According to an editorial in the Australian today, I’m part of the solution, and part of the problem.
According to research carried out by a pair of economists, Andrew Leigh and Justin Wolfers, Australians are a happy lot, coming in 12th out of 77 countries in terms of happiness and 19th out of 78 nations for life satisfaction. More than that, Australians have been shown to be a happy lot ever since pollsters started asking about such things in the 1940s.
The Howard haters, angry at the way their interests are ignored, have locked Labor into a series of policy prescriptions that reflect the interests and attitudes of public sector union officials, academics, party apparatchiks and more than the occasional ABC broadcaster and Fairfax journalist, who just know that what they think matters most.
Update, 29/6: Sydney Morning Herald columnist Miranda Devine makes a surprisingly similar argument, though I’m sure any resemblance is merely coincidental.