Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Catching the wrong populist tram.

Playing to the envy ordinary people have when they see others jetsetting off around the world at first blush might seem like good politics. Clearly the Federal Opposition thinks so. They have been courting as hard as they can the instinct of the populist press to attack Kevin Rudd for spending so much of his first year in office overseas and were at it with particular vigour on yesterday’s election anniversary day. Yet you could hardly say that the tactic is having much of an impact. The Prime Minister starts Year Two with incredibly high popularity ratings in all of the major opinion polls. Australians seem to be putting aside their envy and showing at least a grudging pride in having a leader who can mix it with the leaders of the world.
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