Monday, October 11, 2004

A busy weekend

For democracy.

Afghanistan - elections relatively unscathed by violence and probably with a bigger proportional voter turn out than in our local body elections.

Australia - no surprise but it should give the rabidly anti-Howard crowd pause for thought, but of course it won't. Margo Kingston and Gordon McLauchlan will continue on with there "if you disagree with me then you're a liar" level of political analysis.

Kerry/Bush debate - probably went to Kerry. Kerry's more protectionist stance should be of concern. It would be very interesting to see what he does in terms of foreign policy if elected. I doubt he'll be that friendly towards Chirac given what we now know of the oil corruption issue. And Howard and Blair will still be there. All of Kerry's criticism of Bush over Iraq apply just as well to them. He might have to work hard to establish some sort of working relationship.

1 Comments:

Blogger Greyshade said...

Afghanistan - gratifying turnout as long as it doesn't come to too much more than 100% :)
I'm sure Kerry will have no trouble working with Howard or Blair is elected. Kerry's criticisms of Bush over Iraq have all related to Bush's leadership (over the decision to go to war and absence of planning for peace). If you believe Blair and Bush were equal partners you might feel those criticisms reflect on Blair but they don't have any impact on Howard. Blair and Howard both get on fine with Helen Clarke who was far more direct than Kerry in her criticism of the war.

11 October 2004 at 1:42 PM  

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