John Howard is still completely missing in action. Maxine McKew declared victory in Bennelong nearly a week ago, but he is yet to publicly concede or speak to the press.
It is said that he privately conceded to the returning officer, but this is not a public process.
Now, there’s nothing compelling him to concede, but given that he reveres himself as an awesome statesman and historic figure, isn’t his sudden invisibility just a little strange? It lends the impression that he has slunk away, mortified, rather than conceding graciously to the woman who won his seat from him fair and square.
So, Mr Howard, now that you’re just a regular citizen again, how about formally offering thanks and bidding farewell to the electorate that has supported you since 1974? Otherwise, we’re all just going to think you’re a sore loser.
While you’re at it, you might want to update John Howard, MP.