Monday, May 19, 2008
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While I feel for him, no one would want to be in his position, he has made a fundemental mistake. Given the pressure of poor polls he has chosen a populist route to try to improve his postion. Completely understandible.
However, clearly it has had the opposite effect, and probably sped up his demise.
It would have been far more sensible to focus on ensuring that the voters continued to believe that the liberals were sound economic managers. Malcom understands that.
It's a long hard road, and dependant to a certain extent, on the government making some mistakes, but hey, they are a first term government, if they are going to make mistakes it happens early. Well, that is, until they've been in power 10 or so years and the mistakes come from arrogance.