Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The facts won't speak for themselves - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The facts won't speak for themselves - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "The left may have a host of number crunchers, graph bloggers and fact checkers, but as the conservative political machine knows best, you don't need the truth on your side to win an argument, writes Jonathan Green.

The conventional wisdom has it (a wisdom somewhat sensitive to the aspirations of Labor, it must be said) that the ALP's great electoral deficiency lies in its inability to sell a compelling message.

If only, the argument goes, the Australian voting public could glimpse the abundant good works of this Government. If it could but feel the width of the legislation, the solidity of the economic management, the vaulting agenda of constructive social reform ... if voters could truly see these things, how could they contemplate any vote other than a Julia Gillard vote?"

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