These two men, Prime Minister John Howard and his heir apparent Treasurer Peter Costello, have decided during the remaining six days of the election to scare the pants off all Australian voters. Without any regard for the truth or rational argument they are both promising, hands on hearts and with serious faces, that, if they are not elected, Australia is finished. Unfortunately, some Australians will believe their incredible lies!
If you look closely at the excellent photograph, what both these men are is clearly shown on their faces. They are both grasping opportunists. They both love power and are obsessively ambitious. They both believe that the ends justify any means. They are both elitists who love the company and the favour of the rich. They are both extremely egocentric and have cutting tongues. And they are both lawyers.
But there is one major difference. The one wearing the glasses is far more despotic, has a larger store of rat-like cunning, has more a killer instinct. Resultantly he has kept the Treasurer on a leash for nearly twelve years and thwarted his ambition to slide into the top job.
To further demonstrate his power, Howard, if re-elected, has promised to hand over the Prime Ministership to his Treasurer at some stage during the next three years. So a vote for Howard is a vote for Costello: The Howardellos! Two megalomaniacs for the price of one!
Australia sits on a precipice. It may be a rich country but, under Howard and Costello, the Merchants of Menace, it has lost its soul. It is now a divided country economically, politically and socially.
Will we be saved from them and the right-wing darkness they represent?