Ring around the rosies, a pocketful of posies, atishoo, atishoo, they all fall down. More than just a tissue note from the sweaty palm of former defence minister Ian McLachlan set throats and whispers agog and agagging.
Breaking the new week was enough to rip through the otherwise iron clad conjoined set of Prime Minister John Howard and Federal Treasurer Peter Costello.
Burning to light, the deal Howard promised Costello twelve years ago to hand over the leadership of the Liberal Party following one a half years in office. Miasmatic cloud of industrial relations shifted away in the gleaming gaze.
Back rooms, parties and the swill of the quill etching a recording of twelve years and now. Quick to deny even such a deal, the promising promise of deals done dearly in the past adds only to the fire of Costello looking to wrestle control of the country within his hands proper.
Looking to wrap the weak week on a high note, it's close to certainty that with the leak of this less than oblique bubbling squeak, Costello will make a direct challenge for the leadership later in the year.
Australia's intent, abortive or otherwise, to switch leaders can not beat the line up made later in the week by the Polish government. President Lech Kaczynski was able to shift lock his very own twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, into the position of the new Prime Minister, replacing outgoing Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.
Portraiture sessions will no doubt be halved in the event that Kaczynski usurps Kaczynski in an iron mask flavoured break from one house to another.
Written on Friday, 14 July 2006