To the victors the script-writing

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 13 2018 - 11:14am, first published September 14 2009 - 2:39pm

John Howard always made quite a thing of his humility about the triennial verdict of the Australian electorate. He had no shame about doing things to get their approval, but accepted their verdict and their right to make it, even if it proved to be against him. He might not have wholly accepted what Bill Hayden said, that the voters' collective judgment usually proved itself sound but the record was an argument for history, not a dispute with the umpire.