Those in Labor seem to treat Gillard’s spin merchant, John McTernan, with awe and reverence. He is supposed to be the brains behind Gillard, and is responsible for the present attacks seeking to brand Abbott as a misogynist.
I think she has chosen badly – McTernan’s tactics have always failed. Rather than helping his master stay in a job, McTernan has ensured the master’s removal.
From a range of relatively junior positions, McTernan became Tony Blair’s spin merchant in late 2005. By June 2007 Gordon Brown had unseated the Prime Minister.
Then he helped take out his next master, Des Browne, Secretary of State for Scotland in 2008.
Then he saw off Jim Murphy, the next Secretary of State for Scotland in 2010.
He took up his present role in Gillard’s office just over a year ago (September 2011), and it is only a matter of time before McTernan takes her out too.
McTernan’s true genius is making people think he is helping while quietly undermining them.