Krudd is back

June 26th, 2013 at 10:38 pm by David Farrar

Well won the leadership back b 57 – 45, after a two year campaign of destabilisation of his own party and Government. This says volumes about his character.

Personally I liked . I know many people who have dealt with her, and even a couple who have worked for her – and almost universally they say she is excellent to deal with. She was pleasant, professional, and someone you could work with. Of course I disagree with her politics, and she made a couple of momentous errors with her u-turn on carbon tax plus support for Craig Thompson. But she was well regarded by many – even if that didn’t include much of the public.

Kevin Rudd on the other hand is despised by almost everyone who has worked closely with him – especially his former Cabinet colleagues. His psychology is quite flawed, and it is remarkable that the ALP have made him Prime Minister again – despite knowing all this. It was an act of desperation from MPs wanting to keep their seats.

The ALP will get a boost in the polls, but I doubt it will last too long. In fact their machinations of the last few months show how unfit for power they are. They need to be thrown out of office resoundingly.

Assuming they lose the election, what is fascinating is who will become Opposition Leader. Will they stick with Rudd in opposition? I’m not so sure. Bill Shorten was the heir apparent, but he has now helped axe two Prime Ministers and broken his repeated pledges of loyalty to Gillard.

Also of interest will be how many Labor Ministers refuse to serve under Rudd. Treasurer Wayne Swan has resigned and also Comms Minster Conway. Emerson and Garrett also expected to go.

Meanwhile the Coalition will remind voters of what Kevin Rudd said in March:

“there are no circumstances whatsoever under which I’d return to the leadership in future”.

That is as categorical a denial as you can get. So how can Australians trust anything Rudd says?

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34 Responses to “Krudd is back”

  1. Redbaiter (10,334 comments) says:

    “Personally I liked Julia Gillard. I know many people who have dealt with her, and even a couple who have worked for her – and almost universally they say she is excellent to deal with. She was pleasant, professional, and someone you could work with.”

    She lied about a carbon tax and made so many other mistakes (as Labour commenter Graeme Richardson pointed out) it is amazing she lasted this long.

    As for being likeable??? Whaaaatt????

    To me she seemed like an arrogant whinging anti-male feminist who frequently tried to blame sexism for her many mistakes. She drove male voters away from Labour in droves. You might have liked her Mr. Farrar, but not many Australian males did.

    And that voice… urrghhh. Horrible.

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  2. tvb (4,553 comments) says:

    You have been watching the Sky coverage which has played the thing out in all its goriness. Once upon a time this was all played behind closed doors with the changes back and forth in support hidden from view. It is hard for people to keep their dignity especially when they change their views on things after stating their positions so publicly which are different.

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  3. s.russell (1,647 comments) says:

    This is the best thing for the Labor Party. Rudd will lose the election and then they can finally get rid of him. If Gillard had stayed, then they would be stuck with Rudd for another three years after his post-election takeover. So, ironically, this was the quickest way to cut his throat – a fate he has earned many times over.

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  4. Zapper (1,047 comments) says:

    Rudd clearly lied but then, a few weeks before Gillard knifed Rudd she said:

    “I’ll be full forward for the Bulldogs before I challenge the Prime Minister”.

    They’re as bad as each other, and boy does this show the self-interest of the Labor Party. They’re willing to work for someone they hate to keep their seats.

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  5. Redbaiter (10,334 comments) says:

    Liberal Party attack commercial-

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  6. thaksinsproposal (40 comments) says:

    My Australian friends and I, we often wondered why Rudd would do this.
    but the fact of the matter is that Australians despise that Union Victoria, NSW agenda., utterly corrupt.
    It is good she is gone , I wish NeW Zealand could have been rid of Helen Clarke earlier.

    Untill now Abbot had a free ride, but now it is all on,
    the lucky country is divided , and we will not let this happen in our own country,
    We must sow up the next election.
    Thaksinsproposal is that we retain Peter dunne in the first place ,
    I am not able to trust Winston Peters even though I am a member, more later,
    it is always the same you have work to do and i will not allow my country print money,
    for green labour rubbish

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  7. Dave Mann (1,240 comments) says:

    Regardless of the ‘left/right’ of Australian politics this is a god-almighty mess. Its demeaning and ludicrous to witness these two pathetic no-hopers desperately scrabbling around in their own shit in the hope that a miracle will somehow prevent them from losing the election by a huge margin.

    I’m not a socialist by any means, but I wonder if a lot of Julia Gillard’s terrible poll ratings haven’t been largely a product of her living with this smelly Krudd carcass draped over her shoulders for the last 3 years.

