Former Prime Minister, John Winston Howard, continues his whistlestop tour of America in defence of those personal attitudes and government policies rejected by the Australian people on 24 November 2007.
It's all a bit sad really. Instead of trying for a dignified position on the world stage as a former head of government, Mr. Howard has opted to act the embarrassing old f*rt.
Refusing to believe that he could have been wrong and also refusing to accept that his public intransigence may yet have a direct impact on the political survival of the Liberal Party of Australia.
ABC News yesterday published this brief synopsis and video link to his 10 March speech to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, billed on the school's webpage as "A Conversation with the Honorable John Howard".
"Former prime minister John Howard has again defended his government's record in a speech in the United States.
Mr Howard addressed students at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government.
He spoke about his support for nuclear power in Australia and his opposition to Australia signing the Kyoto Protocol.
He has also restated his opposition to a formal apology to the Aboriginal Stolen Generations."
John should have ignored Janette's desire to pursue the fleeing tatters of former glory and stayed quietly at home.
I wonder if Harvard Uni and his other hosts know that they are objects of ridicule for taking Howard so seriously? For paying him $50,000 a hit to spout a very unoriginal piece of sour grapes from what appears to be a single compilation of highlights from his 2007 election speeches.