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Return of a hyperactive, shallow leader

I am dismayed by the return of Kevin Rudd to a leadership position within the ALP.  Rudd destabilised the Gillard Government for nearly 3 years and has been rewarded for his treachery.  Rudd’s campaign in 2010 against Gillard cost Labor outright government and was a major factor behind Gillard’s ensuing problems. If Labor now loses by less in the forthcoming Federal election they will still be stuck with a major liability, Kevin Rudd.  This adds an extra layer of complications for a party that has failed to adapt its visions to a changed Australian society – Australia is not a society of downtrodden workers where unions have a key role – that finished decades ago. Neither Gillard nor Rudd have tackled this core issue.

Commentators have short-memories – Rudd lost his position as party leader because he could not successfully transform ideas into policy actions – he was a incompetent, disorganized leader.   Rudd has many ideas – indeed his mouth typically runs breathlessly ahead of his brain.  Rudd is a glib, unprincipled, grey-flanned suit full of pompous  verbosity (a more direct scatological description better characterises my view) with an exaggerated sense of his own importance.  Rudd is an embarrassment to Australia on the international stage.

The only positive side of this whole issue was the tenacious and principled stance of Julia Gillard – a woman of considerable abilities and steely resolve. Gillard’s main failing was her inability to argue the case in the electorate for the good policies (on climate, education and disabilities) that Labor has introduced.  Governments cannot just seek to get controversial, new policies introduced – it must justify them to the electorate through its advocacy role.

The atrocious sexism Julia Gillard has experienced in her recent public life signals the extent to which gender equality in Australia has not been achieved.   Her exit from politics will be a sad outcome.

Great choice coming up for us all!  A Coalition that looks increasingly like an offshoot of the US Tea Party ratbags and an ALP headed by Rudd.

11 comments to Return of a hyperactive, shallow leader

  • no in the last election it was the Gillard forces that dissed rudd first of all that provoked a reaction from the Rudd forces. gillard’s wonderful political judgment yet again.

    No word would have been heard from the Rudd camp if Gillard was halfway decent as a politician. She wasn’t and floundered.

  • conrad

    I agree, and why she couldn’t have actually given a few more speeches like she did when exiting about the list of things she got done even without a majority government beats me (although I notice she didn’t say “saved money from single parents”). So now we move to a charismatic leader that gets nothing done from an uncharismatic leader that did get things done. C’est la vie I guess.

    I also agree that she was treated appallingly by the media and it really shows what a large bunch of dickheads there are that are out there. Some people really haven’t made it passed the 1950s despite the obvious benefits it has given everyone. Perhaps they should move to Saudia Arabia or the like where they really can get the rocks off.

  • Michael K

    Truly surreal.

  • It’s hard to disagree with this analysis. If Rudd had put as much effort into helping articulate government policies as he did in getting revenge on those who dumped him, it could have helped the polling. But it didn’t suit him to do so.

    Still, the biggest mystery is why Rudd is relatively popular with the public in the first place. It’s always been a puzzle to me, and it seems to be an unfortunate consequence of most voters only getting their news from the 6 pm TV bulletin that they did not have a clue that Rudd was replaced due to his own (hidden from the public) appalling management skills – not due to some vicious ambition of Julia Gillard to replace him at all cost. Those of us who had been paying attention to stories of the people he was offending (and who knew of his reputation in Queensland under Goss) were not surprised.

    Having said all of that, I don’t want to see Abbott as PM – if anything, the Coalition is the party more in the need of an urgent clean out of ideologues who have been converted to the Tea Party obsessions regarding climate change and a hopelessly over-simplified view of economics.

    Funnily enough, last election I was pretty disappointed with much of Gillard’s campaigning – particularly her hopeless policy of seeking to put off carbon pricing until some silly idea that public meeting would converts dills who get their science from Andrew Bolt and Monckton that it was needed. Hence I actually did not vote at all in the House of Reps, but voted towards Labor in the Senate. But then Gillard started to impress once she formed government and started implementing policies with more care (generally) than the haphazard approach of Rudd.

    I suspect this time I will have to vote Labor in both despite my great annoyance at the Rudd re-ascendency and the appalling way Gillard has been treated in the right wing media and blogosphere. I suppose it does depend on his “new” policy adjustments, though.

  • Jim Rose

    The issue was labor was seen as shallow.

    Remember the real julia episode?

    Did anyone doubt who the real bob, real paul, or real john howard were. Would anyone had any doubt

  • Jim Rose

    Howard was opposition leader twice. He grew and was a far stronger player in 1996 than in the late 1980s.

    Rudd is expected to be a different man rather than a better man this time around.

    There is a difference between personal growth versus hiding your true self

  • fxh

    Rudd is a narcissistic borderline personality disorder and wanker. A bad combination in a PM.

  • davidp

    One thing that worried me was that on the night that he won the leadership, when acknowledging the contributions of Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan, my recollection is that he only mentioned the contributions they made while ministers for him. So he didn’t note the carbon tax, mining tax, NDIS etc. Hopefully he made up for this in the speech in parliament…

  • Jim Rose

    It is the beginning of end with the return of kevin747.

    He said in the house that one factor influencing the election date is the timing of the G20 summit.

    Giving the choice of strutting the world stage as a bit player and staying home to make the case for re-election, Kevin747 knew what was more important.

  • And now Rudd makes it nigh on impossible to dump him if he becomes PM again. He is a brilliant campaigner, and if he had a shred of decency he’d get Labor re-elected and then voluntarily hand over to a better leader. Maybe his planning this – after all, if he was, he couldn’t very well say so….

  • Jim Rose

    who says that Rudd 1.0 was a brilliant campaigner. Rudd won in 2007 against a 4-term, tired and smelly government. saying the last writes requires few skills.

    he was deposed because his party did not think he had the ability to fight his way out of a hole.

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