McTernan telling Labor MPs how they will vote

In 2010 Kevin Rudd was rightly criticised for having his wunderkind – Alister Jordan – threaten MPs thinking of defecting to Julia Gillard. Now Julia Gillard is having Mr 457 himself threaten Labor MPs thinking of supporting Rudd. The SMH reports

As hostilities between the warring camps worsened on Tuesday, Rudd loyalists complained that Ms Gillard’s communications director, John McTernan, had implicitly ”threatened” potentially wavering MPs by reminding them that any spill motion would be done via a ”show of hands” rather than by secret ballot – the method for the final leadership selection.
Rudd supporters were incensed that a non-member of caucus was ”telling MPs what happens inside the caucus room”.

But it is even worse. Here we have someone who isn’t even an Australian citizen telling Labor MPs how they will vote and the risks (to themselves) of voting against Julia Gillard. (Mind you, many of these same MPs are likely to lose their seats under Gillard).

It seems that Julia Gillard has the knack of magnifying every Rudd error. Sometimes it her own lack of judgement; other times it is Mr 457’s lack of judgement. But in every case, where Rudd fails, Gillard is worse. For a person who as Deputy Prime Minister had the reputation of being consultative and decisive, Gillard as Prime Minister has been insular, indecisive and divisive.

The so-called “Master of Spin” is digging a deep hole for his boss. I’ve noted before that McTernan has the amazing ability to undermine his client while collecting a good salary. Surely, on a pay for performance, McTernan must rank as the most expensive and least productive prime ministerial adviser in Australia’s history? Since McTernan arrived at the PMO, Julia Gillard’s poll numbers have inexorably declined.

The amazing thing about Julia Gillard is how bad she has been as Prime Minister. There are probably 5 million Australians who would be better as Prime Minister than Kevin Rudd. Unfortunately Labor chose the one Australian who could be worse.

Still, I expect and hope that Gillard remains as Prime Minister until the election. While her ability for stuffing up is legendary, Kevin Rudd is bent on revenge and would be worse still. Out of these three Prime Ministers – Kevin Rudd Mark 1, Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd Mark 2, the latter is likely to be worst of all. Here is a former Prime Minister whose heart has been simmering for three years with bitter revenge. For three years Mr Rudd has been visiting Rhamnous and worshipping Nemesis. The irony, though, is that Rudd is also afflicted with hubris and will be punished by Nemesis.

Following Confucius

To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.

Kevin Rudd reads the names of his enemies several times a day.

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22 Responses to McTernan telling Labor MPs how they will vote

  1. what planet am I on?

    To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.

    Forgiveness, a beautiful concept.

  2. Leigh Lowe

    From News.com

    One senior Gillard supporter was still dismissing the prospects of a challenge, claiming: “We’ve seen this all before – The blokes doing Rudd’s numbers couldn’t add three oranges and a pear together.”

    There’s our next Labor treasurer right there.

  3. WhaleHunt Fun

    You are completely wrong. Its worshipping, not worshiping.
    Other than that you are of course completely right.

  4. WhaleHunt Fun

    three oranges and a pear together.”

    There has to be a joke about the independents there.

  5. Louis Hissink

    Well, one has since gone pear-shaped, or shott his oaks, as it were.

  6. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    There are probably 5 million Australians who would be better as Prime Minister than Kevin Rudd.

    Wrong, Sam.

    There are twenty million. Your idiot nephew could have outperformed Rudd.

  7. H B Bear

    The show of hands ballot. Reminds me of the days in the 1980s when you would be bussed to the Tom Price oval in the Pilbara to “vote” for whatever the union reps had come up with.

    Just like the Labour caucus but with Comcars.

  8. DavidJ

    She seems quite the workplace bully. Textbook in fact.

    Why won’t WorkSafe ACT, AHRC or Unions Australia step in?

  9. Popular Front

    Isn’t there one fair dinkum Australian man or woman in the ALP rabble to stand up to that greasy pommy creep and simply say “sit down and shut up or I’ll punch your head in”?

  10. boy on a bike

    Gillard knits while Labor burns.

  11. Borisgodunov

    Ya doan. Vote fer jools we send de boys from de Communist Fascist Marxisy Engelist Union round ta break ya head,dis is da Union labor pardee yer in,den we tell de meeja what a naughty boy ya been Capiche?

  12. inedible hyperbowl

    If the caucus vote for a spill, then I suggest to all readers that you make sure your shovels, cat and dog are safely locked away.

  13. lotocoti

    Kevin Rudd reads the names of his enemies several times a day.

    Now I have an image of Kevni, in his onesies, doing the Arya Stark thing.

  14. Boambee John

    Popular Front (901903):

    Labor is populated with Epsilon males (a few steps down the wimp scale from Beta males)!

  15. Robbo

    It’s all worked out pretty well for Gillard hasn’t it? Get rid of Rudd and take over as PM, (that’s him finished for good), do a deal with The Greens to get government (now what could possibly go wrong with that?), sign up the independents as supporters (that will go down a treat with the electors), abandon that silly “there will be no carbon tax” promise (no one will notice) and bring out a real star from the UK to run media relations (that McTernan bloke has done such a great job for Labour over there, he’ll be a real asset). Yep, it’s all worked out so well she can now just relax and have a good knitting session.

  16. Snoopy

    Isn’t there one fair dinkum Australian man or woman in the ALP rabble to stand up to that greasy pommy creep and simply say “sit down and shut up or I’ll punch your head in”?

    It’s a pity that JC isn’t in the ALP. He has form.

  17. Dr Faustus

    This is all so, so …Third World.

  18. C.L.

    The ALP: tugging the forelock to Great Britain.

  19. irving J

    Labor is populated with Epsilon males (a few steps down the wimp scale from Beta males)!

    Omega, Omega males, indistinguishable from the female of the species without close examination of the genital region… with a magnifying glass.

    At caucus Mctermite will be holding up the strap-on high in the air, so that the fate of all those who dare disobey the Queen Bee is clear.

  20. Myrrdin Seren

    Rudd supporters were incensed that a non-member of caucus was ”telling MPs what happens inside the caucus room”.

    What – as opposed to the factional warlords and union heavyweights who usually tell these spear-carriers how to vote, when to vote, what their talking points are etc etc ?

    McSporran 457 has just cut out the middlemen and handed the messages directly to the drones.

    ( Robotics – let’s cut out the wasteful human element and replace Labor backbenchers with androids at the earliest opportunity ).

  21. Leo G

    The Government appears to be knee-deep in abuses of public office. If it’s an ugly site now, consider that the garbage won’t be swept out until mid-September.

  22. egg_

    She seems quite the workplace bully.

    Yup, Rudd & Gillard: Sociopaths 101

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