Wry & Dry

And now, the end is near...

.. and so Turnbull and Shorten face the final curtain*, so to speak.  These two muppets have successfully lulled W&D into a sense of torpor.

And by tomorrow night, it will all be over.

No more ads; no more late night robo-phone calls; no more nightly-news visions of a leader wearing an ill-fitting fluorescent-coloured vest standing with the hopeful countenance of the local candidate in the background; no more daily tallying of election promises; no more he-said, she-said.

With what will the media now fill its pages and news?

But having said that, readers have been pestering W&D for his views on the election.

W&D, of course, is apolitical.  And so will make the following comments as objectively as he can... 

Firstly, we, the common man, can expect precious little reform from either party.  

The Labor party has abandoned the Hawke/ Keating reforming zeal.   The rise of the Greens has forced it to the left.  It has become a Whitlamesque parody.  

Shorten, a decent man, has become a puppet of his paymasters.

The Coalition has become a modern-day Spruce Goose**, unable to fly as the engines on its right wing won't operate in co-ordination with those on its left wing.  Hence it is stuck on the sea of indecision.

Spruce GooseModern Spruce Goose: The Coalition.  Right wing and left wing unco-ordinated.  So stuck on the sea of indecision

Turnbull, a decent man, is afraid to lead from the front as he is not sure where the front is. 

Secondly, the coalition shot itself in the head with its superannuation policy.  Almost fatal; we shall see.

Thirdly, the Labor party's 'Medi-scare' campaign was brilliant.  Underhanded, sure.  But former coalition PM Abbott wrote the rules on scare campaigns.

Fourthly, the Labor party, mostly ran a strong and united campaign.  The Coalition didn't, with too many pipsqueaks wanting to get the headlines, from former leader Abbott (who was at it again this morning, clearly an attack of RDS#) to superannuation-policy complainers.

Fifthly, on the list of important issues, the economy was, and is, far and away Numero Uno.  The Coalition's campaign focus ('jobs and growth') met the key test of relevance to marginal voters.  Labor's health and education campaign played to legacy Labor voters.

Sixthly, border security and the environment were not major issues - time spent on either was wasted.

Finally, nothing will happen for the next three years, as the Senate will become like the Italian parliament for the past 70 years.  

W&D's prediction?  Coalition to win 79 seats, thereby having a margin of 3 [i.e. 79 - ((150/2) + 1)].

*  with apologies to the late Frank Sinatra and John Grey Gorton, each of whom did it his way.

** The eight engined Hughes H-4 Hercules was the brainchild of eccentric billionaire, Howard Hughes.   The aircraft made only one brief flight on November 2, 1947.  Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminium and concerns about weight, it was nicknamed by critics the "Spruce Goose", although it was made almost entirely of birch. 

The Spruce Goose is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. 

# Relevance Deprivation Syndrome.