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Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 03:42 pm
Jane Wheatley of the London Times attempts to profile John Howard:
A short, grey man in his sixties with a whiny voice, Howard lacks any sort of contemporary charisma, yet in Returned & Services League clubs in country towns he can sit and talk sport and sheep and weather and, like his heroine Margaret Thatcher, he remembers people’s names.
Alas, Jane herself does not remember much at all, assuming she ever knew much to begin with:
[Howard] became a Liberal MP in 1974 and was rapidly promoted in the right-wing Menzies government …
Sir Robert Menzies retired from politics in 1966. John Howard became an opposition MP in 1974. Wheatley continues:
He bounced back as leader just in time to defeat the Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating in the 1996 election, pronouncing himself “Lazarus with a triple bypass”.
Howard made that comment seven years prior to his election in 1996.
(Via Peter Kerr)
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