John Winston Howard now associates himself with Hawke and Keating:
During the course of his speech last night (twenty minutes, with no notes – “He’s still got it in him! He’s still sharp! No notes!” breathed my neighbour, admiringly) Howard made much of the resilience of the Australian economy.
He credited it to the “twenty-five years of reform” this nation has experienced.
It seems that he is trying to avoid standing in the spotlight alone – on anything other than economic issues, his legacy is pitiful.
(On economic issues, it’s negligible.)