SO, So, so depressing
Australia is headed for another term of conservative government, in fact with a swing towards the discredited, morally bankrupt, reactionary regime.
I was thinking of all the Bangkok taxi-drivers, not usually known for their knowledge of international affairs, who were horrified by Howard's "America's deputy sheriff in Asia" comment. The international damage, not to mention the national, will take decades to repair, if indeed it is repairable.
I'm off to the London archives to chase down some 17th-century slander against the king and government; hopefully that will cheer me up.