March 03, 2006

The Daily Telegraph leader says it all

The third leader in today's Daily Telegraph celebrates ten years of John Howard's premiership, pointing out that our own Conservatives could learn a thing or two about his success:

He has combined various policies about which the British Right is nervous these days into a powerful cocktail that brings him triumph after triumph.

A markedly traditional and conservative take on social questions - most notably manifested in his immigration policy, where he has steadfastly maintained Australia's right to choose who lives there - is combined with economic liberalism.

Most compelling of all, though, is Mr Howard's determination to uphold his country's culture, and to rejoice in everything that is properly Australian. Such self-confidence and straightness are good for his people. They would be good for ours, too.

Perhaps, when Mr Howard gets tired of being a successful Australian Prime Minister (if he gets tired of it), he could come and sort British politics out.

Posted by Helen Szamuely at March 3, 2006 11:16 AM

Or, even better, if we get our collective act together quickly enough, perhaps Howard can be the Anglosphere Federation's first Prime Minister.


Posted by: NewSisyphus at March 3, 2006 11:19 AM

Or replace Kofi.

Posted by: richard Heddleson at March 3, 2006 11:48 AM

Replacing Kofi would mean keeping the UN. Nah. Not going along with that.

Posted by: Helen at March 3, 2006 12:15 PM

Yes, and I like his term "an outcrop of Western civilisation" opposed to the deeply misguided Keating vision, which was to Asianise Australia's identity and distance itself from its historical ties with Britain and the West.

Plus the good news: They're now going to play a few bars of God Save The Queen at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Once again, Howard saved the day from the mischief of Victoria's republican politicians.

Posted by: The Monarchist at March 3, 2006 03:59 PM

Anglosphere Federation! Haha Winston Churchill is toasting you from his grave!

A federation is unlikely in the short-medium term. An Anglosphere parliament, however ... that's more likely. Even Latin America has a common parliament! John Howard can be Premier.

Posted by: Anton Traversa at March 4, 2006 01:09 PM

He is just such a fine man! I have a friend who lives in the neighbourhood of the PM's residence and she's a speedwalking freak. Out every morning around six striding around the neighbour and she often encounters him and his couple of bodyguards out for his constitutional. He always recognises her with a polite "G'Day!" as she steams by.

Posted by: Verity at March 6, 2006 08:25 AM

Re the UN, I'm with Helen. I suspect John Howard is of a similar lmind.

Posted by: Verity at March 6, 2006 08:26 AM
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