If the protagonists were bigger and the issues more crucial, the Australian Labor leadership battle might have qualified as tragedy. As things stand, it seems closer to a farce.
The old tale about the son who murdered his parents and then threw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan springs to mind. Having undermined his party for the last three years, Rudd now poses as its saviour.
It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. Or perhaps that should be the other way around..
For all her flaws, Gillard comes away with a battered kind of honour. As to whether this last-ditch move lessens Labor’s loss, maybe. The polls certainly say so but Rudd does come with a heaped dray cart of baggage.
Perhaps we should view it as an interesting little test of principle versus pragmatism.