I’m not the first person to criticise the ALP’s clunky, tone deaf campaigning style. They are terrible at it, and we can all talk for hours about the reasons why. They’re so bad at it, that whenever they try, the conversation always turns into a meta-analysis of how badly they did it.
Here’s my latest piece for The King’s Tribune… Any Australian election campaign follows a fixed pattern. Daily photo opportunities masquerading as policy announcements are interspersed with debate stoushes and then the debates themselves. Somewhere in the final two or three weeks the campaign launch is held. And also around that time, the expectations game begins.
The heavy panting from the press gallery over the possibility of another Labor leadership spill has been quite repellent, but maybe it isn't just a blip in the news-cycle. Maybe the gallery really is onto something.
The best commentary on Australian politics in Australia’s print media generally comes from its economics writers. But it seems that enough time in the News Limited reality distortion field can have you descending into Terry McRann-like partisan hackery disguised as economics commentary.
This is probably the first proper ‘blog in reply’ on AusVotes2013, so I just want to make it very clear here right at the top that I have enormous respect for Ed, but I have a very different view from his position put forward in today’s post A Bribe By Any Other Name, so much so that a comment wasn’t going to do it – so here we go.