A FEW months back when John Howard celebrated 10 years in office, Phillip Adams announced that, while the past decade had felt more like a century, "we Howard haters are popping the corks". Why? Because the anniversary in February "marks the approaching end of the Howard millstone", Adams said.
"We Howard haters" are not few in numbers and some occupy important places whence they project their opinions to the Australian public. For instance SMH's Allan Ramsey calls Howard "a toad".
Phillip Adams in The Australian has never had a good word for Howard, often comparing him unfavourably to Keating. Can't say that ABC isn't biased either. For some reasons, however, the Australian public isn't paying much attention to the haters as seen in recent polls on Channels 9 & 10, where viewers expressed a 70% to 30% preference for John Howard over Kim Beazley.
As a result of today's rate rise there will be lot more attacks on Howard, many being based on his promise of no rate rises made during the last election. How seriously will this affect his chances of being elected for his fifth term?
What do the forum members feel about him? Love him or hate him? What are your reasons?