Alan Ramsey, October 11, 2004:

Latham’s time will come. Believe it.

Alan Ramsey, August 31, 2007:

Kevin Rudd will be prime minister by Christmas. Bet on it.

UPDATE. Andrew Bolt has much more on Al’s predictive genius.

Posted by Tim B. on 08/31/2007 at 11:01 PM
    1. But Ramsey was right: Latham’s time did come. In fact, it sat outside his house, honking the horn for hours, but was completely unaware that Latham was out somewhere working off the calories from a couple of sacks of extra spicy chicken wings by wrestling with a nosy photographer.

      Posted by paco on 2007 08 31 at 11:20 PM • permalink


    1. If the Rudder and his Whitlamonics gets in, we’ll all be trying to maintain the wage

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 08 31 at 11:21 PM • permalink


    1. A Christmas a bridge too far away, in Ramsay’s dreams, hopefully.

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 08 31 at 11:24 PM • permalink


    1. I would bet on it.

      There is a missing generation which has not felt the pain of Labor governance.  “It’s Time” ™ for the sheeple to really feel the pain of stupidity.  They really deserve it.

      I harbour no doubts whatsoever that Krudd and his minions will romp it home.

      Preparation is 90% of coping.

      Posted by Kaboom on 2007 08 31 at 11:26 PM • permalink


    1. Alas, I fear that senile ol’ Ramsay may well be right this time round.

      As Kaboom has said, preparation is paramount. The ALP wastrels will piss away all the benefits of the economics boom, and we filthy capitalists had better be well dug in financially to weather the attack on wealth (aka redistibution) that the socialists will begin within 24 hours of being elected.

      I can hear the Labor hogs snuffling and drooling at the smell of the Treasury trough already.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 08 31 at 11:49 PM • permalink


    1. I thought Ramsey was dead.

      Posted by Hanyu on 2007 08 31 at 11:56 PM • permalink


    1. #6 Just pining.

      This prophecy is the biggest boost for the Howard Government in months.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 09 01 at 12:10 AM • permalink


    1. Keep those kiss o’ deaths rolling in.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 09 01 at 12:11 AM • permalink


    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has nightmares at the prospect of a labor government.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 09 01 at 12:12 AM • permalink


    1. I agree that ramsay is probably right.  Forget the polls -the bookies have been backing Rudd for some time now. I suspect the PM knows the tide has turned.

      First significant move – mr. baldy will reappear from under a cow turd and cancel the Tassie pulp mill.

      After two years, a lot of punters will be asking themselves “What have we done?”
      BTW has anyone got any of the old “Dont blame me, I voted Liberal” car stickers??

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 09 01 at 12:16 AM • permalink


    1. #6
      Juz smells that way?

Hopefully, he just gave the Rudder the kiss-o-death.

Posted by egg_ on 2007 09 01 at 12:19 AM • permalink


    1. Well, if he keeps shotgunning predictions like this he’s bound to guess correctly in a few centuries….

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 2007 09 01 at 12:51 AM • permalink


    1. Old man Ramsey called all Aussies a mob of idiots when “we” got it wrong, in his opinion,last time. He doesn’t realise his brand of JWH hatred only helps the Lib vote. Also remember, it’s not the overall % that get’s the lodge, it’s the votes in each seat! So stand by for more bile when JWH just slips in but with less a much reduced majority. The swing could be in already Labor seats.

      Posted by JPMAC on 2007 09 01 at 01:16 AM • permalink


    1. #5. Pedro the Ignorant.
      I am already in that very process. To the point of having relatives overseas assist.

      Posted by BJM on 2007 09 01 at 01:54 AM • permalink


    1. Nostradamus he ain’t!
      I love his reverse predictions. If Rudd’s a cert, Howard will bolt in.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 09 01 at 02:07 AM • permalink


    1. Don’t forget peoples, this was The Ramster’s prediction on the morning of the last election, 9th October 2004:-

      People are sick and tired of Howard, and many of us detest him for his duplicity, his divisiveness and his gross mendacity.

      Gee, Grizzled Al confuses his hatred for Howard with an actual outcome. Not only were people NOT sick of Howard, they returned him with an increased majority AND control of the Senate.

      There’s something about a dunce like Ramsay that makes you wonder. When is this doting, delirious, demented old dessicated coconut going to retire for Heaven’s sake???!!!

