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20 responses to “Menzies Redux?”

  1. Michael S.

    Come on – has anyone really thought (bar a few costello diehards) the rodent is going to give it away?

    As Mark says the only real surprise here is that Howard has made such a strong statement publicly.

    The irony of it all is that the one and only thing that I think will dislodge Howard in the medium term is big economic trouble – someting which may fall back on the Man who has been treasurer for years.

  2. Michael S.

    Come on – has anyone really thought (bar a few costello diehards) the rodent is going to give it away?

    As Mark says the only real surprise here is that Howard has made such a strong statement publicly.

    The irony of it all is that the one and only thing that I think will dislodge Howard in the medium term is big economic trouble – someting which may fall back on the Man who has been treasurer for years.

  3. Peter Kemp

    Like all leaders at the helm for so long, the feeling of invincibility sets in. Caucescu of Rumania, Jo Blelke, Fraser, Hawke, Chamberlain, the list goes on and on with Ming the Merciless as the noticeable exception. Hubris as they say is inevitably followed by nemesis but doubtless Johnny considers himself the exception. Roll on the inevitable humiliation for criminal garbage.

  4. Peter Kemp

    Like all leaders at the helm for so long, the feeling of invincibility sets in. Caucescu of Rumania, Jo Blelke, Fraser, Hawke, Chamberlain, the list goes on and on with Ming the Merciless as the noticeable exception. Hubris as they say is inevitably followed by nemesis but doubtless Johnny considers himself the exception. Roll on the inevitable humiliation for criminal garbage.

  5. Robert

    I don’t think Howard really expects to last until the next election. He’s just telling us he doesn’t see Costello as a natural successor, and prompting the anti-Costello forces to sort out who they’re going to run with. But I’m not so sure Costello won’t make a move — the Safety Net rollback and IVF limits are budget measures that seem to be designed to put Abbott in a tight spot with the voters.

  6. Robert

    I don’t think Howard really expects to last until the next election. He’s just telling us he doesn’t see Costello as a natural successor, and prompting the anti-Costello forces to sort out who they’re going to run with. But I’m not so sure Costello won’t make a move — the Safety Net rollback and IVF limits are budget measures that seem to be designed to put Abbott in a tight spot with the voters.

  7. Homer Paxton

    A political genius said on TA they would carry out howard in a pinebox before he hands over to anyone.
    I stand by that however I think Costello will be PM before the next election because i think like bob hawke he will eventually get on the nose.
    however unlike keating I can’t see costello beating anyone in the next election.

  8. Homer Paxton

    A political genius said on TA they would carry out howard in a pinebox before he hands over to anyone.
    I stand by that however I think Costello will be PM before the next election because i think like bob hawke he will eventually get on the nose.
    however unlike keating I can’t see costello beating anyone in the next election.

  9. Guy

    In place of ze trackback.

    The rodent ain’t going nowhere unless Bomber pulls off a miracle at the next poll, or the former puts in a bit too much effort when jogging one morning…

  10. Guy

    In place of ze trackback.

    The rodent ain’t going nowhere unless Bomber pulls off a miracle at the next poll, or the former puts in a bit too much effort when jogging one morning…

  11. Mark

    Howard of course is doing the usual backaway maneouvre, but this really does make Costello look pathetic. Howard also – to my knowledge – hasn’t explained how his statements were “misinterpreted”.

    There’s definitely a fair bit of jockeying going on – Rob’s right about Costello and Abbott, and Nelson is doing his accustomed hyperactive self-promotion thing.

  12. Mark

    Howard of course is doing the usual backaway maneouvre, but this really does make Costello look pathetic. Howard also – to my knowledge – hasn’t explained how his statements were “misinterpreted”.

    There’s definitely a fair bit of jockeying going on – Rob’s right about Costello and Abbott, and Nelson is doing his accustomed hyperactive self-promotion thing.

  13. Andrew Frazer

    The ball can hardly be in Costello’s court when Howard has both of Costello’s happily stashed away for safe keeping.

  14. Andrew Frazer

    The ball can hardly be in Costello’s court when Howard has both of Costello’s happily stashed away for safe keeping.

  15. saint

    Howard ain’t going anywhere. And if he can help it, neither can Costello. I think the fireworks will come if Howard does not give Costello another portfolio (“anything but Foreign Affairs” as he put it).

  16. saint

    Howard ain’t going anywhere. And if he can help it, neither can Costello. I think the fireworks will come if Howard does not give Costello another portfolio (“anything but Foreign Affairs” as he put it).

  17. Homer Paxton

    costello , like Keating with Hawke, cannot challenge howard until he looks like a better person to win votes than Howard.
    It took fightback for Hawke to look like he didn’t have a clue after winning an election they shouldn’t have in 1990.
    There are few in the Liberal party who believe Costello is better than Howard at present.
    My guess is that this wil change as the circumstances change between now and the next election.
    Mind you at least the public thought Keating had a vision.does anyone really think Costello has?

  18. Homer Paxton

    costello , like Keating with Hawke, cannot challenge howard until he looks like a better person to win votes than Howard.
    It took fightback for Hawke to look like he didn’t have a clue after winning an election they shouldn’t have in 1990.
    There are few in the Liberal party who believe Costello is better than Howard at present.
    My guess is that this wil change as the circumstances change between now and the next election.
    Mind you at least the public thought Keating had a vision.does anyone really think Costello has?

  19. Mark

    Costello has a vision of Costello PM, Homer – that’s about as far as it goes, I think!

  20. Mark

    Costello has a vision of Costello PM, Homer – that’s about as far as it goes, I think!