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.