Though I'm sure he won points by putting Reagan and Thatcher on a pedestal, not to mention the old "liberal media" canard.
It's all a bit sad really, what he's been reduced to. Until you actually listen to what he's saying, then you realise it's not nearly reduced enough. Howard slams Rudd on IR, Iraq
Former prime minister John Howard has hit out at several of the Rudd Government's policies while giving a major speech in the United States.
Mr Howard has given an address at a gala dinner for the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, where he received the Irving Kristol Award.
He has told the audience that scrapping the WorkChoices laws is the first time in 25 years that a major economic reform has been reversed.
"That will be a mistake," he said.
"In particular, bringing back the old unfair dismissal laws will stifle employment growth amongst small businesses."
And he has described his disappointment at the moves to bring Australian troops home from Iraq.