the security narrative of the 'war on terror'?
The McCanns’ tragedy strikes a chord with many because it represents, in ghastly form, the collapse of public meaning in so many lives.
If the Blair decade has any defence, it is in the twin claims to running a prosperous economy and to have introduced a range of concrete policies that improved everyday life. But what of the social policy?
The fact is that, under Tony Blair, Labour cut all ties not only with anything resembling democratic socialism, but also with social democracy, and even the most centrist notion of a left. That is the Blair decade.
Two things happened in Iraq in the last 48 hours to indicate that the conflict in the country is entering yet another new phase, writes Guy Rundle.
So it is that every year, our shaman gather in Canberra. Like priests before a ritual they are sealed off from the profane world in a special retreat (‘the lock-up’) and bonded together in a sacred pact, which sets them off as a distinct group against the rest of their people.
Leaving aside the charm of a franchise where actual votes can still be subject to the elements, the combination of a chaotic process and the absence of a party with anything amounting to a majority may mean that the election will have to be held again -- either court-ordered, or in 28 days’ time, if no clear first minister and government has emerged.