Friday, October 08, 2004

Howard's conservative narrative: In his final major speech to the National Press Club before the election, Howard does a workmanlike job in constructing the conservative narrative. Much of this narrative has gone unchallenged by the official opposition, which (as in the question of the Iraq war and International law) makes only a token effort to rebut it. On issues such as the waterfront clash and industrial relations reform (ie, systematic de-unionisation), Labor has had nothing to say, as far as I am aware. The conservative narrative needs to be taken head on in every point, and systematically deconstructed. This is what would demolish the political persona of the government, which is in reality hardly anything more than a house of cards.

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