Comedy alert. What follows is a parody. It seems some readers actually thought it plausible that this was written by Chris Mitchell.
Guest post by Chris Mitchell, editor of The Australian.
Kevin Rudd’s prime ministerial ambitions lie in tatters today after yet another devastating opinion poll, this time from ACNielsen. For all the ignorant whingeing levelled at the government lately by out-of-touch ivory tower eggheads, loony left web loggers, civil libertarian do-gooders, bludgers and parasites from the Aboriginal industry and (SNIP – maybe I was a bit harsh on poor old Chris with this last one), the Coalition primary vote is still on 39 per cent. This is profoundly significant because, as those who really understand opinion polls can tell you, only four of the previous nine changes of government occurred after ruling party support remained steady in the last month before the election whose name began with a J.
Minor details of the poll include a Labor primary vote tapping on the door of 50 per cent, a further widening of the two-party gap from 57-43 to 58-42, growing opposition to Australian involvement in Iraq, little support for the notion that high house prices are caused by inadequate land releases by governments, and this can’t be right movements away from the Prime Minister on those all-important performance approval and preferred leader ratings.
In other news, it seems not even The Age can spell ACNielsen (I beg your pardon if this has been corrected by the time you read this).