the theatre of politics...
As most of the mainstream media uses epithet like "disaster", "Labor's shrivelled bacon", "chicken Kev", "catastrophe" and even a "%$&(#@ that" to describe Julia staying in the PM chair — and of course blames Julia and Swan for the "debacle" (it's not a debacle — it was actually lancing a big boil that has been festering in the Labor Party), I for one could not be happier... Having been through many changes of fragile government in Europe, I can see a Shakespearian drama/comedy being climaxed... and there will be a clever twist at the end... Julia wins the election...
Of all things, I am happy that Latham has blasted Rudd, Fitzgibbons, Crean and — of all dudes — Graham Richardson who may have been orchestrating this Rudd plot, backstage... As Latham points out, Richardson was the clod who promoted Obeid in the Labor Party...
Meanwhile, despite the high-church turmoil in the Labor Party, the sour grapes are really starting to be crunched in the Abbott camp as the Australian economy is STILL doing fine under Labor and its important carbon pricing, new Labor policies about caring for the disabled have been passed, Pensioners have given more cash to play Bingo with, by the Labor government and Labor's Murray-Darling plan for water management has been accepted. The only setback her is that the NBN is running a bit late, due to a shortage of expert technicians... I can't see how the tin-can solution of Abbott/Turnbull could go pass this curly one without making a mess of it... According to the CEO of the NBN, this does not affect the completion of the project as planned...
The whole political drama on 21st march 2013 was about polls, not policies while in Rudd's dismissal case it was about BOTH...
Mr Rudd this morning issued a statement ruling out ever being Labor leader again.
He later told reporters in Brisbane that he did not challenge Ms Gillard yesterday because he did not have the numbers to win.
"I gathered my key friends and ministerial colleagues together in my office yesterday afternoon after Simon Crean's statement and I asked for their views," he said.
"I asked Chris Bowen for his views. I asked Anthony Albanese for his views. I asked Joel Fitzgibbon for his view, Richard Marles, Alan Griffin, as well as Kim Carr.
"And the truth is this, I asked them, what are the prospects for us obtaining a significant majority? Their collective response was zero.
"I asked them what are the prospects of us obtaining a majority, to which their response was zero.
"I then asked them under these circumstances... what should I do? Each of them said to me, 'Kevin, I believe you should not run because it would divide the party'."