August 12, 2010

DEPOSING A THIRD WAY LEADER NECESSARILY MAKES YOU A THROWBACK...:

(Un)lucky country: It’s been fun to watch but Australia has gained little from this particular slugfest (The Economist, Aug 12th 2010)

Ms Gillard became Australia’s first woman prime minister in June, after a brisk act of party regicide that did for Kevin Rudd. In office only since 2007, Australia’s first environmentally minded prime minister had fallen from party favour after dropping a promise to bring in an emissions-trading scheme and then picking a damaging fight with mining companies over a supertax on their profits. Ms Gillard promptly agreed to ease the tax. Seeing favourable polls, she opted for a snap election. Nobody really knows how she would govern. Fans call her decisive and disciplined; critics damn her as disloyal and an opportunist. Once a left-winger, she can seem ill at ease grasping for the centre. She used to oppose policies that she now loudly promotes, such as paid parental leave. And she has helped confuse voters by trumpeting Mr Rudd’s stewardship of Australia’s economy, while insisting he had to go as his government was in a “downward spiral”.

....whether to the First Way--as the Tories after Maggie and the GOP after W--or to the Second--as Al Gore and Gordon Brown. It's little wonder Ms Gillard can't get back to the middle way, where the Anglosphere electorate is.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2010 8:32 PM
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