At last a Labor leader who understands what is needed and can articulate it – powerfully, coherently and convincingly. It’s what Australia needs, in contrast to the cynical patrician populism of Costello’s budget. This is the position statement Beazley should have given 7 or 8 years ago when he was keeping his head down and running a small target strategy while waiting for the GST to kill the Howard Beast. And it’s the statement that I hoped Latham might be able to express given his earlier apparent policy orientation, but which his innate loopiness obscured and then derailed.
Better late than never, I suppose. Trouble is, can Beazley encapsulate it in the 10 second and 30 second grabs that will be needed to sell it to the broader electorate? I’ve got my doubts; prolixity is Beazley’s achilles heel. But at least there’s hope. And that’s much more than I expected.