June 26, 2013

Rudd should call it a day

Tomorrow, or Friday, is supposed to be - yet again - the reckoning for the Federal ALP.

Stand and deliver. 

Put up or shut up.

An end to the self-indulgent leadership nonsense.

Kevin Rudd, who has no future in politics, not as PM, and not as opposition leader, should end this silliness by doing something surprising:  announce that he will not be standing at the 14 September election.

Now that would, finally, give the ALP and our media something else to endlessly gossip about.

Only by leaving politics - this week; and he should have done so long before now - will Rudd be able to enjoy basking in what's left of his rock-star politician reputation.  

If he chooses not to call it a day, there will be no remnants left to keep him warm. 

He should go out on his own terms, of his own timing, with whatever dignity he can muster. 

The time is now.


  1. Anonymous9:58 PM

    There ya go - the ALP just re-purchased a second hand rudder. What a waste of time and cash the last few years have been.

    Now that Kev has recaptured the crown there is only one thing he should do, and he should do it immediately...and that is...resign.

    Yep, you are absolutely correct Caz, he should leave the political game and try another game (hairdressing sounds good) - and wouldn't such a resignation be a hoot.

    If only, if only the world out there would behave as it does in my dreams.



  2. "Australia deserves better than this". So Tony Abbott who is, apparently, the "better" rather than the "this". Seemingly. Not at all. Oh dear.

    Her failings - politically - are manifold. The lack of tactical acumen acute. The exclamation mark on that being the ridiculous announcement of a September election in January. The gender politics of recent weeks - even given the stupid glad-handing by Coalition neanderthals such as Mal Brough - was the final political misjudgement.

    Whilst I'd never describe myself as "bright" and "intelligent", I could see myself making such similar political missteps were I in such a position. Gillard is "bright" and "intelligent". Unfortunately she lacked political acumen. Her advisors need to take some serious blame as well.

    A Then again, as many a later Roman emperor found, murdering your predecessor is no guarantee of stability.

    1. I'm very sure that many of us would describe your good self as "bright" and "intelligent", Father, and I'm sure all grown ups with any self knowledge have lives littered with missteps.


      Gillard's first mistake was knifing Rudd.

      Second mistake was the empty gesture of declaring that she wouldn't move into The Lodge until after an election, in doing so, declaring that she didn't consider herself to be the legitimate Prime Minister.

      Third mistake was to promptly call an election, rather than taking advantage of a full 18 months incumbency to make her mark.

      Fourth mistake was to declare that the real Julia was now going to be paraded, but the real Julia walked, talked and looked exactly like the pretend Julia.

      Fifth mistake was to have only one policy interest, being education, and to rest an entire prime ministership on that narrow portfolio, and to bungle it.

      Sixth mistake was to keep announcing "reforms", which were no such thing, and with no detail, no budget, no idea how anything would work. (The disability insurance is case in point: the pilot doesn't even start until 1 July, so the parliament and the states have signed up to goodness knows what - no one even knows what services, to whom, nor how much it will cost, and full rollout is many years away ... that's NOT a reform, that's pissing in the dark. Also funded in an inappropriate manner, because neither party has the nous to manage the economy or major initiatives properly - bung a tax on, that's the solution to everything. No sophisticated thinking needed.)

      Oh, and after the first seven or so missteps, things really went downhill for Gillard.

      She might be bright and awfully nice when dealing with individuals, but she was a dreadful leader.

      Rudd might have a fine intellect, but he was a crap PM.

      They both should have resigned last night.

  3. Be afraid


    Image courtesy of someone commenting at Catallaxy Files

  4. Is that sexist? And if so, on what side of the gender wars is it on?

  5. I don't believe this.

    The Gold Coast Bulletin (and I think also the Brisbane Courier Mail) are touting this (along with SoO 2) as a double victory for Queensland.

    1. It's either a double win for Queensland, or lose-lose.

      That photo is unfair to knitting, but I've used it on Facebook anyway.

  6. Murdering you predecessor is the problem Caz. I don't - necessarily - disagree with some of you your above, the murder was always always the issue. Knifing an emperor is never a good look. She took the decision and she's worn the consequences ever since. This is why Rudd looks good in the polls.This will evaporate quickly once Gillard is gone. Rudd's raison d'être is Gillard and, with her gone, it will all waste away...

    There will be some some nice "come together" statements from the Rudd camp and other bullshit from the ALP

    1. It's the cumulative missteps that resulted in people "not listening".

      So much poor judgement.

      Funny the two - Rudd, the crowd pleaser; Gillard, the interpersonal pleaser.

      Neither of those extremes is ever going to work for someone in such a high position.

      Would be funny, wouldn't it, if Rudd won?

      Don't underestimate how popular he is. Strange to me, but a lot of people think he's the right guy for the job.

      But, just like the last time he beat Abbott: then what?

      Neither Rudd nor Gillard have any foundation for why they what to run a country.

    2. Nor does Abbott. His entire campaign is "not them'.

      Someone needs to ask him "why you?" The answer cannot proceed from "because of them".

  7. I can't agree with that, Abbott has a written record - yes, he writes books, and articles.

    Rudd certaintly writes articles, but by gosh, do you remember what they said? Yes, he's against capitalism! Smart man, much?

    Gillard has no written record, not even from university days. A vacany that's unusual for an aspiriing prime minister.

    I do agree that this election campaign will now be Abbott and Rudd at 50 paces, each pointing at the other: "anyone but him".

    On the other hand, Australian's do not respond well to negative campaigns, and I do believe that both parties are going to be forced onto the front foot with policy.

    Rudd will definitely be announcing and undoing ALP policy, so Abbott will have to match. That can only be a good thing, in a dire environment.

    Interesting that Rudd was exhorting more kindness in parliament, and there we have the chuffed and chirpy Anthony Albanese, can't believe he's the deputy PM - he and Rudd both grinning away.

    I don't know, Father, could almost be a winner: new PM, new policies, lots of newly minted / promoted ministers, all grinning like happy kids.

    All bets are off, I think. Anything could happen! At least it will be more interesting than the scenario that had dragged on far too long with Gillard and Abbott.

    1. Something better happen soon. Very soon. Before that appalling idiot Rudd provokes a war with Indonesia.

      I remember Gillard raised serious and as it turned out enduring doubts about her judgement, indeed intelligence, by announcing there had been a deal with someone (East Timor?) to house entrants within a day of getting the job. The only problem was there was no deal and the announcement killed stone dead any chance of getting one.

      What Rudd said is about ten times worse and that's charitable. Can he be impeached?

      Come back Julia. All is forgiven. Rudd is dangerous.