It’s the last Friday of a really eventful March – the 90th day of the year, today is also the 170th anniversary of ether anaesthesia, which revolutionised surgery, and the 142nd anniversary of the US giving black men the vote (a shameful 69 years before Australia extended the same right to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, and 88 years for indigenous Australians resident in Queensland and WA).

And it is 974 days (2 years, 7 months and 30 days) until the next election. Tick, tick, tick, Mr Baillieu…