Anyone who sells Julia Gillard short is asking for big trouble. She is a formidable political operator as the routing of Kevin Rudd today has shown [see The Australian Gillard Routs Rudd in Party Ballot to the tune of 71-31]. Kevin, too, felt the same lack of respect that I see is all too general on the right side of politics who are for no reason I can think of, disdainful of Gillard and her ability to achieve outcomes. She wins, and is now the most powerful Prime Minister this country has had in years. There is nothing she wants that is beyond her grasp being in cahoots as she is with her soulmates in the Greens.
Today’s Newspoll results should terrify the Libs. Two Party Preferred: Coalition 53% – Labor 47%. This is an average sort of result for a government in the midst of its term, not a party in the midst of a supposed bloodletting. You irritate people by doing things, who show a kind of displeasure by pretending they will vote for the other side when they never would. As I look at things, the Coalition and Labor, even in the midst of this ALP fight to the death, are virtually tied. And when Gillard finally rids herself of Kevin Rudd, she will have destroyed not just a rival for her job, but will have left him powerless and friendless, utterly lost on the back bench. If I were Kevin, I wouldn’t be so sure about pre-selection either.
And what has been said time and again in this leadership stoush is that the electorate still hasn’t been informed of the compensation package that will be built out of the money taken through the Carbon Tax. This is money that will become a slush fund of immense proportions that will be used in every marginal and across the board. The CPI will go up, industry may shrink, living standards may fall but if you are a leftist know-nothing, you live to become the Lady Bountiful of the masses, which Julia Gillard will then most certainly become.
I fear people misjudge Julia’s competence. She has shown herself incredibly able at the job of leading a party and it is she who is Prime Minister, not Kevin Rudd and not, in spite of everything at the 2010 election, Tony Abbott.
The 2013 election is far from lost for Labor.