Michael Costello seems now to have joined the ranks of those (including this armadillo) betting on an early double dissolution federal election. From memory of a bet made months ago, I win a nice bottle of red from Michael Jennings if a DD election is held any time between December and April 2004 while Michael wins if one is held thereafter.
Costello touts Deputy PM John Anderson’s sudden reversal of his retirement decision and numerous other straws in the wind as factors tending to point to an election sooner rather than later. Of course, as Kim Beazley’s former Chief of Staff, he could be simply adding his weight to that of Bob Carr in trying to revive Kim’s leadership push. Geoff Kitney’s column in today’s Silly Moaning Hillmer (“If Labor doesn’t find some backbone, we will be left with virtually a one-party system“) may have a similar effect, whatever its intent. It may be a phony war, but it’s an interesting one (despite the Chaser mob’s Alan Cadman for PM spoof).
PS – I haven’t been able to open Tim Blair’s blog for more than a day now. While some may count this a blessing, I miss my daily dose of RWDB-ishness (especially given that Professor Bunyip also still has the dreaded lurgie). Is it just my browser, or are others having this problem too?