I was quite surprised by Geoff Gallop's resignation as Western Australian premier yesterday. Can't blame him for being depressed though. What, exactly, did he have going for him?
He was premier for five years and all the news reports can say about him was that he put an end to old growth logging, created a bit of electoral reform and signed the biggest gas deal in WA history. Doesn't sound like he achieved a lot.
Look who he had in his team:
Eric Ripper - Treasurer and, relatively, placid deputy premier (not much of a threat). Not too many redeeming features.
Allanah Mactiernan - Former Minister for "Drink Driving" and now Planning and Infrastructure, which could also be called "How to waste money on a metro rail project".
Michelle Roberts - Minister for "I have no idea how to run a police force", otherwise known as the Police Minister. Could also been known as the Minister for Escapees at Large.
Ljilljana Ravlich - Haven't seen too much of her but she doesn't inspire me with her handling of the Education ministry.
Jim McGinty - Attorney General, Minister for Health, Minister for Electoral Affairs. Overseeing a criminal justice system not held in high regard. Bit spineless.
Yes Geoff, I would be depressed too. The cynic in me says that he won't be seeking treatment in the public health system. Now I see that as a failure of your government.