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26 June 2013 @ 10:37 pm
Australia, you're standing in it.  
Back in 2007 I came out of the polling booth with a strong feeling of excitement and purpose; I knew that the 11-year reign of the Liberals was effectively over, and I felt like I was part of the big changes coming. It was gratifying, that night, watching the election coverage and seeing electorate after electorate declare for Labor under Kevin Rudd.

Rudd was the fourth leader that Labor had seen since 2000; we sincerely hoped that there would be some stability in the top spot now. However once in the PM role there were some pretty disturbing reports circulating about his leadership style, and this came to a head in June 2010 when, during a tour of the UK, I awoke one morning to learn that KRudd had been deposed, and Julia Gillard had been installed as the Prime Minister.

Rudd never really went away, though, and seemed to delight in undermining everything that Julia tried to do. It wasn't bad enough that she was having to deal with things that a male PM would never have to deal with, especially recently when faced with horrible comments about her father's death, and her partner's sexuality - she also had the smiling assassin doing his dirty work in her shadow.

And tonight, faced with polls showing that Labor will suffer an overwhelming loss in the coming election, Julia announced a leadership ballot. Kevin Rudd emerged victorious from the Labor Caucas meeting and is expected to be re-installed as Prime Minister tomorrow. Blue tie and all. And that disgusting little self-serving weasel Bill Shorten will be there with his hand out, reminding Rudd that he delivered the union vote.

What a mess. Rudd can't hope to win the upcoming election, the most he can hope for is to retain more seats than the party would have retained under Gillard. But the infighting over the last three years has done so much damage to Labor I doubt they'll regain power anytime in the next ten years.
Current Mood: cynicalcynical
byslantedlight: BD Confront (enednoviel)byslantedlight on June 26th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, just... bollocks.

And if only there were less of them around...

(ETA - just seen the title of your post. Ha! *g*)

Edited at 2013-06-26 04:39 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on June 27th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
It was the name of an old comedy show, and was appropriate on so many levels.
byslantedlight: BD laughing in MD posebyslantedlight on June 27th, 2013 11:00 am (UTC)
I remember! Chunky custard! ...and that's why they shouldn't change the flag! *g*
miwahni: Random Kanga wavingmiwahni on June 27th, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
That's right, I forgot you grew up here! ;-)
Trepkostrepkos on June 26th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
*shakes head at the world*
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on June 27th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
*shakes head along with you*