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Mike's Minute: I want ScoMo to win

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Fri, 20 May 2022, 9:39am

Mike's Minute: I want ScoMo to win

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Fri, 20 May 2022, 9:39am

I want Scott Morrison to win tomorrow, because I am a big believer in reward for effort.

It’s a funny thing, human nature. Australians are down in the dumps at the moment, and it’s similar to here. Confidence is low and cost of living is an issue.

We are way worse off than them but they don't care, that's why the brain drain isn't coming our way. When what you have isn't as good as what you had, you question who to blame, and it's almost always the Government.

So, Scott Morrison and the Coalition face the same issue all governments do. How did they handle Covid, what's the state of the economy, how long have you been in office, and what's the state of the opposition?

And it is that last part that deserves to be judged.

In Australia, the reality is they have a more traditional layout politically than we do, their Labour Party is Centre Labour. Bob Hawke, Helen Clark Labour. They are not the co-governance Three Waters ideologically driven Labour we currently have.

And as such if they win, the country doesn’t get tipped on its head. Labour and the Liberals are fighting for the centre.

So, in that sense you can mount an argument that the campaign has counted - certainly the polls show it - that huge numbers a few weeks back were undecided. And that’s because whether you voted Albo or Scomo the world wasn’t changing all that much

Albo was introducing himself to many Australians who were paying attention for the first time in 3 years, and that is why the polls have closed. He's hopeless. He's boring, he is not your mate, he can't talk, he can't remember his own policy and the stuff he does remember is made up. His campaign has been a bust, if they lose it's his fault.

Morrison on the other hand has done this time what he did three years ago, but possibly this time even better to the extent that this time everyone knows him and some want to punish him.

So that’s why I want him to win, because if he has been able to take the baggage of government and Covid and still turns votes his way, it will be the greatest victory in modern Australian politics, possibly all Australian politics. He will go down in history as one of the greats.

I also want him to win because he's the better person for the job.

It's a choice of two, not the finest two Australians you can find, but that’s politics. The truly great never go near it.

But out of the choice you’ve got, he has spanked Albo into next week. He is bright, aspirational, articulate with a self-belief all great leaders need.

But - reality check – polls, although tight, still suggest it’s a long shot

And if he loses it won't be a surprise, but if he wins, they will be talking about it for years.

What we know is that a forgone conclusion has been made a race, which alone is a victory.