December 06, 2003


The key to electoral success for Labor? No leader at all:

A new poll shows Labor could have won office if a federal election had been held last weekend.

The Morgan poll shows support for the ALP at 52 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis, compared to 48 per cent for the Coalition.

The survey was taken after Simon Crean had announced he would step down as leader of the Opposition but before Mark Latham was elected to the position.

That margin will increase in upcoming polls, as is usual when a new leader is appointed. The excitement builds!

Posted by Tim Blair at December 6, 2003 10:52 AM

More or less to the tune of "Colonel Bogey"

Has only got one ball,
Has two, but they are very small.
Margo may yet get
A strap-on latex set
But poor old Carmen
Has no balls at all.

Posted by: Sue at December 6, 2003 at 01:06 PM


Happy 4th July, Blairelzeebub. Keep blogging fast, boy, you'll catch up to the Lefty bandwagon real soon.

But...UK Marxists?? Let's not get too carried away now, Comrade...

PS: Sue, you might want to work on your lyrical metre a little, sweetheart. Tried to squish it into 'Bogey' and I got m'self fucked-up bad.

Posted by: jack r at December 6, 2003 at 01:28 PM

He'll be the best Liberal Prime Minister Labor ever had, Jack. Now that you're predicting events accurately, will Margo kick you off Webdiary?

Posted by: tim at December 6, 2003 at 02:20 PM

Ho, Cap'n Aubrey:

Would that be best 'Liberal' Prime Minister as in (Deakin or) Menzies or Holt or Gorton or McMahon or Fraser? Or for that matter as in Kennett or Greiner or Peacock or Steel Hall or Michael Baume or Phillip Ruddock Mk I or Mk 2 or Bill Heffernan or Wilson Tuckey or er, David Oldfield of old...?

...or, God help us, He Who Driveth Me Routinely To Bottle And Froth?

Mark Latham will be the Mark Latham kind of PM, which with luck and much Lawrencian heckling will be somewhat closer to liberal than his current Liberal foe will ever be. But no doubt I'll end up as grumblingly blagged as Ramsey, sooner or later.

It's what we do. We complain about sell-outs. Something they put in the latte, I guess.

As to getting the boot from Margolia, we're a collective-meritocratic anarcho-syndicalist commune, and I spit on your feeble attempt at factionalising delineation. T'is but a deceitful Satanic wrong 'un, to ungrace my lifted willow as surely as the generational googly passeth by the gurning Treas.

For verily even when Saint Margo is wrong, she's right. Or liberal, as it were. Or is that Right, or Liberal...or...oh, it's all so fucking second millennium now, isn't it.

Come up with some new tribal names, someone. And for god's sake make ours slightly more rib-tickling than 'appeaser' this time.

If you please.

Posted by: jack r at December 6, 2003 at 04:40 PM

Remember the poll which put the ALP ahead on a 2 party-preferred basis a little over a month before Crean was tapped on the shoulder? I wonder why the ALP didn't regard this as evidence for Crean's suitability for the ALP leadership.

Posted by: Clem Snide at December 6, 2003 at 05:26 PM

the next person to use the word "comrade" gets bitch slapped. no exceptions GOUGH!

Posted by: roscoe at December 6, 2003 at 05:27 PM

True comrades are impervious to threats of violence.

Posted by: Miranda Divide at December 7, 2003 at 06:40 AM

That's the funniest thing I've read all week.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at December 7, 2003 at 11:43 AM