Niki Savva has an excellent op-ed in the Australian:
What unsettled the Labor critics so much and what has confounded the public is the stunning mismatch of words and deeds, and the promise of stability coupled with acts of shock and awe. Only an exceptional leader could conquer these contradictions; then again, an exceptional leader would not create them.
It didn’t pass the sniff test. Nor did the story that the timing was designed to keep Rudd at bay. All that did was foster the belief that everything Gillard does is designed to ensure her own survival. Roxon and Evans didn’t sound like rats, but they certainly looked like them and smelled like them, and that was the only sniff test that counted. And if that’s offensive, sorry, but I am not sorry.
That last sentence is an instant Liberty Quote.
After trying to turn him into mincemeat last year, Labor ministers now want him to help them win the election by playing monkey to Gillard’s organ grinder. As he said when he revived other unpleasant memories of his leadership by engaging with media outside a church, give us a break.