One hundred days to go until we get to throw out a very bad Labor government and throw them out we will if the polls are to believed, which given their consistency seems entirely reasonable. The only question for Labor at this time is all about that most important political virtue of dignity.
If the experience up here in Queensland is anything to go by we will see a long litany of increasingly desperate attempts to smear the coalition. They will fail to get traction and instead you can expect to see these smears blowing up in the faces of those who hope to benefit form the muck. Already the blogs of the left are finding it hard to even publish with the same regularity and enthusiasm that they were showing just a few months ago.
Already Tony Abbott and the Coalition team look and sound like government ministers rather than members of the opposition while Gillard and her crew look and sound like they are acting out a bad “Carry On” film as they lurch form one policy failure to the next and the party implodes under the weight of its existential despair.
Its not going to be pretty and its bound to get messier but I have been expecting this for the last three years and it does saddens me to be right on this occasion. I’m sad for the true believers like Ray who is doing a valiant if futile fight for the Labor light on the hill even though Gillard has all but drowned it under a deluge of slime.