I told Gillard two basic truths which needed to guide her parliamentary career. One was that she should never deal with Kevin Rudd, a non-Labor man addicted to media attention and leadership destabilisation. As the product of a Queensland Country Party family, his instincts were more about self-promotion than social justice.
In the greatest mistake of her career, Gillard offered Rudd her caucus numbers to make him leader in 2006.
My other advice was to face up to the cancer inside Labor’s culture, the problem of sub-factional warlords.
I wrote about this extensively in The Latham Diaries, but instead of accepting the need for organisational reform, the party depicted me as a madman.So wrote Mark Latham.