Update: Mark Vaile has been nominated for the Dead Parrots Society Hall of Fame.
Mark Vaile has been the weakest link in the Coalition team this year. Doesn't seem to have recovered from the AWB scandal. This is despite giving up the Trade portfolio so that he could nurse the Nationals at home. Babysitting Barnaby Joyce seems to have been a full time job as we have seen this week with Joyce's support of Labor's proposed IR changes. Too busy to keep any sort of profile as Deputy Prime Minister. I bet a poll of electors would find they think Costello holds that job.
Anyway, he's worked out what the problem is, why they're losing the campaign:
Federal Nationals leader Mark Vaile says he would have liked the business community to have done more to support the Coalition's industrial relations laws during the election campaign. Business didn't back WorkChoices enough: Vaile (ABC News, 21 November 2007)
I'm sure Howard would have liked Mark Vaile to have done more all round. More of the blame game next week if the polls are to be believed.
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