The last three days all the spotlight has been on the potential new leadership of the Australian Labor Party.
I say “all’’ because in the three days after Saturday’s debacle all the chatter was about why the ALP lost the unlosable election.
So three cheers for Anthony Albanese, Chris Bowen and someone called Jim Chalmers for relieving the pressure on Bill Shorten and the party.
Indeed poor old Chris went to a lot of trouble to announce his candidacy, in front of the old family fibro house in Smithfield.
But just 24 hours later, give or take, he fronts the cameras to announce that while he thinks he can win in the ALP caucus, Albanese is far too popular among the members, so he’s out of the race.
To say that it was all a bit of a shambles would be the understatement of the week.
Add it to NSW Labor’s delay in getting a new leader after their loss to Gladys on March 23 and it gives the party of Gough and Hawkie and Keating a distinct look of amateur hour.
But back to the main game and why Bill Shorten lost Saturday’s election.
Here’s our Top 5 reasons Bill’s Labor bus crashed and burned on May 18, 2019:
Number 1. People didn’t like Bill.
Number 2. The people liked Bill even less when Bob Hawke passed away and his greatness was compared to Shorten’s shortcomings.
Number 3. Queenslanders.
Number 4. Franking credits.
Number 5. The Libs won more seats than Labor.