- That’s not a poll driven prime minister – this is a poll driven prime minister
We all thought Kevin Rudd was content-free and gutless; Julia Gillard has indicated she’s likely to gutless out on the mining tax. She was party to every previous bit of Rudd government gutlessing out. What’s left?
- The best, perhaps only, government policy explainer, Lindsay Tanner, is going. Just leaves Emerson and Bowen.
- Until 7pm on Wednesday most commentators favoured the government to win the election. Now they’re saying Labor couldn’t win under Rudd. That’s narrative-land for you.
- Barrie Cassidy had interesting piece in the drum. Rudd did make lots of mistakes.
But like everyone else Barrie accepts at face value the story, laid out for example with faux outrage by the over-exposed Paul Howes on Lateline, that it was Rudd sending CoS Alistair Jordon to visit caucus that drove Gillard over the edge.
Yes that’s right, she wasn’t going to challenge, but Kevin angered her so much she couldn’t help herself.
Oh, and Jordan wouldn’t let Karl Bitar show the prime minister the polling, so he … sent it to Andrew Bolt instead. As you would; the journalist you go to when you’ve got your leader’s interests at heart.
Fair enough the plotters want to pretend there was no plot. Must the journos play along?
- And have a look at it on Bolt’s site. All vague and dodgy.
Party people armed with an agenda and opinion polls should be treated with grains of salt.