The Turnbull reply to the latest Rudd essay

This is not a long piece, because there is little worthwhile that can be said about Malcolm Turnbull’s reply Rudd’s debt to burden future generations in the SMH on August 1.  There has been so much else to write about these last few days that Turnbull’s piece has slid almost unnoticed into the background.  As could have been anticipated, the debt and deficit bogy has been given a thorough outing, which few commentators bothered to address until Ross Gittins wrote his well-argued piece in yesterday’s SMH, Don't let Turnbull fool you: debt is not a dirty word.  I need say no more; Gittins has said all that needs to be said to debunk the debt and deficit story. More...

The Turnbull endgame?

The Australian today abounds with talk of replacing Malcolm Turnbull as Coalition leader.  Dennis Shanahan and Matthew Franklin wrote a piece Desperate Liberals look to replace Turnbull with Robb, and Shanahan has a blog.  It's a loser or the last man standing.  The sixty comments are pretty evenly divided between support for making a change and leaving Turnbull there as Robb would be no better.  Jack the Insider has a blog Turnbull artistry no match for the numbers.  He concludes “...that the hard heads in the Coalition will soon reach the view, if they have not already done so, that the continued existence of the Liberal Party depends on a change in leadership.”  He did not canvass Robb as an alternative.  Most of the 240 respondents, even those with Liberal leanings, agree that a change is necessary. More...

Killing him softly with his words

When did you last see a politician knife his leader and hang him out to dry as openly as Peter Costello did live on air on ABC’s Lateline last night?  This morning’s news of the dawn raids on suspected terrorist cells, the OzCar story and the tabling of the Auditor-General’s report, have pushed the extraordinary Costello interview aside.  Tony Jones, like all journalists, looks for a scoop, and as the interview about the two new chapters in The Costello Memoirs proceeded, he knew he had one; his non-verbals said it all.  And he achieved it with little coaxing; Costello was in an expansive mood, and seemed only too ready to ‘tip the bucket’.

So what did Costello say about the Liberal Party and Malcolm Turnbull? More...

Is the latest Rudd essay all spin?

Ross Gittins gives that impression in his piece in The Age on 27 July: 'Tough' talking PM is all spin.  In it he analyses Kevin Rudd’s latest essay The road to recovery that appeared in the 25 July issue of that paper.

Exactly what is ‘political spin’?  Wikipedia says: “In public relations, spin is providing an interpretation of an event or campaign to persuade public opinion in favour or against a certain organization or public figure. While traditional public relations may also rely on creative presentation of the facts, ‘spin’ often, though not always, implies disingenuous, deceptive and/or highly manipulative tactics. Politicians are often accused by their opponents of claiming to be honest and seek the truth while using spin tactics to manipulate public opinion.” More...