O’Shannessy is working hard to keep Labor down to 45. This week, changing the rules (again), he refrained from ringing on Sunday night, when everyone is home, a Newspoll first, did not list Katter’s party, at 7 percent, probably, or its likely Labor-favouring preferences, did not count a million ‘undecided’ or ‘refused’ (hang up when a foreign voice answers) and counted only 1146 votes not the 1200 that (probably) answered, sometimes grumpily.
Even then he couldn’t get Abbott’s approval above 31, the lowest ever for a Liberal leader in the sixty-eight years of the party’s existence, or above Gillard’s, 39 to his 38, meaning seven million eight hundred and twelve thousand adult Australians don’t want him as Prime Minister.
The actual figures, as O’Shannessy well knows, are Labor 49 and Coalition 51, and with Carr as leader would be Labor 53 and Coalition 47. No mobile phones were rung, no Friday night filmgoers, no Saturday morning soccer mums, no Saturday night bar staff, no Sunday morning bushwalkers or churchgoers or cricketers, and no-one at all on Sunday night, a Newspoll first.
He cheats with his every breath, does O’Shannessy, to please — as I suppose he must — the great cheat Murdoch, that unfit person to run an international company, and Labor staffers believe him, and so it goes.
I invite him to reply to this, or let it stand unchallenged.