The tea-to-stumps session of the fourth and final day of the New York StuporTest will start in a few minutes. The big question is: will GW Bush accept the Republican Party's unanimous nomination for President? Let's hope not, and make this Circ... er, Convention worthwhile.
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I could count the number of conservative politicians in Australia whom I respect on about two fingers. Tim Fischer is one. Malcolm Fraser is the other.
My feelings about Fraser were much different back in the 1970s. I detested him as a Liberal Prime Minister. I blamed him for back-stabbing his way to the top, having shafted John Gorton and Billy Snedden, and then orchestrating the blocking of supply in 1975 in order to shaft the Labor government of Gough Whitlam. I found his government to be hard-line conservative, and cheered as his bottom lip quivered while conceding the 1983 election to Bob Hawke.
I have to confess that I watch The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox "News" Channel sometimes (it's on live at 10am here, repeated at 1pm and 6pm), mainly from a perverse fascination in watching the interviewing skills of someone so smarmy and devious. I'd heard in advance that Bono was going to be on his show, and was expecting some sort of fireworks.
It's on. JWH didn't want to do it on the weekend of the AFL grand final, or the weekend of the NRL grand final, and he didn't want to call it during the Olympics. The federal election will be held on October 9.
I'm going to leave the nuts and bolts of documenting this campaign to other bloggers to whom I shall link selectively, but I'll put my voting intention cards on the table right now.
I think that it is extremely important that the Howard Liberal/National Government is removed from office on October 9. In my view, John Howard is manifestly unsuitable to govern this country. He has presided over the most inhumane, most dishonest, most arrogant Australian government in my lifetime. He has done his darnedest to unravel much of the good work done by Hawke, Keating, Whitlam, even Fraser.
The Australian Olympians are home, they received a bipartisan polly reception at Sydney Airport on Wednesday morning. Let's put the wrappers on one of the darker moments of the Aus Athens campaign... The Sally Robbins Story.
You can just see Steve Cram dribbling over his keyboard as he wrote his BBC Online recap of Saturday night's athletics. But you can probably close off the polling for the 2004 BBC Sportsperson of the Year right now. Kelly Holmes has it in the bag. She won the 1500 metres to add to her 800 crown earlier in the week.