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.
To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.
Kevin Rudd reads the names of his enemies several times a day.