Subtle world of Machiavelli Rudd

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Kevin Rudd.
Kevin Rudd.
KEVIN Rudd’s appearance on the ABC’s “7.30” last week was the opening shot in a perfectly calibrated political exercise in which Kevin is guaranteed to emerge as the winner.

Regular readers will recall that some months ago I wrote an open letter urging him to abandon his leadership aspirations and throw his full support (and undoubted popularity) behind Julia Gillard. Only in that way, I said, could the Government be fiercely competitive with the Abbott Opposition.

He ignored it publicly, though his people made their displeasure plain. At the time he still believed that the party would turn to him to save them and the last thing he wanted was to be identified as a full-blooded Gillard supporter.

Well, that opportunity came and went with the notorious “Chicken Kev” non-challenge. Most commentators then took him at his word that his leadership ambitions had been abandoned forever.

More fools they. Truth is, Kevin has only one ambition and it is carved in psychological stone: to return to the position to which he believes he is entitled and that was “ripped unnatural” from his grasp: Prime Minister of Australia. And he knew perfectly well that the only way that could be achieved is if the Gillard Government fell.

But the real trick was to calibrate the defeat in such a way that gave him the chance to emerge as Opposition Leader and also to reclaim government after a single term of the Abbott administration. That’s all he needed, he tells colleagues, to “forensically destroy” Abbott with time to spare.

All seemed to be going to plan until the recent Newspoll revealed that Labor would be so demolished on September 14 that there would be hardly any pieces for Kevin to pick up to form a credible Opposition. Golly smokes, he might even lose his own seat.

Next we knew he was everywhere – in Geelong, on “Sunrise”, on radio – till it was hard to find a station that wasn’t reporting his latest rallying cry to “the troops”.

But you’ll notice he’s remarkably selective in choosing the selling points for the Government’s re-election. Nothing about the Disability Insurance Scheme, for example, or Gonski or any other Julia achievements.

Abbott is being just as devious as Kevin, pretending his only real reform is that he will “stop the boats” whereas he wants to take us back to a conservative agenda.

The really sad thing about all this is that the only one who seems to have her heart in the right place is Gillard. And she, I must reluctantly concede, is electoral poison. Go figure.

www.robertmacklin.com

 

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Robert Macklin
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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Definition of Loyalty – “The Age” 2010

    Julia Gillard found herself quizzed on the subject in both morning and evening interviews yesterday. ”I’m afraid they’ve done their dough,” she said of the punter who put $2500 on her taking over before the election. Asked bluntly whether she wanted to be PM, Gillard declared: ”I’m Deputy Prime Minister of this country. It’s what I chose. If the Australian people give me the opportunity to serve as Deputy Prime Minister again and I leave politics having been Deputy Prime Minister, Education Minister, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, that’s enough for me.
    ”I think [the leadership speculation is] ridiculously funny and a grand distraction.”

    • Julia Gillard was extremely loyal to her party and her biggest show of loyalty was stepping up to replace Kevin Rudd when her party asked her to when they deemed it was absolutely necessary. But she knew what the best thing was for her party and it was not Kevin Krudd. And she was right. Because the behaviour that he has displayed since his party made the decision to replace him which was their right to do, leaves absolutely no doubt in my mind what a megalomaniac sociopath he really is. As Mr Macklin points out, Machiavelli has nothing on K Rudd. The fact that some people can’t see how self-destructive Krudd is to the point that he will even have Tony Abbot become our next Prime Minister to further his own personal ambitions makes me wonder if these people are not a bunch of brain-dead retards.

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