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Alex leaves the house

Well after the result in Gippsland I suppose that Alexander Downer can feel rather more sure that his seat of Mayo is not very likely to fall to the red army of Brother Number One…

He has taken a parting shot at Brendan Nelson, questioning the Opposition Leader’s political strategy on petrol. Mr Downer, who was in London last night, warns that the Liberal Party has lost the ability to sell its core message on individual freedom, and needs to construct a “broader narrative” to compete with Labor.

He tells Albrechtsen: “What they need to do, which they have not very well so far, is develop a better narrative – both a negative narrative about the Rudd Labor Government and a positive narrative about the Liberal Party.

“They need to build policies around that narrative. It is one thing to start barking on about reducing fuel excise by 5c, but what’s your point?

“Why would you want to do that? You need a broader narrative. The Liberal Party does not have a story to tell at the moment. Just a bunch of ad hoc comments.”

Mr Downer’s retirement from politics, to be announced after his return to Australia tomorrow from meetings in Britain and the US, where he was offered the role of UN special envoy for Cyprus, will trigger a by-election in his Adelaide Hills seat of Mayo.

Downer may well be right about the current failings in the Liberal party but I does take time to rebuild after losing an election as comprehensively as they coalition did last November. The ALP do however seem to be doing a good job of injuring themselves with the ideologically driven madness of their emissions trading policy and poor reaction to the cost of necessities and  energy for ordinary Australians so maybe it will not be such along time before “Kevin 07” tee shirts are relegated to being polishing rags for the car.
Cheers Comrades

PS i wonder if this means that Alexander will have more time to play with his Clubman ?


  1. raydixon says:

    Maybe Rudd should put Nicole Cornes up as the ALP candidate for Mayo seeing as though she did such a “wonderful” job for him losing Bailey when it was theirs for the taking. That way if there’s a swing away from Labor in Mayo he can just blame the airhead.

    Seriously though Iain, I doubt you’ll see a Gippsland type swing in this by-election.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    It will be an interesting By election and I don’t expect the ALP to win, they may not even put up a candidate. or they may try the air head strategy you suggest Ray but I think that a Gippsland type swing is possible, the shine is very much off the government of Brother Number One after all as I point out in this mornings post…

  3. Eric says:

    > PS i wonder if this means that Alexander will have more time to play
    > with his Clubman ?

    Fine if he does but ONLY if he tries a bit harder to stay the black stuff! It seemed he was trying for a new portfolio as Minster for Agriculture last time I saw him on the racetrack!

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