Are Labor’s numbers up…or down?

If a week is a long time in politics, imagine what can go right – or wrong – in four long months for any given political party?

It’s a question the MGH would like to pose to The Sydney Morning Herald‘s state political editor Alexandra Smith.

Along with a follow-up question: Didn’t she pay much attention in maths class at primary school?

In Saturday’s edition, Ms Smith writes that if the overnight resignation of Jodie McKay as NSW Opposition Leader leads to a contested ballot for her replacement, the ALP parliamentary team will be rudderless “just 18 months from the next election”.

For Ms Smith’s education – and in the hope of improving her maths – the next NSW state election is due on March 25, 2023, which the brightest person at The Bug – he reckons grade 4 was the best three years of his childhood – reckons is about a handful of days short of 22 months from now.

Seeing politics is a numbers game, you’d like to think any scribe writing about it would get basic numbers right at all times, even if just to give their opinions gravitas and respect.

The MGH agrees with Ms Smith that the task of rebuilding for Labor is going to be tough enough, without her shortchanging the party by four months.


The MGH sometimes likes to highlight harmless little mistakes that say more about the pressures of putting out newspapers and TV news programs with shrinking staff numbers than any suggestion that the modern fourth estate has among its members journos who don’t know, for example, how to use “its” and “it’s” properly.

And spell things like “remuneration” and “commitment” properly. And, of course, “emotional”.

So we did enjoy this little visual blooper from last night’s ABC 7pm news out of Sydney.

Unless Curly from The Three Stooges now works for Aunty putting graphics together?