Pity the poor editorial page editor who has to predict who will win the US presidential election a year ahead of the ballot. I was thinking that the other night as I listened to Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of The Washington Post, who’s in Australia under the auspices of the US Studies Centre … Continue reading The US presidential election: Only 368 days to go!
It was one of those beautiful autumn days in Sydney. I was driving along Maroubra Road heading to the airport to drop off my brother-in-law and his wife after the wedding of my youngest daughter the day before at Bronte. A cold wind was blowing, but the bride and groom pictured above had planned the … Continue reading A day of contrasts: From bride to gloom in Bondi
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, according to the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. Prime Minister Julia Gillard took that single step this week by announcing the general election date 227 days in advance. The journey is aimed at putting pressure on the Opposition to debate issues and policy rather than to … Continue reading Goodbye fixed election date, hello long campaign
M.E. Sprengelmeyer. Remember him? I’ve written about him quite a bit. Most famously, according to M.E., on my blog last year when I recounted how the Sky News Sunday Agenda program wound up with him as a guest political commentator during the 2008 US elections when the well-known Washington Post columnist, E.J. Dionne, declined our … Continue reading No eyes on the prize