The ALP is behind by two-percent in the two-party preferred stakes. This doesn’t sound bad. But it is. Regardless of the fact that Howard led this country to a war that a minority initially supported, apparently could not retrospectively justify this war, and has fudged the truth on a number of occasions, the ALP has not pulled ahead at any stage. Indeed, the ALP has either been around the level of support it attracted at the last federal election, or drastically behind. And two-party preferred says nothing about the rural and regional marginals…where elections are won and lost now. This is all despite the fact that the current government is old, fairly tired, and becoming increasingly repetitive. The current government has surely undermined the universality of Medicare. The current government has (although it deserves praise for some of its higher education agenda) under-spent on R&D and higher education. Indeed, the Howard Government is stumbling from blunder to blunder, offending the electorate in many of its key concerns, and the Labor Party has not once even looked like a competitor.
There are many ways to create new blog posts without writing anything yourself, and this has been one of them. Thanks Steve!