Friday, October 15, 2004

The Oz election

There is an interesting take on the Howard victory in The Australian -

Media intelligence fails even elementary analysis

A significant trend around the Western world is the increasing difficulty of defeating sitting members of parliament, whatever party they represent.
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The other critical conclusion to come out of this election is that it was a total vindication of John Howard over Iraq. This is very painful for the commentariat – perhaps the Government should set up special psychiatric triage clinics for commentators unable to cope with their grief over the electorate's decision on Iraq.
The last point is a complicated one but I suspect that the anti-war message of some on the Left was never the vote winner they imagine it to be.

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