Tim Blair


New Criterion



Sunday, October 10, 2004
First prize for apologies for Latham's failure must go to the man he defeated, Kim Beazley.

While carefully failing to rule out another run at the spot himself, Beazley smothers Latham with praise for pulling Labor out of the electoral hole Simon Crean had put it in.

We would have lost thirty seats without Latham, argues Beazley.

Consider this. After Crean announced his resignation from the Labor leadership, and before Caucus elected Latham, Labor's vote jumped to 52%.

I suspect Beazley won't mind being corrected.