What else is there to say? How depressing! I think I’ll return to blogging hibernation. I just hope they surround Motormouth with sensible minders, and spike his morning coffee with Prozac.
For John Howard, Christmas has come 23 days early. On my part, my election date bet with Michael Jennings is looking very sick indeed. If I was Howard, I’d be doing Latham slowly (as PJK might have put it) and giving him plenty of time to display his loose cannon qualities to best advantage. I hope I’m wrong, but I reckon this decision could well end up giving the conservatives a landslide victory of such monumental proportions that they’ll be in government for the next decade.
The only hope of a contrary result is if the housing bubble bursts much more suddenly and drastically than currently looks likely, exposing the Howard government’s vulnerable economic underbelly; there are no new major terrorist or asylum seeker events; and Latham can somehow be kept from making a complete idiot of himself for the better part of a full year.