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Friday, October 15, 2004
 
John Lanchester has been observing the Australian election campaign.
You can go whole weeks reading the broadsheet press without encountering a new idea; you can listen to hundreds of hours of broadcast debate and encounter nothing but received wisdoms. The void gapes at its widest when there is a conspicuous attempt at pretending to fill it: the frowning politico miming thought as he makes a 'big' speech to set out policy; the extensively press-released think-tank paper whose main purpose is to draw attention to itself; the utterly formulaic broadcast debate.
"Miming thought". The best summary of Mark Latham's Marksism I've read.