Perhaps statements like that of Ms Gillard are the reason that the Greens, independents and minor parties did so well in the first Newspoll for the year. I detect among my Labor friends - some would call us the chattering class - a growing sense of disillusion with the way that this Rudd led government continually tries to avoid making any standards on what used to be the Party’s principles. When pragmatism rules so completely there is bound to be a search for a purer alternative and for the left the Greens are providing it.
Not that I detect much joy in the numbers for the Coalition parties. Newspoll has Labor dropping three percentage points on the primary voting intention but the Liberals and Nationals gaining none of it.