Kevin Rudd – Wayne Swan’s saviour?

Wayne Swan has long had great respect and friendship for Kevin Rudd (after all they both attended Nambour High School) – here are some things he has said of the former Prime Minister

 [Rudd's] dysfunctional decision-making and his deeply demeaning attitude towards other people including our caucus colleagues …

The Labor Party is not about a person, it’s about a purpose. That’s something Prime Minister Gillard has always known in her heart but something Kevin Rudd has never understood. He was the Party’s biggest beneficiary then its biggest critic; but never a loyal or selfless example of its values and objectives. For the interests of the labour movement and of working people, there is too much at stake in our economy and in the political debate for the interests of the labour movement and working people to be damaged by somebody who does not hold any Labor values.

She [Julia Gillard] has a consultative, respectful relationship with caucus while Kevin Rudd demeaned them. She’s cleaned up a lot of the mess he left her and has established a good, Labor agenda. She’s delivering major reforms, and getting things done that her predecessor could not. Colleagues are sick of Kevin Rudd driving the vote down by sabotaging policy announcements and undermining our substantial economic successes.

A recent ReachTEL poll of voters in Swan’s seat of Lilley show that he is highly likely to lose his seat – unless Kevin Rudd is returned as prime minister. I understand that Swan is making overtures to Rudd for a rapprochement.

 

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20 Responses to Kevin Rudd – Wayne Swan’s saviour?

  1. Amfortas

    Two narcissistic, hypocritical little shits should get along fine. Heck it only our money.

  2. jupes

    Newman burn Nambour High to the ground and salt the earth.

    You know it makes sense.

  3. Jim from Brisbane

    That’s not the problem – as Amfortas rightly says, they’ll be able to kiss and make up; the prize is worth more than whatever integrity they have left, birds of a feather and all.

    The absolutely critical question for Australia is whether the electorate is prepared to look beyond the BS, the spin, the self aggrandising moral parading, the unbelievable record of managerial incompetence, the sliming of everyone who disagrees, the naked use of legislative power to look after donors and let them back in.

    That’s what’s going to be interesting.

    I reckon from where we sit today, it’s even money.

  4. H B Bear

    Watching The Goose lose his seat will be one of the greatest electoral pleasures thrown up in the last 20 years. With Barnett to be returned in WA, he’ll end up as a director of MV licensing in SA or Tas, at least until Red Ted gets thrown out.

  5. Skuter

    Man, I sure hope they do it. Firstly, the irony of Rudd and Swan burying the hatchet…in Gillard’s back…is delicious.
    Secondly, the coalition election ads have already practically been made. How on earth could the ALP have any credibility left, even amongst the low information voters?

  6. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    “burn Nambour High to the ground and salt the earth”

    No.

    Track down the blokes who refused to include them in the playground games, publicly fete and medal them for their good judgment, then beat them mercilessly for foisting the revenge for that exclusion on the electorate.

    I’ve reconsidered – yes, burn Nambour High to the ground and salt the earth.

    Then patch those fellas up with Betadine and big-boobed nurses and gift them Lilley and Griffith. Strayn woikingk famlees could benefit from such prescience.

  7. m0nty

    I understand that Swan is making overtures to Rudd for a rapprochement.

    Bullshit, Samuel. As if you’d know.

  8. Gab

    I see monty is in his usual chipper mood.

  9. Steve of Ferny Hills

    Track down the blokes who refused to include them in the playground games

    My good Labor mate LJ went to school at Nambour SHS. He was a year after the Gooose. He says the Goose was a very good League player. Captain of First Grade IIRC.

  10. H B Bear

    KRudd exhibits all the signs of not being beaten up enough at high school. This would not have been allowed to happen at a decent private school. Another failure of the public education system – and what is Lurch going to do about it?

  11. Andrew

    We know the current Labor values Swan talks about. Corruption, back room deals, back stabbing and ripping people off.

  12. Paul

    I wonder whose office m0nty works out of?

  13. bennie

    @ Skuter. Gillard’s ads will be pitched at her strength (women) – So we’re likely to see something like this

  14. Samuel J

    I understand M0nty works in Wayne’s office

  15. Lew

    H B Bear,he must have been a slippery little bastard even back then because I’ve never seen a head that was more demanding of a comprehensive and regular punching.

  16. Jannie

    I would love this to be true, but there is no ref to Rudd in the articles I googled.

    Also note that “The ReachTEL telephone poll was commissioned by union United Voice”

    Why? Why would a cleaners union commission a poll into the seat of seat of Lilley? I know they have money to burn, but that much?

    Funny.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    So … will Munty be working at the Tasmanian DMV as a Clerk IV this time next year?

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Why? Why would a cleaners union commission a poll into the seat of seat of Lilley? I know they have money to burn, but that much?

    Because, Jannie, there will be some Craig Thomson clone in the Queensland Moppers Union who will be trying to convince the Pardee to tap Wayne, and will be using the poll numbers to back his case.

  19. Leigh Lowe

    My good Labor mate LJ went to school at Nambour SHS. He was a year after the Gooose. He says the Goose was a very good League player. Captain of First Grade IIRC.

    Did Swannie lead the lads in the team song when they went down 31:15 (that’s not really a deficit chaps)?

  20. davey street

    Well prior to seeing the light and leaving Queensland five years ago, I had reason to be around the local media in Swan’s electorate on Monday March 4th, two days after the 1996 election, in which Swan lost his seat to the Lib’s Elizabeth Grace. When the new MP and her staff arrived at the electoral office that day, journalists were told it had been trashed. The phones, computers, shredders, anything that could be trashed was trashed and photographs were then taken. The pics never saw the light of day in the local Labor leaning Quest newspaper, the Northside Chronicle. More to the point, even the most casual observer of Queensland politics for the last twenty years know Swan and Rudd, who represent adjoining electorates split by the Brisbane river, hate loathe and abominate each other and always have since their schooldays at Nambour High. The notion of Swan remaining Treasurer if Rudd took over is silly. Bill Ludwig instructed the ALP to put Swan into place as opposition Treasury spokesman after Latham’s 2004 wipeout and Beazley’s accession to Labor leader yet again. Today Ludwig who was boss of the AWU when the Gillard/Wilson fraud was discovered (and did very little about it at the time), no longer has much power in Queensland politics. A new PM Rudd would simply chose someone else as Treasurer because he didn’t want Swan in the first place but was told by Ludwig to cop it sweet after the 2008 election. Swan was Ludwig’s man, but Rudd knows how utterly incompetant Swan is as Swan’s track record since 2008 has proven.

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