It’s a little premature (men can be like that), but the Government’s campaign for reelection has suddenly gone pear shaped. Predictions of a close election result may have been equally premature.
The troops are rallying around their leader – in a consoling manner – as the Liberal’s own polling has found that the voters think Howard is too old and too shifty. He’s cactus, in other words.
On top of that, the Government has had to pull one of their obscenely expensive Work Choices ads, now that they’ve been told that one of the actors was, until recently, a shonky employer who didn’t always pay his young apprentices and who still owes many thousands of dollars to staff and suppliers of his failed painting business.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, new Victorian state Premier Brumby has given his federal colleagues a big thwack, albeit, inadvertently. Seems that Brumby appointed the new state Treasurer on the basis of his being a family man – wife, kids. The other potential contender is unmarried and childless, therefore, according to Brumby, lacking the life experience necessary for being Treasurer. Not the sort of thing that Julia Gillard and her “barren womb” would have wanted to hear from her own side of politics while she ate her Weeties this morning.