On several occasions, I've alluded to the fact that I believe that Prime Minister Howard will resign before the next election because he fears facing the Keating-like humiliation of being thrown out on his ear by a landslide.
Polls in Australia conducted over months show Labor (the Democrats) under Rudd with a big lead while the Coalition of the National Party and the Liberal Party (the Republicans) under Howard trails badly. And the election hasn't even been called yet!
A report which was leaked from Coalition headquarters confirms that many people in Australia think that Howard among other things is too old and too dishonest! Perhaps, after ten years of continuous photo-ops, he's reached his use-by date as well. We all do!
What are your thoughts on the likelihood of Howard getting out of the burning kitchen while he can and leaving Costello to try to put out the flames? Is it likely that Howard will be more concerned about achieving a better kind of ending for his memoirs than about deserting his party? Has his sycophancy towards Bush been a major factor in his fall from grace? Have his pet I.R. laws reared up and bit him in the bum? Is his reaching sixty-eight years a barrier in political life? Should it be? Is it the fact that Australia is now far more at risk of terrorism because of our involvement in Commander Bush's follies?
Your thoughts are sought and how you'd bet.
UPDATE - 7/7/07. Parliament resumed. Question time was its usual insult to democracy. The Government refused to answer the Opposition's questions and, when asked prepared questions by members of their own party, boringly bragged about their imagined successes during their decade in office. They lack credibility, policy and enthusiasm. Dead-men Talking describes them perfectly.