…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Are we now getting the Real Rudd? Or Recycled Rudd? Or just the same old incompetent, deceitful, multi- millionaire Rudd, bane of air-hostesses and decent human beings everywhere? I am afraid that those three years in the Labor wilderness just made him more deceitful and more arrogant. It could not make him more incompetent, for he reached the nadir a long time ago. [Diplomat, “diplomat” and other things]
Kevin Triple 0 Seven’s wife may bus his supporters for his staged media stunts, but unless she does the same in many marginal electorates at the inevitable elections, and the Electoral Commission again doesn’t do its job, he won’t be the Prime Minister for long. His current ostensible popularity is that of a clown, egged on by malicious media and whom everybody gleefully expects to fall on his nose again. When will it happen is a question, as widely hoped for the 14th September election date is uncertain. Rudd may wish to go to the ballot box early, before the voters wake up, and before the stunned Caucus sobers up and ditches him again. On the other hand… how can you predict what an irrational person may do?
Well, such a person might warn Indonesia that if he loses the elections the new belligerent leader will send the gunboats to its territorial waters. Were Indonesian leaders as intelligent and as well versed in diplomacy as him, they could opt for a pre-emptive strike. Luckily for the world peace, they are not.
Perhaps a reminder is in order, from [Rudd Redux]:
Apparently, a few days ago Rudd appeared on the TV show of that infamous Labor activist, Tony Jones. It looks like a desperate pre-Christmas media blitz, so it may be a good time recall what his friends and comrades in the struggle, all true Reds, have been saying about him for the last two years. (Selected randomly and not necessarily in chronological order)
The Labor Deputy Leader and the Treasurer Wayne Swan :
“the Labor Party had given Mr Rudd every opportunity, but he wasted them with his dysfunctional decision making and his deeply demeaning attitude towards other people including our caucus colleagues”.
“Mr Rudd had placed his own interests ahead of those of the broader labour movement “and that needs to stop”.
“The truth is, the Prime Minister Rudd is deeply flawed.”
The Attorney-General Ms Nicola Roxon:
“I think we need to get out of this idea that Kevin is a messiah who will deliver an election back to us. That is just, I think, fanciful.”
“I don’t think that it would be good for the country to have Kevin be the Prime Minister again.”
“I could not work with Rudd again.”
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy:
“Labor MPs were breathing a “sigh of relief” that Mr Rudd had announced his resignation as foreign minister.”
“Rudd had had contempt for his colleagues, the Parliament and the public.”
Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Tony Burke:
“the stories that were around of the chaos, of the temperament, of the inability to have decisions made, they are not stories.”
Minister for Regional Development Simon Crean:
“I think anyone who commits to playing in the team and knowingly doesn’t can be accused of that (disloyalty),”
“Mr Rudd can not convince his colleagues to return him to the leadership and so is engaging in “some sort of public campaign”.”
And finally the former Labor leader and an erstwhile darling of the Left media Mark Latham:
a “serial leaker”
About 10 years ago when Mark Latham was writing his weekly column for The Daily Telegraph, he submitted a following short piece which was not published:“Kevin Rudd is a c…” it read simply. We don’t use this sort of language.