Inevitable Election Prediction
All right, so I may be embarrassed tomorrow, but here goes.
In primary votes, the Liberals are way ahead. But with preference deals counted, most polls show them at 48% and Labor at 52%.
Tim Blair has all the bases covered, but suggests the most likely outcome is a three to eight seat victory for Labor.
If the polls are right, the overall swing may not be enough to give the Liberals a clear victory.
But the polls may not be right.
Julia has shot herself in the foot over the last couple days with her incessant bleating about how rotten Tony Abbott is, and how Work Choices would be back on Monday if the Liberals win. She looks tired, brittle, and untrustworthy.
I suspect the swing will be slightly stronger than the polls suggest.
But the overall swing is less important than the extent of movement in particular marginals.
Labor will lose seats in New South Wales and Queensland. They seem to be hoping to pick up two in South Australia. Julia is an Adelaide girl.
I doubt this will happen. The Rann government is not as popular as it was, and however Julia may try to distance herself from unpopular state governments, Labor is Labor.
The Greens will not win their seat in Melbourne.
The Liberals will win by two seats.
This may make effective government difficult. But Tony Abbott has shown over the last months that he can command loyalty and draw disparate party elements together. He will be a good Prime Minister.
In the Senate? The Greens will not get the vote they hope for. But the pixies in the garden parties may still hold the balance of power.
Incidentally, and in case you were wondering, I am not a member of the Liberal Party. The only political party I have ever belonged to was the Socialist Workers’ Party. That was at university.
My views have changed since then!