Dave, don’t think that you’ve fully escaped conservativism with Rudd. He’s more than a bit churchy and very right-wing on a number of issues including drug policy. It’ll be somewhat better, but you won’t be living in any sort of progressive paradise.
And as far as Rudd is concerned, I’ll take “somewhat better” to start with– just so long as he does the groundwork so that some true reform can take place when the glorious Julia Gillard takes over his mantle.
Not so joyous when you consider KBartlett was replaced by Bob Debus, who as NSW A/G brought you drug sniffer dogs in pubs, restaurants and public transport in Sydney. Yep, those are searches, no matter that the High Court says they’re not- without warrant or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity… unless walking on a sidewalk or having a coffee al fresco in Kings Cross constitutes reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.
The federal and state Libs have imploded, but the conservativism vacuum is being handily filled by state Labor, certainly in NSW & QLD.
As of today, we will actually hear, “PM Rudd”, in the medja. Methinks, just about everything was thrown at him from almost everywhere and he bloody well managed to get rid of the little dictator. I thought Howard would declare martial law if he thought he would lose.
Apologies for not being able to join the celebration earlier [ongoing computer and software malfunctions].
I did honestly think that Howard and his mob would pull some sort of a vague “terrrerist” stunt to impede the holding of the election itself. They were desperate and ruthless enough to have tried something outrageous like that. It’s not often I celebrate being so wrong but this time it was a pleasure to do so.
IMHO, Rudd is likely to be a very tough Prime Minister but a competent one …. and not one who is at the beck-and-call of a failed foreign ruler.
We probably have a very tough, possibly quite ruthless, Prime Minister now but at least one likely to be reasonably competent. How well he and his Cabinet handle the SubPrime Depression, massive social degradation and a couple of damned nasty military threats remains to be seen. My own gut feeling is that even if they fail then it won’t be for the lack of trying …. nor for following one ratbag ideology after another.
I’m glad Howard and his eleven years of neglect, bullying, lost opportunities, waste, humiliation and stagnation are finally over.
I think we’ve all breathed something of a sigh of relief that HoWARd is now very old news, but I am waiting to see if the Labor govt is actually going to make the changes they sold the voters during the campaign. I suspect Suki is playing the same waiting game… but I also suspect that she likes her gardens more than her blog for now.