Kevin Rudd

June 28th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Someone made a very good point yesterday regarding , is that the timing of his coup means he doesn’t have to do any governing – just campaigning.

That is possibly not coincidence. There is a huge amount of testimony that he was an incompetent Prime Minister. But he is a very good campaigner.

You have to laugh at the gall, in this story:

New Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has used his first address to Parliament to call on MPs to be a ”little kinder and gentler with each other”.

Hours after he was sworn by Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Mr Rudd used his first official comments as Prime Minister to acknowledge the contributions of former prime minister Julia Gillard and former treasurer Wayne Swan, while talking of the difficulties of political life.

”As we all know in this place, political life is a very hard life. A very hard life indeed … But let us all remember particularly on days like this that in this Parliament and in this place we are all human beings,” he said.

Incredible. He spends three years undermining Gillard, and then once he has dispatched her he asks for people to be kinder and gentler.

The Dom Post editorial notes:

Mr Rudd, a Machiavellian schemer who has devoted the past three years to undermining the woman who ousted him as prime minister, is not someone about whom as many nice things can be said. The challenge for the rival Liberal Party, poring over quotes from current and former colleagues, was not what to include in its first anti-Rudd advertisement but what to leave out.

That is so true. Their first advertisement is below and it consists purely of quotes from his own Labor MPs,

Mr Rudd’s newfound friends do not expect him to win the coming election but they hope that, with him at the helm, fewer of them will lose their seats.

Their calculations mirror those that led Helen Clark and other Labour Party notables to persuade Sir Geoffrey Palmer to make way for Mike Moore as New Zealand prime minister eight weeks before the 1990 election.

But will they keep him on as opposition leader? He might be ALP leader for just three months?

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23 Responses to “Kevin Rudd”

  1. tvb (4,501 comments) says:

    His new found friends probably hope he does not win as a Government run by Rudd would be too bad to contplate. But they will sack him post election whatever happens.

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  2. Kleva Kiwi (289 comments) says:

    3 weeks, 3 months. Who really cares.
    Labour parties world wide are F**ked as people realise what they are and what they represent.
    Are we witnessing the political evolution of the left from union driven dinosaur it is/was?

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  3. David Garrett (7,533 comments) says:

    The mention of Clark knifing Mike Moore after the 1990 election brings back bad memories for me. I remember a press conference – must have been in early 1993?? – at which both of them were sitting at a table taking questions..it was obvious Moore already knew he was done for…but he virtually begged Clark publicly to pledge her loyalty to him…the bitch just stared at him, whith those cold malevolent eyes of hers…she cared not a jot that Moore had saved them from the inevitable electoral annhilation which would have occurred if Palmer had led them into the election… I think my hatred for the woman began then…

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  4. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    I’m not convinced he’ll even make it to the election.

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  5. David Garrett (7,533 comments) says:

    Kleva Kiwi: If only that were true old boy…Despite the socialists being in internal disarray on both sides of the Tasman, that sadly does not at all mean they are on the way out…perhaps an apt metaphor is that the big ships facing us currently have serious engine trouble…but engine trouble which is fixable without withdrawing to dry dock..

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  6. Redbaiter (9,559 comments) says:

    Garret- The socialists are not in disarray I am sorry to say. They’re only confused because their political ground has been stolen by the traitors who publicly claim to oppose them but behind the scenes work towards the same objectives.

    To say that the tide is going out on big government socialism flies in the face of reality in that none of the main opposition parties to the left in the western world stand for anything much different to what the so called Labour/ Democrat opposition does.

    Its the voters really. People get the governments they deserve, and a craven cowardly population that stands for nothing itself will get a government of exactly that nature.

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  7. Ross12 (1,454 comments) says:

    In answer to DPF’s last 2 questions. I doubt they will keep him after the election ( there could already be a deal between him and Shorten). If it turns out to be true then we can conclude his new supporters were just trying save their own rear ends and Rudd just wanted to knife Gillard and nothing else. He already has a position or two lined up
    http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/aap/8646685/rudd-advises-on-global-china-scholarship

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  8. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    Red, question. You point to your view that the socialists are not in disarray, and then refer to the fact that the main opposition parties dont stand for much different.

    The serious question is, as was alluded to yesterday, where else, other than the UK with Maggie, who was responding to a significant decline bought on by years of union and left wing politics has a strong right governed successfully in a manner that you would support?

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  9. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Who is this bloke currently giving out the big lollies in AK with OP money? A socialist? A tosser? An opportunist?
    Labour and the Nats are just two sides of the same coin. The real worry would be if Judith Collins gets out her knitting in public..Then we would have real worries.

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  10. tvb (4,501 comments) says:

    I doubt there was any deal with Shorten even though Rudd would have liked one. Shorten will want a free hand to knife Rudd post election what eve happens.

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  11. backster (2,184 comments) says:

    Shorten and Rudd seem to lack any shred of integrity whatso-ever. Rudd promised repeatedly not to challenge Gillard..bad enough….but Shorten promised her his support and the support of his minnows right up to an hour before the vote when he had his Brutus inspiration. Poor Julia was not even warned of the perils of the ides of June.

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  12. Ross12 (1,454 comments) says:

    tvb — the possible deal I was referring to was something like this — ” You help me get the numbers to knife Gillard and I’ll get out of your way after the election “

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  13. ChardonnayGuy (1,213 comments) says:

    And if Abbott fails to win the forthcoming election, will we witness the second coming of Malcolm Turnbull? I’d have to say I’d welcome that- the man strikes me as a good centre-right social liberal in the Key/Cameron mould.

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  14. David Garrett (7,533 comments) says:

    Hmmo: That is just the point! NO-ONE comes anywhere near to meeting Russell’s high standards…except his “lot”…and he won’t tell us how many of them there are!

