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January 31, 2013
Perfectly in control one day, totally fucked the next
It's again about conveying the impression of strong leadership, saying that she
is in charge, making the big decisions, seizing the initiatives. She
tried this a week ago on a more minor scale when she dumped Senator
Trish Crossin for high-profile Aboriginal candidate Nova Peris, although
that didn't go too smoothly.
It's notable that Gillard uses the personal pronoun more than most
leaders, stressing the ''I'' rather than talking about ''we'' or even
Twenty four hours later:
Australian Labor Party federal MP Craig Thomson: "declined an offer to surrender himself before
he was was arrested at his electorate office and charged with 150 fraud
offences, police say."
Tim Mathieson, he of the politically incorrect nervous jocularity, is suddenly looking like the smartest and most in-control person in the room.