The snake regularly sloughs off its old scales and skin. A snake that has taken damage from other animals will have to do this sooner than a regular slough. Part of the recuperation process then is the buffing up of the outer defenses and friction surfaces.
The Labor Party has sloughed off as a snake does when damaged by an opponent. It has emerged from the process with a new motif to its appearance and it hopes, experience informed by wisdom to inform its actions.
Commentary: The ETS, key to the Government’s election response was portrayed in a negative light by Labor’s opponents when it suited. Returning empty handed from Copenhagen, PM Rudd tried to disempower the emerging denial-based alternative government, but succeeded in pissing just about everybody off. God help you when the press gallery are all singing from the same sheet.