All this talk of prime ministers makes me think: who was the best of them all?I toss up between Whitlam and Keating; Whitlam for his social reform and Keating for his economic inroads.I know, it's an old, subjective and endless discussion. That's why it's fun.
Who do you think and why? I like Keating but for all round skills Bob Hawke was the ultimate in my view, because he had that Clintonesque combination of a very powerful intellect and folksy down-to-earth manner.
Keating, like Costello in the present situation, couldn't see that he was at his peak as offsider to somebody far more electable.