Politics: 2013 Contents Rudd will lose election 17 August 2013: Failure to lead, offer alternative. Sartorial case notes 9 July 2013: Newman’s clown wardrobe says it all. Beware Calvinist barbarians 6 May 2013: Abetz’s dark, recidivist vision. Judging Thatcher’s legacy 14 April 2013: Mercy for the dead, unholy remains for the living. Howard’s Iraq apostasy 11 April 2013: Historical revisionism from the would-be cricket captain. The Murdoch doctrine: hail the ruinous orthodoxy 8 April 2013: A merciless, immoral vision for ‘free markets’. In god we trust … 17 March 2013: Has Western politics destroyed the rule of law? Abbott missing in (in)action 6 March 2013: What exactly does the Prime Minister presumptive stand for? Summers should get head out of arse on misogyny 3 March 2013: The PM is not being victimised because he’s a woman. Xenophon affair shows failure of foreign policy 21 February 2013: Time to stop playing at UN bigshot and plug holes closer to home. Open Letter to Jack Waterford 4 February 2013: Canberra Times editor’s callousness reflects his city’s inhumanity. Bien pensantism: pretentious political ignorance 2 February 2013: Ignorance is what it is no matter how well-meant. Election 2013 Notebook: February 2 February 2013: Canberra shenannigans. Spurious math: 480,000 bribes elect next Federal Government 31 January 2013: Speculating about Queensland marginal electorates. Swan’s Australia Day message for generations gone by 28 January 2013: Treasurer’s reactionary imperial cricket fantasy. Election 2013 Notebook: January 27 January 2013: Canberra shenannigans. Katters never change their spots 26 January 2013: Bob Katter and party won’t go away anytime soon. Gillard can’t really lose on Peris 22 January 2013: PM’s interference in pre-selection not a blunder. Roxon’s rocks in the head on discrimination 16 January 2013: Attorney General’s Bill is unconscionable. Roxon’s politically correct witch-hunting season 10 January 2013: The Scarlet Letter turned into a Bill.