May 24, 2019

Aussie Election campaign gets interesting as the ‘real’ Julia rides into town

Is that a grimace or a smile?

For a while Julia Gillard and the Labor party were in control and calling the shots. They set the election on their own terms and enjoyed a healthy lead in the polls. All they had to do was a ‘paint by numbers’ campaign.

Julia Gillard refused to sign up for a second televised leaders debate. Now she is practically begging for two more as long as they are only about the economy. Tony Abbott has said ‘no’ and gotten himself into trouble by saying  “Are you suggesting to me that when it comes from Julia, ‘No’ doesn’t mean ‘No’,” he said, referring to her change of mind.

After a couple of weeks of campaigning Julia announced that what we have been seeing is not the ‘real’ her and she would be herself from now on. This is bizarre behaviour from any politician in any democracy, where consistency and predictability are virtues.

The reason? The polls have locked up and Labors lead has gone in a flash. Stress makes people do strange things and politicians are no exception. The possibility of losing power is the most frightening nightmare of all, especially for Julia who has only just arrived in the top job.

Labor willbe hoping that the real Julia is more appealing than the old one or it will be consigned to the political waste basket as a rare ‘one term wonder’.