As for majority gummint, Tasmanians voted for that last time and look what we got. It’s an inescapable fact – one that will chase the Premier in nightmares like a heat-seeking missile – that we are at an election well over a year early because his majority Liberal government collapsed. All by itself.

Forget activists up trees or whining about salmon pens bringing state industry to a halt, ha!, the Liberals splintered on their own, largely over the immensely stupid AFL deal.

After secret negotiations even his Cabinet wasn’t privy to, suddenly unveiling a hideously expensive stadium project Tasmania doesn’t need on land that is manifestly unsuitable was almost guaranteed to make skittish backbenchers ornery much.

It did. After all, conservatives don’t like expensive whimsy as a rule.