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  8. Fletch (6,516 comments) says:

    Bwah-ha-ha-ha (as the Blue Beetle would say). :lol:

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  9. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,760 comments) says:

    So turns out Julia Gillard was doing the knitting at her own execution.

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  10. RightNow (7,014 comments) says:

    Geez, does this mean the first bloke will have to pay for his own tickets to the footy?

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  11. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (899 comments) says:

    Please do not think that the Labour Party will get rid of Shearer here…..

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  12. wreck1080 (3,999 comments) says:

    Why on earth would Rudd choose to lead a party into a massive defeat?

    I guess he’s thinking it is the last chance to be PM, albeit for a short period — he’ll be a goner after the election (I’d think) as labor try to find someone more widely liked by actual voters.

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  13. kowtow (8,923 comments) says:

    Gillard?

    Nasty, divisive feminist who ran Australia into the ground.

    What’s to like about her?

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  14. tas (654 comments) says:

    I think Rudd must be mentally disturbed. He has thrown his party under the bus in order to get revenge on Gillard. A reasonable person would have accepted defeat and tried to work constructively with Gillard. (A reasonable person would probably not have been dumped either.) Instead he has pursued a vendetta against Gillard, which has reached the final act.

    I admire Gillard for how she has faced the challenges of the past three years. The contrast really makes Rudd look like a child. I believe she will stick to her word not to undermine Rudd’s leadership, as he did hers.

    Presumably Labor will lose the election and the infighting will continue. If you can’t reach an agreement within your own party, you aren’t fit to govern. There may be disagreements within the Liberal party, but they seem to be grown ups who can learn to get along despite them.

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  15. Mobile Michael (472 comments) says:

    I wonder if Gillard, now with nothing to lose, will vote that she has no confidence in the Government?

    And I will always admire Gillard for her generous response to New Zealanders following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch.

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  16. KiwiGreg (3,277 comments) says:

    “likes” Gillard. Promotes a communist talk fest by Ardern. I think the turning is complete

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  17. hubbers (146 comments) says:

    “And I will always admire Gillard for her generous response to New Zealanders following the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch.”

    Here here.

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  18. kowtow (8,923 comments) says:

    tas says Rudd mental.

    All one has to do is review that leaked video of Rudd swearing and tantrumming to see he has “issues”.

    I find it incredible that any sane Australian would vote for either of those two self serving tossers. Ah but that’s why they both want to open the borders,like Blair in Britain to change the country for ever into a Labour client state.

    Insanity indeed and treachery to boot.

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  19. Harriet (5,199 comments) says:

    “….. A choice between dumb and dumber.Or the knitter and the nit picker!
    A choice between a pro-homosexual egomaniac and a pro-abortion socialist atheist. Delightful. We don’t want any of these guys.

    A pox on both of them. They have caused enough damage and carnage already – no more!

    The truth is, it really did not matter who won the ballot tonight. Both these despicable characters have mortally wounded their own party. They will be slaughtered in just under two and a half months, and they both can take full credit for this.

    It will be a long time before Labor can recover from these last few years of chaos and disintegration. They should have learned their lessons at the last few state elections, especially the Queensland wipe-out. But political ideologues are notorious for blindness and self-deception.

    Anyway, Tony was the winner! :cool:

    http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2013/06/26/kevin-yet-again/

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  20. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    Worth remembering that a public persona is not the same as what a person acts like in private. Same as, just because someone interviews badly, doesn’t make them a moron.

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  21. Ross12 (1,483 comments) says:

    Despite what people may think of the two personally , it would seem the voters on the left like Rudd better. So I think the the group that has to worry most now is the Aussie Greens. Yes they have a hard core of supporters who wouldn’t move no matter what but I think ( like in NZ) they have attracted some on the left who had got disappointed with the ALP under Gillard.

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  22. Shazzadude (531 comments) says:

    I think there’s a real chance the Libs could blow this for themselves by attacking Kevin Rudd. Rudd will simply reply that it’s negative campaigning from a negative man (Abbott). Voters after all do not like negative campaigning.

    I think Rudd also covered his back a little by coming out and acknowledging that he had gone back on his word, and the voters could judge him for that. Voters like it when you at least admit your backtrack. In addition to that, he got rid of someone 60% of the country dislike by changing his mind, so that certainly helps the forgiveness process.

