Political guru who has accurately predicted every election result for decades says Scott Morrison has ‘run his course’ as Prime Minister after years of glowing praise
- Former Labor Senator said ‘electorate has had enough of Scott Morrison’
- Graham Richardson correctly forecast every federal election for decades
- In recent times he has praised Mr Morrison and been close to other Liberals
A political pundit who has correctly forecast every Australian federal election result for decades said there is an ‘overwhelming sense of doom’ over Scott Morrison.
‘The electorate has had enough of Morrison, and everyone in politics should take note of this,’ said former Labor Senator and party powerbroker Graham Richardson.
Mr Richardson, who has predicted more Coalition than Labor victories over the years, is still considered to have one of Australia’s sharpest political brains.
The Labor numbers man has in recent times praised Mr Morrison and been close to other conservative politicians and commentators such as Alan Jones.
A political pundit said there is an ‘overwhelming sense of doom’ over Scott Morrison (pictured)
In February 2020, after Mr Morrison was heavily criticised for going to Hawaii during the bushfires crisis, Mr Richardson said on Sky News that he was ‘a very good Prime Minister’.
But with the election just weeks away, Mr Richardson, whose autobiography is called Whatever it Takes, has changed his tune.
‘If Scott Morrison embarked on an expedition to try to find some good news for his future, that search would undoubtedly prove fruitless and forlorn,’ he wrote in The Australian, under the headline ‘Overexposed and underwhelming, Scott Morrison appears to have run his course.’
Mr Richardson also thinks the Coalition government is beset with self-doubt.
‘The latest bout of lavishing one-off goodies on the electorate just before an election suggests a serious lack of confidence about the result,’ he wrote.
Mr Richardson said the Liberal Party’s time-honoured tactic of claiming Labor will spend recklessly if they win is no longer available.
‘Given the amount of debt racked up by the Coalition, the task of doing the usual bucket job on Labor as the profligate spenders has been rendered hopeless, if not impossible.’
He added that no government in Australia’s history has spent like the current one.
Former Senator Graham Richardson (pictured) has correctly forecast every Australian federal election result for decades
Though polls got it wrong by predicting a Labor victory in the 2019 election, Mr Richardson said similar predictions now are ‘significant’, especially as many of them have Labor leader Anthony Albanese leading Mr Morrison on the question of preferred prime minister.
Though Mr Albanese rejects the claim of taking few concrete policies into the election campaign, it is certainly true that this time Labor has far fewer policies than under Bill Shorten in 2019.
This relative lack of policies will lead to a highly negative campaign of personal attacks on the Labor leader, Mr Richardson said.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese (pictured) speaks to the media during a press conference at St. John of God Hospital in Perth on Wednesday
‘Albanese’s character will come under sustained attack but he is tough enough to ignore the personal jibes and get on with the job.’
Before the 2007 federal election, Mr Richardson predicted Labor would get a huge swing, win the election and that then Prime Minister John Howard would lose his own seat.
All his predictions were proved true meaning Mr Morrison will be taking notice of what Mr Richardson is now saying.
Former Labor Senator Graham Richardson (seated on left) talks to Anthony Albanese (standing on right) at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, July 30, 2017