The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Friday, May 18, 2012

Andrew Leigh delivers the best Australian political speech I've ever read...

Wow, what a blockbuster. This is why I donated to Andrew Leigh's campaign at the last election. This is why Andrew has so much potential to one day emerge as a great Australian leader. As Andrew knows, I haven't always agreed with everything he has written, or his approach. I thought, for example, that his last speech on inequality was very weak, appealing to Australians' imputed sense of comparative justice for regressing the extreme outperformers on the right-hand-side of the labour distribution back to the mean. But his speech today, which dispassionately studies Australia's economic history, and then offers thoughts for the future, is simply brilliant. I agree with everything in it. Honest, thoughtful, bi-partisan, and brave. A must read here. Well done mate!