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 09 01 at 02:13 AM • permalink


    1. I reckon everyone will vote Howard thinking that because everyone else is voting KRudd, it doesn’t really matter about just one vote.

      Imagine the tally room if that event occured. Red Kezza would pop his clogs, and the rest of the communards? The pursed lipped sanctimony could be cut with a slegehammer.

      Posted by CB on 2007 09 01 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. As Kaboom said, coping is all in the preparation. Labor had its mitts in my wallet & the spouse’s up to 49% of our earnings in the 80s-90s. They won’t get the opportunity a second time. Pity I can’t say the same for our kids.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 09 01 at 02:59 AM • permalink


    1. I’m grateful that Ramsey didn’t predict a John Howard win and put the kibosh on the Coalition.

      BTW, why are some ready to concede a win to the Kruddster when supposedly we haven’t even begun the pre-election process?  Do you really believe much of what the media puts out in this country?

      I have a gut feeling that John Howard will still fall over the line. Many a slip, and all that…

      Posted by ann j on 2007 09 01 at 03:05 AM • permalink


    1. #4 Kaboom!!! Don’t doom me!!!

      As for the others, I believe Rudd and his mates could get in, but if they do, well, the idea scares me. To do that, Labor will have to give them my money, but sh!t, I’m more willing to move to Italy than give them that!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 09 01 at 03:06 AM • permalink


    1. Ramsay’s Sheilvoyant.
      Explains everything, really.

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 01 at 03:36 AM • permalink


    1. Rudd will get in, but his tenure will be short.

      Middle Australia doesn’t hate Howard the same way the hated Paul Keating.

      When Rudd is PM, the focus will be on Rudd.  He won’t be able to play “me too” anymore.  He will take wishy washy positions which will avoid media criticism but ultimately earn him the contempt of the public.  And then, he will get voted out again, having achieved little more than the wastage of taxpayers’ money on a few pet projects.

      Posted by 2dogs on 2007 09 01 at 03:36 AM • permalink


    1. “Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.”—Marechal Ferdinand Foch

      “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”—H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.

      “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”—Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.

      “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”—Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

      “It will be years—not in my time—before a woman will become Prime Minister.”—Margaret Thatcher, 1974.

      Kevin Rudd will be prime minister by Christmas.”—Alan Ramsey,  2007.

      Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 09 01 at 04:05 AM • permalink


    1. There are some key points.  The first, mentioned by a couple of friends on the blog, is that many people simply have no recall of the last labor years – 21 year old voters weren’t out of primary school. Only old buggers like me still have nightmares of the Whitlam disaster.
      And the interest rate issue is hurting -people over-committed and maybe having to sell the 4wd to pay the mortgage will turn to krudd’s snake oil.  They will find things tougher as the %age rate continues upward, and suddenly the job folds up.
      And many of the more vapid voters, especially the young, will simply feel that it’s time for a change….which is less of a political position than a fashion statement!!!!Hope I’m wrong.PS #20 Ash_   I presume you aren’t a Muz….can you emigrate to an EU country??

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 09 01 at 04:07 AM • permalink


    1. Speaking of Sheil, any more pronnouncements of late?

      Ramsey and Sheil, well at least it’s better than examining the entrails of a chicken.

      Posted by Nic on 2007 09 01 at 04:14 AM • permalink


    1. I think what Kaboom said is absolutely spot on. There is a generation of new voters coming through who don’t know what it’s like to experience ALP economic mismanagement and dodgey largesse (ATSIC, Arts grants anyone?) and who simply do not appreciate that the Opposition is not just a new crew keeping the ship steady on the same course and bearings as before.

      I also think that there is a large proportion of the electorate who behave like teenage kids in a prosperous, upper middle class family (the Liberal Government) who get things easy but get tired of mum and dad not letting them take the family car when they want to go out boozing at the HSC grad party, so they want to go and live with their trendy gay uncle (the ALP) who lets them stay up all night, procrastinating when it comes to work and study, and throwing money at them so they can party, party, party. But a little while later they wake up and realise that the cool uncle lacks any real substance, or ambition, is all talk and no action, and won’t help them pay the bar tab. Plus he’s a bit of prissy little bitch who kind of backstabs sometimes and is useless in a fight if you need help. So they pack their bags and go live in mum and dad’s place. By then, their room may have become a study, so they’ll have to settle for the cold downstairs flat near the garage, and maybe mum and dad will expect them to pay a token rent this time. But they’ll be home, and mum and dad will likely pick up the tab for all of their irresponsible partying.

