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Stanhope forgets which Party he is Leading

By teepee 22 August 2008 23

Win TV had footage of the venerable / vulnerable Chief Minister tonight saying “I have been leader of the Liberal Party for several years now”. The journos could be heard giggling in the background.

Given that he has upset so many groups with bad decision making and sanctimonious lecturing, this may be a cunning attempt to wriggle out of a tight spot ahead of the 2008 election. If the Libs are ahead in the polls then why not mount a takeover of their leadership? Labor has a majority in the Assembly, so if he really wanted to Stanhope could legislate himself into the Liberal leadership. This week has seen Labor’s majority used to make it illegal for a Labor backbencher to employ her husband, so why not go the next step and legislate to interfere in Liberal affairs as well?

Then again, it may be that Stanhope is simply suffering from a telling Beazley moment (like confusing Karl Rove and Rove McManus). Stanhope is looking ten years older than he looked a year ago and he has a bad week after being expelled by his colleagues from the parliament and censured criticised in a committee report signed by one Labor colleague.

[ED – Anyone else hear/see this? Sadly my recording of WIN died tonight. But wait, here’s the late news run]

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Loquaciousness 5:24 pm 24 Aug 08

Whatsup said :

LOL I admit to “losing” the plot… thanks for the website link Locquaciousness!

No problem. Always glad to be of (somewhat negligible) assistance. 😛


Whatsup 12:18 pm 24 Aug 08

LOL I admit to “losing” the plot… thanks for the website link Locquaciousness!

As far as us being too tough on Stanhope for his ‘little mistake’. I guess we are being harsh because as far as mistakes go, this is tiny in comparison to some of the huge ones he has made. The difference is that we usually don’t see them on camera, they are done behind the scenes and we hear about it later.

miz 10:56 am 24 Aug 08

Stanhope was ‘moved on’ from the Hyperdome yesterday – they forgot to CONSULT (book a position) with management! UNbeLIEVable!

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