NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was Australia’s best politician since Paul Keating and the cross-party sadness at her resignation said everything about her calibre and public support.
Keating left school at 14 but was hugely intelligent and pragmatic, characteristics shared by Berejiklian.
Sadly they are absent in our government which ever since it took office four years back, has constantly demonstrated spectacular incompetence in a host of areas.
Faced with Covid it has relied on fear-mongering and found an initial receptive but now rapidly dwindling audience.
Labour politicians come from safe risk avoidance backgrounds; of school-teaching, the public service and such-like. Their strength lies in ideas; their weakness in management. The latter always involves accepting risks for the greater good outcome but their underlying nature is driven by risk avoidance at all costs. They are thus hopeless in dealing with crises.
John Key is 100% correct. We must learn to live with Covid, just as the rest of the world mostly is doing.
The mood of the nation increasingly reminds me of 1983 when the public’s unwavering faith in Rob Muldoon finally turned to despair. Jacindamania was nothing compared with the Muldoonmania of the mid-1970s.
The 1983 despair lay in the then negative view of the alternative Labour Party, similar to the current view of the National Party. Despite that, two years later the government was swept out of office, exactly as will happen in two years time.