Southcott was actually right but no one cares.
Yesterday Opposition Employment spokesman and toffy Adeliadian, Andrew Southcott, looked awkward and uncertain at a doorstop. Journos challenged him on a point of detail about surpluses and deficits under the Howard Government. This curious little cameo on the ABC News reflected more about the press gallery than it Southcott because he was right.
The Carey College graduate, Peter Costello, handed down twelve Commonwealth budgets two of which were in deficit. Southcott never said the former Government had not delivered deficit budgets or that there were ten consecutive surpluses. He said there were ten surplus budgets, a fact beyond dispute.
Southcott should learn from Mr Pyne: just because you have an Oxford-on-the-Torrens accent chiselled by St Peters College and the Adelaide Club is no excuse for lacking confidence in front of the most vain and ignorant of political beasts â€“ television journalists.
The transience of those journalists also indicates that Sydney Grammar educated Turnbull and St Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ School alumnus Bishop have yet to cut through with the press gallery.
The Liberalâ€™s narrative about undesirable deficits this financial year is not cutting mustard with economists either, even though polls indicate the wider public prefer government surpluses to deficits.