The campaign to sink labor...
Kevin Rudd made no secret of his fury at the strong anti-Labor editorial stance taken by News Corp papers during the 2013 election campaign, but a new book by one of his closest advisers reveals how hard he first tried to find favour with News after he returned to the prime ministership.
A diary written through the turbulent time by strategist Bruce Hawker, published as The Rudd Rebellion: The Campaign to Save Labor, argues that News Corp’s campaign against Kevin Rudd and Labor played a significant role in Labor’s loss because the newspapers did Tony Abbott’s “dirty work” for him, allowing the Coalition leader to stay positive and persistently blowing the Labor campaign off course.
“News Corp is easily the most powerful political force in Australia – bigger than the major parties or the combined weight of the unions … I saw how, on a daily basis, the storm of negative stories that emanated from News Corp papers blew our campaign off course,” he writes.
But Hawker also reveals that in the first days after Rudd returned to the leadership, he and his advisers were expecting, and working hard for, a more positive relationship with the organisation that controls 60% of Australia’s print media circulation.
A major concern for Rudd and his advisers one week after he resumed the leadership, for example, was one News Corp paper’s angry reaction because the Rudd team had “dropped” an exclusive story to another News Corp paper.
If Rudd though he could swing the Murdoch machine around in his favour, then he is far more stupid than I thought — as well as having had a nasty hissy fit towards Julia... What a ludicrous silly idea: try to get Murdoch to support Labor! Who was the "strategist" behind this? Any dog and his drover would know that would NEVER happen in this political climate... NEVER. NEVER NEVER...
The plan at the merde-och stable was always to unsettle Labor no matter what. This process for the boffins at the merde-och stable was quite simple: unsettle Julia by propping up Abbott was never going to be enough... So they had to use Rudd's deviousness to undermine her, by cajoling him and then, once Julia is gone, kill Rudd of the planet... It worked like a charm and many of the Labor silly boffins fell for the trap.... I saw it coming like a fully laden mining truck. I have mentioned this a few times on this site, way before Rudd "took over again"... A BIG TRUCK... The plan for Murdoch was clear as a bell.
It was a sad day when Judas Billy (Shorten) changed his allegiance.
Now prepare yourself.
Should Judas Bill Shorten announce that Labor goes with Tony the Rat to kill off the Carbon Pricing, it will be time for all of you, the real Labor faithful to abandon ship and move to the socialists — or the Greens at a pinch. But it would be important for the foliage people to change leader — not because Milne is a female but she is quite ineffective overall. She windmills a bit like Don Quijote. It's about time to have a bit of gravitas rather than whine in that party...
The whole Rudd episode was a sad case in the Labor Party... When he decided to undermine Julia rather that support the party to "victory", he played in the hand of Tony Abbott who could not believe his luck, as the completely unelectable underdog... But this was part of Murdoch plans all along... Keep Rudd dancing... Both men of course, Rudd and Abbott, are not so secretly B A Santamaria followers, Santamaria having been a mad religious nut who wanted to enforce a strict religiousness into Australian politics — especially Labor's, which by the way is still strongly entrenched in the Catholic religion at its higher echelons. Mix this silly religious concept with capitalism and you end up with Tony Abbott. Tony's manic raves are then followed by the inevitable contritions followed by more stupid raves, degradation and nastiness — and punishment, not of him but of others, especially you. Typical catholic jumbo junk imbued with deliberate misinterpretations and full-blown nasty revenge in the name of the Dollar-Yaveh...
Meanwhile Clive Palmer is like a koel, the cuckoo of Australian politics. He feathers his progeny in other people's nest... Easy: the Greens' patch, the Liberals, the extreme right, all are targeted with an image of a nice fat bloke talking of "honesty" and opportunity for all, while ignoring the many important problems and pissing on honesty when making secret deals with other nuts who got elected by default and are only interested in carburettors. What do you expect, Clive has a nice rallying cooee with tons of cash... Pity it's deception-plus with a crescendo melody — that will destroy the fairness of this country. My view.