Now this article in The Age asserts that Janette Howard proudly supports her husband. Very true. However if the chronology reflects the journalist's notes accurately, then it also shows a wife who is supplying verbal prompts to keep her man on the ball.
We have previously seen film footage of Janette having to physically guide John in the right direction.
All this is typical behaviour of the partner of a first-stage dementia sufferer. At that stage when if given the right verbal cue, the sufferer can still appear fully competent and aware on a day when cognitive function has been erratic.
The question of John Howard's fitness for office is not going away.The Age article: