Oh dear

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.


2 thoughts on “Oh dear

  1. Yes, Furrukh, although pikers in comparison, thank God!

    I was surprised Rudd’s winning margin wasn’t wider. Once it was clear he was going to win, a stampede to at least give the impression of unity going into the election would have seemed the natural outcome. That this didn’t happen probably says a lot about how he’s viewed within caucus.

    Strange times. Six senior ministers resign while others swallow their distaste for “the greater good”. Barring the unlikely and now undesirable miracle of a Labor win (can you imagine how unbearable he would be), it’s hard to see Rudd surviving much past the election.

    Who needs soap operas?

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