    Be amusing to read the abusive response though…you lily livered commie sell out, you….

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  15. ChardonnayGuy (1,213 comments) says:

    An excellent book on the period that David refers to is:
    Nicholas Stuart: Rudd’s Way: 2007-2010: Carlton North: Scribe: 2010.

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  16. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    Dont forget DG, Im also a limp wristed commie sellout, who is holding red captive. :)

    But Im genuinly interested in an answer. He claims to foster debate, Im giving him the chance to do so.

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  17. s.russell (1,646 comments) says:

    Very interesting advert: probably does more damage to the Liberals than anyone else. At least it would in a New Zealand context. Of course, Aussies are famously uncouth and foul mouthed, but it seems to me that this is the kind of advert that will be applauded only by people who already loathe Rudd, wheras the Libs really need to appeal to people who rather like him. That would require a somewhat more subtle approach, that seems to be beyond the ad-makers.

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  18. Shazzadude (531 comments) says:

    There’s a very good reason why Rudd is imploring people to be kinder to each other. If the Liberals attack Rudd (Which they will, as the above ad indicates), Rudd can brush it off as negative campaigning, potentially backfiring on Abbott and the Liberals just as Gillard’s misogyny theme backfired on her.

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  19. Ed Snack (1,926 comments) says:

    Perhaps the point of the LNP ads is that they’re not dissing Rudd at all, no Sir not us, just listen to what all Rudd’s labor party colleagues have said about him over the past 2-3 years. Powerful stuff, and yet for some reason he does have appeal to a section of voters, maybe because he’s Labor without being Union Functionary ?

    But his ego, my god, the last Labor leader to complete his term and leave relatively gracefully was Keating. Latham, Rudd, Gillard, Rudd again, when will the Labor party have a leader that they needn’t be ashamed of ?

    And forget Turnbull, that’s the wet dream of the Labor left, a LNP leader who makes a Labor victory inevitable and also almost unnecessary, he’d agree with so many lousy Labor policies that they wouldn’t need a majority, he’d back them anyway. Man was a clown as leader, not impossibly bad as a minister though.

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  20. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Julia Gillard has been subject to some major shit during her time as PM.

    Like ultra rightwing shock jock, Alan Jones, ranting that she should be put in a chaff bag and thrown from an aircraft, or that her dead father would be ashamed of her.

    She was constantly referred to as “Juliar”, “the witch” and “the bitch”. References to her posterior were almost continuous.

    I think it is that type of shit Rudd was meaning. And he is right.

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  21. Redbaiter (9,559 comments) says:

    “Julia Gillard has been subject to some major shit during her time as PM.”

    No chance of ever getting an objective opinion from you commies is there.

    Some of her attacks on others (such as Tony Abbot) have been just as bad.

    Like most left wing politicians she is an arrogant smug smirking dishonest POS who can be as nasty as anyone when she so chooses.

    She got what she deserved.

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  22. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    POS meaning Person of Substance, I assume?

    What would we do without you, Redbaiter, you’re always good for a laugh.

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  23. Viking2 (11,562 comments) says:

    The return of “psychopath” Rudd

    Dr Oliver Hartwich | Executive Director | oliver.hartwich@nzinitiative.org.nz
    There has been no shortage of excitement in Australian politics in recent years. Treachery, back-stabbing, scandals and defections are among the staples of Australian democracy (which one might now instinctively misspell as demo-crazy).

    Yet Kevin Rudd’s resurrection as Labor leader and Prime Minister tops all the oddities we have become used to. Even by Australian standards, this is an extraordinary development.

    If you have not followed Australian politics closely, you might think Julia Gillard being toppled by her predecessor was just the removal of an unpopular prime minister by a party scared of losing the next election in a landslide.

    In fact, it is far worse than that.

    Although three years is a long time in politics, it is worth reminding ourselves why Rudd was ousted by his own colleagues in 2013 – and why his return was then blocked not once but twice by his party. Unlike the majority of the Australian people, his colleagues knew all too well what kind of person Rudd was.

    To the public, Rudd appears to be a slightly geeky but affable guy. The inside view on him has always differed from this carefully crafted image.

    Rudd was someone who would regularly throw tantrums at colleagues, defence personnel, and media editors. He was unable to work with his cabinet. He was obsessed with opinion polls and made up and micromanaged policies based on them.

    The best anecdote summing up his character was when Rudd summoned the chief of the defence force only to keep him waiting for several hours outside his office, before sending him away.

    In the words of Bendigo Labor MP Steve Gibbons, Rudd is “a psychopath with a giant ego”.

    In contrast, Gillard is certainly not the best prime minister Australia has had, and she made plenty of mistakes in office. But anyone who has had any personal dealings with her describes her as intelligent, funny and personable.

    Gillard’s first tragedy was that she never explained properly why she and her colleagues ousted Rudd in 2010. It was not just because of policies or polls but largely for Rudd’s character deficiencies.

    Her second tragedy was that she needed Rudd’s vote in parliament to stay in office. She even had to make him foreign minister to keep him quiet for a while.

    Rudd never returned these favours and kept destabilising the party and undermining Gillard’s leadership every step of the way. He wanted revenge – and now he has got it.

    He has sabotaged Gillard’s government to the point where his party, despite the personal hatred towards him, now believes he is the only chance of avoiding a massacre at the polls.

    Rudd’s second premiership may turn out to be short-lived because Australian Labor, divided and exhausted, lies in tatters. Only someone like Rudd could not care about that. After all, he never cared for anyone or anything other than himself.

    The kindergarten of Australian politics has finally turned into a farce. It is the Australian people who will have their say on it in the forthcoming elections.

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