Originally posted by TowelSorry, all I know about Ozzy politics I learn from the Economist. My point is that our support in Aus rests on a single individual, as in Spain and the UK. If he loses, our coalition shrinks again. I'm curious, though, why Latham isn't making a big issue of Iraq? Is it simply not a front-burner issue for Australians (in the absence of a domestic terror attack), or is it considered such an obvious policy change that it's not worth wasting time on it?
Because people are more interested in their hip pockets. Medicare (free health care for all) enjoys huge support among the population regardless of political persuasion. Howard has been watering it down ever since he came to power. It's his Achilles heel.
And because people are resigned to the fact that both parties will always acquiesce to the US more than the general population would like.
Also, we don't trust politicians even if we voted for them. Just because they say they're going to do something, it doesn't mean they will. They're all lying, cheating mongrels. So why get too worked up about it. How about we grab half a dozen tinnies out of the fridge and go to the beach instead.
We are apathetic, leisure junkies, didn't you know.
Howard LOVES Bush. Thinks he's the bees knees. Strange really because, while I don't like Howard, he isn't an idiot and you'd think George's intellectual deficiencies would preclude such a sycophantic relationship developing. But the fact is, if George asked John to give him a blow job, Howard would try so hard to please he'd make Linda Lovelace look like a rank amateur.
As a side note, Howard was in Washington on 9/11/01. A friend of mine is in the press gallery and she was there reporting on the trip. Howard was giving a press conference when someone came in and told them all about the attack. They rushed into an adjoining room to see the Pentagon in flames. They were then stuck in the building for some hours during the general lock down.
She described how Howard was pretty much in a state of shock the whole time. That he sat glued to the TV all day, saying little, stunned by the events. Her theory is that this first hand experience has coloured Howard's view of things ever since - left a lasting impression and given him a different perspective. Hence, his unswerving loyalty to George.