Sunday, July 04, 2004

Can a Latham change it's spots

Michelle Grattan in The AGE makes the sensible point that politicians can change their behaviour.

"One precedent often raised is Bob Hawke. Before he became an MP (although he was already in public life), he drank heavily and womanised extensively. He was often not a pretty sight. If he didn't get into physical fights, he was so verbally aggressive that he often looked as though he might.

Yet Hawke put that behind him and was a very good and well-behaved prime minister."

And goes on to suggest that Mark can do it too. I agree. After all Tony Abbott before he was famous was just a smug, arrogant, sanctimonious, jumped up prick. Now Abbott is just a ....

Perhaps Michelle is wrong with some people.

Before Mark settles down there is a lot of people who would like to see him do one last yob act. Just when Abbott is prattling on in parliament one day I'd like to see Mark get up and walk over and snot him one on that smarmy snout. I'm sure a lot of Libs would shift their vote to Latham after that too.