Imre Salusinszky wrote yesterday (not online but discussed in this post at PollieGraph):
… the Coalition started the campaign down a hole and now looks as if it is asking people to vote for an old-age pensioner and the cast of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
Salusinszky described the behaviour of some Ministers as “unhinged”. Dolly Downer wasn’t quite like that on Lateline tonight, and I get the impression he actually does believe his talking points. Lower class trade unionists running a Cabinet? Quelle horreur! (Remember Downer is better at French than Kevin07 is at Mandarin…) His unconvincing, stumbling and defensive performance was interesting. It would have been more interesting if Tony Jones had asked the obvious question. If the “team” are so experienced in managing an economy through “difficult times”, why are interest rates going up? If it’s beyond their control, where’s the “economic management”?
That’s only one of the holes in their narrative. Another is the fact that the interest rates thing only makes sense if you assume it means WorkChoices will hold wages in check. Uncle Joe Hockey, who hopefully will never have the chance to resign as Minister as John Howard will have to hand in the commissions of the government as a whole to the GG (Governor-General, not Government Gazette – I don’t expect Howard to do a Musharraf and turn the country over to a junta of News Limited pundits), claims that Australians are “all researched out” and thus he won’t release economic modelling showing what WorkChoices will do to wages. Lordy, this mob are an arrogant shambles. There really is a contempt at their heart for the people when you consider what rubbish they want us to believe.