Niki Savva is on fire

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.

Magnificent.

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16 Responses to Niki Savva is on fire

  1. Mother G

    Nikki is a must read. She has been around politics long enough to have impeccable contacts. Today we read another brilliant assessment from her.

  2. Samuel J

    As if Rudd would want to help Gillard after she stabbed him in the back. A bit like the divine Caesar forgiving Brutus.

  3. The more they use Rudd in the campaign, the better for the Liberal party. If he becomes a major part of the campaign, all the Libs will need to do is put together a compilation of ALP members badmouthing Rudd. If they can find some broadcastable extracts from a certain sweary-video you’ve got a great campaign ad with which to counter the “Tony Abbott’s a thug” lie. Personally I think the more we see of that condescending, hairdryer-demanding, flight attendant-terrorising, sociopathic bully the better – then people will remember why they deserted him in the first place.

  4. Tintarella di Luna

    Personally I think the more we see of that condescending, hairdryer-demanding, flight attendant-terrorising, sociopathic bully the better

    An adjectivally accurate assessment of Rudd if I’ve ever seen one, Plato.

    And I think it the Opposition to programatic specificityically on top of their game if they used it, with your permission of course.

  5. Tintarella di Luna

    “to be”

  6. Up The Workers!

    A strange Party, the A.L.P.

    A partner in Slater & Gordon is shown the door for her deceit and corrupt dealings and exposing the other partners to legal risk through unethical, shoddy practice.

    Ordinarily, a dismissal like that would kill a career, but the A.L.P. said: “Just the qualifications and background we need in a future A.L.P. Prime Minister!”

    Kevin Rudd was rubbished, ridiculed, vilified and abused BY HIS OWN PARTY COLLEAGUES last year, and this year, they are all hoping that he will ride in like the “Milky-Bar kid”, and save them from oblivion.

    “Thinking” isn’t the A.L.P.’s strong point – which is why they appointed the likes of Christine Milne and Sarah Halfwit-Bung to do all their “thinking” for them.

    Which just goes to prove that “thinking” isn’t the A.L.P.’s strong point!

  7. Tom

    As Mother G says above, Savva’s weekly opinion piece in the Oz contains more actual intelligence about what’s going on in Canberra than the rest of the week’s reading put together. When she was in the press gallery full-time for the Melbourne Herald-Sun, Savva was an old-fashioned toiler and foot soldier who understood (unlike the current Fairfax ferals, who flaunt their political activism) that if you kept your opinions to yourself, you had the best contacts and got the best scoops. The Fairfax disease can be traced back to the cost-cutting that went through the joint in the 1990s and early 2000s. Clowns like Andrew Jaspan actively encouraged the opinionisation of news as a half-arsed philosophy to paper over the void left by the decimation of staff numbers.

  8. Cold-Hands

    Another Savva line from the story that had me smirking Costello-style:

    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.

  9. C.L.

    Gillard’s devotion to lying constitutes a health problem.

    She is a morally sick person.

  10. south

    The time was never riper for Ruddy to break away and finally form that alternative centrist party people have been talking about for years. There’s still 8 months to go, plenty of time to organize. With discontent for the ALP at an all-time high and voters still not convinced the Coalition is the answer, what’s keeping him there? He must be almost certain of a comeback before September.

    Though knowing Rudd, even if he did start a new party he’d probably ruin it by calling it the Aussie Fair Go Party or something stupid like that.

  11. South, if the absence of a Centrist Party is the problem, Rudd is NOT the answer.
    Now go stand in the naughty corner for a week…

  12. south

    Oh I never said I would actually vote for them… Far from it.

  13. Borisgodunov

    The Krudster s mates will have his Send Off after the election in a phone box!

  14. Jazza

    Love Nikki Savva’s work–one can TRUST her!

  15. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    “Thinking” isn’t the A.L.P.’s strong point – which is why they appointed the likes of Christine Milne and Sarah Halfwit-Bung to do all their “thinking” for them.

    Which just goes to prove that “thinking” isn’t the A.L.P.’s strong point!

    Love your work, Up The Workers. Not crazy about your screen name (I’m in favour of people working), but who am I to judge what you mean?

  16. Food for thought

    Hellenic goddess with a heart,soul and intelligence

    No wonder so many pollies employ smart Greeks….

    Behind the scene of course.

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