      And then we can start trudging back along the path to economic well-being. Sure, we’ll have lost three to six years and our accounts will be in arrears, but screw it, there’s no other option.

      Posted by Abu Chowdah on 2007 09 01 at 04:27 AM • permalink


    1. #23 eeniemeenie
      and don’t forget this one….“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…….”  –  The final words of General John Sedgwick, Union Commander in the U.S. Civil War.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 09 01 at 04:32 AM • permalink


    1. #17
      One of the finest moments in ABC broadcasting was the 1996 election tally.  Red Kezza’s stunned visage when the magnitude of the swing against Labor became clear was an image I will ever cherish.

      Posted by lotocoti on 2007 09 01 at 04:32 AM • permalink


    1. Spoke to a mate of mine last night. hes a copper, ex-arm, owns a rental property and is in the process of paying off another house he lives in. He is extremely active on the stock market and neary doubled his annual income using that alone.
      He dislikes the whole Aboriginal gravy train and sends his kids to a private school.Last night he described himself as a socalist…. I may have upset him by laughing outright at that.
      But if a bloke like that cant see why hes doing well, then what hope for anyone else??

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 09 01 at 04:35 AM • permalink


    1. To Ash:

      Thanks for the note Ash.
      Don’t worry about it Ash. We all fall out of the tree occasionally.

      No Ash. I’m not a pollie or a journo.
      I’ve been in advertisng all my life.
      I’m a copywriter by trade (trained under Bryce Courtenay)
      but web builder and jack of all advertisng trades these days.
      I’ve always been a politcal animal and I specialise in Ramsay, Carlton, Adams.
      (Everyone needs a hobby).
      I have massive archives of stuff – newspaper clippings and thousands of articles and columns.
      I delve in and can usually find something interesting or amusing to add to a thread.
      My other speciality is hypocrites. They get the blowtorch from me at every opportunity.

      Take care.
      Give my regards to Belgrave.

      aka Alan of Sydney
      aka Barb Dwyer (think about it)

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 09 01 at 05:08 AM • permalink


    1. Bonmot aka Alan aka Barb,

      A-Sooo, you were at McC-E in a past life? They crossed swords sometimes with the spouse’s agency, of which he was creative director.

      I enjoy your posts, very concise, logical, to the point. I especially liked your summation of Rudd’s cabinet. Deserves wider circulation.

      Cheers, maree

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 09 01 at 06:01 AM • permalink


    1. Stand back everyone, I’m having a Ramsey moment!

      John Howard and his government will not be returned to power, and Alan Ramsey’s head will not explode on live TV when the figures come in.

      Phew, glad that’s done.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 09 01 at 06:16 AM • permalink


    1. #30,

      Hurdy Gurdy, Hurdy Gurdy.

      Hurdy Gurdy Man.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 09 01 at 06:35 AM • permalink


    1. …parody of a US president… LOL

      Like George Bush, John Howard is dead man walking.

      To Alan Ramsey, US Democrats and leftists of all stripes, please listen and try to comprehend: George Bush is not running for re-election. George Bush is not running for anything. On January 20, 2009, at approximately 12:01pm EST, George Bush will be officially retired from office after which he will repair to his ranch in Crawford, TX. Until that time, however, he is still the POTUS (the most powerful position on the planet, if I’m not mistaken) and still the Commander-in-Chief of the US military (the most powerful on the planet, if I’m not mistaken). Live with it.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 09 01 at 12:00 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, and, Go JH! We’re being told he’s a good 22 points behind in polls. True?

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 09 01 at 12:04 PM • permalink


    1. Kyda, it varies, but he is way down and slipping. More significant, IMO, is that the bookies down our way have him as the outsider, with krud a strong favourite

      And they’re dealing with $$$s

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 09 01 at 06:48 PM • permalink


  1. #28 locoti

    Election night 2004

    “This isn’t happening”


    Posted by Pickles on 2007 09 03 at 02:07 AM • permalink