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Name: Antony Loewenstein
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posted by Antony Loewenstein at 1/03/2006 10:55:00 am
I wouldn't call him God, but I thank God that he is our Prime Minister. I guess you would have preferred the twisted protagonist in The Laughing Diaries?
Sorry but having an arse licker for a PM is not something I find particularly comforting.Perhaps you consider genuflecting to foreign leaders as more admirable than saying it like it is.
Howard's rule proves there is no god.
Sure he does have teflon shoulders and there's an aura about him (halo?) but "God" is a bit over the top. These Oz press guys - it must be on their Personal Objectives - "Write 4 absolutely arse licking shmoozing articles about John Howard in 2005 (or no performance bonus)".
In future please provide a "bucket recommended" warning before sending people off to read articles like that. Thanks.
I notice none of the critics of this article have disputed any of its contents in these comments. I doubt the country would have faired so well had the ALP continued to hold power."... Or opposition." The fact that the opposition have been crushed so completely is indicitive of Howard's skill as a politician. If anything, the left's rabid hatred of him has only increased his credibility to most Australians.
re. #7 Hrm. That sounds like a man who has a point. Or two.
"The fact that the opposition have been crushed so completely is indicitive of Howard's skill as a politician."Not really. The same thing was true baotu Bush for much of 2004. Hardly a brilliant politico - just an poweful administration that had it's hands on all the levers and the media eating out of it's hand.As we are seeing in the US, things can come tumbling down overnight and we all know there are more than enough skeletons int eh closet that could take Howard down.I agree if this happens, it will not so much be a case of the left winning as the government self destructing.
As much as the ALP is "left" these days ... the left's been politically adrift and unrepresented for a number of years now. An I don't really agree with your Bush vs Howard comparison, Addamo. Howard is a consummate and particularly patient politician who has a habit of making his own luck and being on the right side of history. He's been doing this for pretty much his entire career - it's not a one off. Fact is, there aren't any skeletons in his closet (that the likes of you or I know about, anyway) that the vast majority of Australians give a shit about - the left finds it extremely difficult to come to terms with this reality, however. By the way, I am not a Howard or Liberal supporter. Personally, I think they're big government arseholes - the lot of them. They are the lesser of two evils, though.
Yes you are right about Howard being skilled and patient, though I disagree about having been on the right side of history most of his career.You may recall the numerous false starts Howard had before the top job was handed to him by a combination of the a) the arrogance of the Keating government and b) the genuine fear the Australian public shared after Keating's previuous victory; one that the ALP was undefeatable.And there is little doubt that Tampa was a gift to Howard the first time around.Still, there is no denying that arrogance can be dangerous and the public may also become unsettled about the idea of havign a defacto permanent Liberal Party running the country. It only takes a few blows to the economy and suddenly, Howard's main ticket is expired.
I wouldn't agree that the media are eating out of the Howard Government's hand. Take the ABC, SBS, and Fairfax as examples."...there is no denying that arrogance can be dangerous..."I couldn't agree more.Regarding blows to the economy becoming Howard's downfall however, the article Antony linked to illustrates that ten years of sound management have allowed the Australian economy to weather all kinds of storms and escape relatively unscathed.
I don't necessarily disagree re: Howard's lot and management of the economy. However there some areas where credit is given but to me is unwarranted. The low interest rates for instance have been touted as as a masterly achievement. Interest rates in the rest of the world have coincidently been low during the same period. Have Howard and Costello steered the Global Economy? Has the tail wagged the dog?
I agree orang, however as you've said these are only some areas. On the whole, the Howard Government's management of the economy has been impressive.And the public have clearly shown their approval.
What? Waterton's back? I thought we'd seen the last of him. Promises, promises.
As soon as Loewenstein makes at least one of the following two announcements1) that I have won his $120 prizeOR2) that I am Godthen I will leave again. Or until I lose interest. I feel one of the three is pending rapidly.
I think the prize should go to Ibraham frankly...juts kidding.James is clearly the winner.
Hooray! I'll split it with you, addamo.
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