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  23. thaksinsproposal (40 comments) says:

    immediate news, heresay from , apparently Rudd has given the entire caucus permission to direct the future of Labour.
    it make sense

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  24. thaksinsproposal (40 comments) says:

    things are moving very fast in Australia, watch the $AUD, I can not be sure, but Abbot can wake up soon

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  25. Ed Snack (1,935 comments) says:

    Gillard, knitting one day, stitched up the next ! (Acknowledgement to Catallaxy comment for for that line). She was a nasty, incompetent, duplicitous, dishonest, unions’ pet of a PM. I for one hope she is charged over her involvement in Union rorts in the 1990’s. of course she “seems nice”, that’s the politicians stock in trade, publicly pleasant while fucking you over for their own best interests in gaining and retaining power. Get real David.

    You can’t blame Rudd for all this, he probably meant it when he said he would not challenge again, I suspect he was drafted by the 57 MP’s who stand to lose their seats in the biggest electoral wipeout in Australian federal history. Gillard’s been a huge disaster for Labor, a creature installed and maintained by the powerful and irredeemably corrupt union bosses, she has a complete tin ear with the electorate. She excels only at low cunning and highly political theatre, for example her much touted misogyny speech, ostensibly spontaneous and from the heart was written for her to deliver in a pre-programmed way by her team.

    Remember all her mistakes, the carbon tax, the abortion of a mining tax, the pink batts debacle, the NBN spend up, the live exports of cattle to Indonesia, the boats and the East Timor non solution, the Malaysian non solution, the dreadful Australia Day attempt to set Tony Abbott up as a target for Aboriginal ferals, stiffing Adam Bandt on the gambling legislation… How many more do we need. There are probably 10 million people in Australia better suited to being PM than Kevin Rudd, and Labor managed to choose one of the few who were far worse.

    Gillard was a rank failure, who knows what difference Rudd may make to the election, but Gillard deserved to go down. As a final sting, she will be retiring and will get a parliamentary pension for a backbencher, not the PM’s much higher pension that she would have received had she hung on until the election. A final well deserved indignity.

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  26. Manolo (14,159 comments) says:

    DPF, your Labor Party card was mailed yesterday in Sydney. It should arrive soon.

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  27. Random Punter (78 comments) says:

    Whatever this means for Australia, it’s bad news for New Zealand. Gillard took the relationship seriously, and had good working relations with the government. Rudd never gave us the time of day.

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  28. Wayne Mapp (69 comments) says:

    DPF was talking about her on the basis of her personality, not her politics. I have met her a couple of times, and she is actually very pleasant to talk to. I am sure her staff would enjoy working with her. And she was a good friend of NZ; she seemed to have a real interest in us. I was very impressed on the level of effort she put into Christcuirch. Her speech in Parliament was extremely well crafted and delivered.

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  29. Alan Johnstone (1,087 comments) says:

    Voters don’t back divided parties, Labor will still lose the election.

    However this probably mitigates the scale of the defeat. It will save Labor seats particularly in in QLD and less so in NSW, at the cost of losing some in VIC which was strong Gillard country. It may be the difference between having 50 and 90 federal Labor MPs.

    A crushing defeat would take a lot of talent from the party, probably forever, and makes a comeback at the 2017 election less likely. It’d also have a big impact on their state funding which is result based.

    It’s the correct thing for the Labor party, K Rudd will be gone by Xmas and Bill Shorten will take over.

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  30. Viking2 (11,661 comments) says:

    Wayne Mapp (18) Says:
    June 27th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    DPF was talking about her on the basis of her personality, not her politics. I have met her a couple of times, and she is actually very pleasant to talk to. I am sure her staff would enjoy working with her. And she was a good friend of NZ; she seemed to have a real interest in us. I was very impressed on the level of effort she put into Christchurch. Her speech in Parliament was extremely well crafted and delivered.
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    Oh well Wayne you can probably arrange for her to have asylum here in NZ. So long as she doesn’t bring her fellow traveller’s.

    some nice lifestyle blocks out Welcome bay way. :lol:

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  31. Viking2 (11,661 comments) says:

    That is as categorical a denial as you can get. So how can Australians trust anything Rudd says?

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    Be bloody careful here.
    What did Helen say when she left? eh

    Labour needs a new leader here!!!!!

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  32. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    A communist, an atheist and a lesbian walk into a bar. The bartender says, “what can I get you Julia?”

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  33. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    I agree with DPF – Gillard is a decent person, often badly advised. Her decision to break her word on carbon was both foolhardy and courageous, she must have known it could cost her career.

    Labor will lose the election, and needs to lose. Then it can work on trying to loosen the union grip and somehow cut down the factional infighting.

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  34. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    And, geez, the Aussies needs PR! That way, Labor could rid itself of the rightwing rats and become a real left party.

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