Poison Deviny
Classic Miranda, 2011: “Carbon pricing was poison when Kevin Rudd’s polls were plummeting last year and that was the reason Gillard suggested he ditch the ETS on which he had staked his leadership.”

"Newspoll head Martin O’Shannessy warned the Coalition not to get too excited about today’s poll.

"Labor’s taken a hit," he told ABC Radio today. But he warned the big turnaround should be treated with caution, saying it fell in the "rogue poll" range. "We think these numbers are probably telling us there is a protest vote … probably against the shelving of the ETS [emissions trading scheme]." 

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/making-unpopular-decisions-part-of-my-job-rudd-20100504-u47p.html#ixzz1neYRDFkH
Classic Miranda, 2011: “But you can’t claim a mandate when it was popular opposition to carbon tax and resentment of soaring energy bills and green money-wasting schemes which destroyed Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership of the Opposition, and led to the downfall of Kevin “greatest moral challenge” Rudd.”
Popular opposition? Abbott won the leadership from Turnbull by only 1 vote and Rudd’s poll numbers began to fall after he shelved the ETS.
“Treasurer Wayne Swan, that’s who. Some people might prefer to forget their high school fashion faux pas, but, then Swan rather fancied himself at Nambour High, from what Kevin Rudd once told us. Rudd once described himself as the bookworm who used to look up to “cool” “Swannie”.” 

“Wayne was very, very cool and I was very, very not.” “Wayne was captain of the rugby league team - I was captain of the debating team.”

He wore short skirts, I wore t-shirts
He was cheer captain, I was on the bleachers

Treasurer Wayne Swan, that’s who. Some people might prefer to forget their high school fashion faux pas, but, then Swan rather fancied himself at Nambour High, from what Kevin Rudd once told us. Rudd once described himself as the bookworm who used to look up to “cool” “Swannie”.” 

“Wayne was very, very cool and I was very, very not.” 
“Wayne was captain of the rugby league team - I was captain of the debating team.”


He wore short skirts, I wore t-shirts

He was cheer captain, I was on the bleachers


No surprise: polls favour Rudd

Miranda Devine – Saturday, February 25, 12 (07:15 am)

Galaxy: Preferred ALP Leader: Gillard 26 (-4) Rudd 52 (0)

Newspoll: Preferred ALP Leader (ALP Voters): Gillard 41 Rudd 58 
Preferred PM if Rudd leader: Rudd 48 Abbott 40

Nielsen: Preferred ALP Leader (ALP Voters): Gillard 42 (-8) Rudd 55 (+8)

Should the independents bring on an early election if Kevin Rudd returns as Prime Minister?
Yes: 57 No: 38

Some surprises for Labor though because despite a predicted thrashing they took no discernible hit. I guess the people who are sick of the leadership quarrel were either already wanting to vote Liberal or the rumblings aren’t enough to drive their vote away. She also doesn’t mention that a Rudd leadership would narrow the Galaxy primary to Coalition 51 Labor 49.

Miranda hates Kevin Rudd because he’s an big picture idealist and has a soft spot for the PM because she’s a small picture realist. Though she’ll disparage the PM’s government as the worst ever she thinks they’re bad not because of Julia herself but rather because she has to juggle the Greens and unions (try and guess which one’s to blame this time, the odds are usually 50:50). Of course even if Gillard had a majority Miranda still thinks her favourite Tony would do better (because she assumes he’ll be a good little Howardite) but now she’s caught in a predicament because the guy she played down as an egghead egomaniac has burrowed a soft spot into the Australian public, one that does not fit into her narrative of an Australian public sick of Labor blunders begging for a return to the Howard years. So instead of doing her “isn’t Rudd pathetic” schtick Miranda does funnily enough a Rudd and goes big picture:

"HAVING spent the last week in dynamic Vietnam, news of the ongoing dysfunction of our government and endless obsession with leadership battles seems childish and self defeating."

From the women who wrote:

Julia’s death of 1000 cuts

We need to talk about Kevin

Not such a happy little Vegemite and many more words speculating on Labor leadership rumbles

"Only an unserious country could squander its historic advantages with such pointless gamesmanship. It’s not as if the rest of the world is standing still. For a developing country of 85 million, still recovering from decades of war, Vietnam is building a lot of six-lane highways and enormous bridges which make the Glebe Island Bridge look like a pedestrian overpass.”

and who was the Prime Minister who spent the treasury on middle class welfare while neglecting infrastructure?

"Meanwhile, we quibble over upgrading our busiest national highway, the Pacific Highway, to dual carriageway. We are forging ahead with a radical carbon tax while thousands of jobs are disappearing ,in manufacturing, steel, aluminium and any other industry reliant on cheap power. Our leaders are too preoccupied with opinion polls and leaks and dirty tricks to concern themselves with such mundane matters. They figure they can just coast on the mining boom, blaming any economic consequences of their inadequacy on a too strong dollar, the GFC, or Europe’s debt crisis. Moving right along. Nothing to see here.”

So what’s the solution Miranda?

"We won’t have the luxury of such pork barrelling self indulgence for long, as hungry powerhouses like Vietnam race forward while we stand still, examining our collective navel."

And how are they doing that? Paying their workers a pittance of course. 

"As Kristina Keneally, a civil and attractive woman still on her training wheels, tried to engage him in polite routine conversation for the benefit of the whirring cameras, Rudd pointedly ignored her. He did not meet her gaze or acknowledge her courtesies, but busied himself fussing with the ring binders and folders on the desk in front of him, pursing his lips, even as her voice faltered and grew less certain, and her eyes implored him to look up. Keneally may be the head of a broken-down government but she is personally popular and voters have continued to warm to her engaging personality and plucky style. Treating any woman with such withering contempt would be bad manners but treating a woman as well-liked and unthreatening as Keneally was beyond the pale."

WHEN Julia Gillard said: “We are us”, in her speech to the Labor Party national conference on the weekend, most thinking people assumed she had lost the plot. Other than as an exercise in pop banality, it made no sense. But perhaps it was a coded message to the furious rosy-cheeked man in the front row: We are us, Kevin, and you’re not. Get over it.

Oh good #leadershit. God knows the rest of the media won’t speculate on the relationship between the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister. 

Update:Dr Norman Abjorensen thinks Julia vs Kevin has nothing on some off the political feuds of the past. SPOILER: Whitlam threw a glass at the the Governor General preceding Kerr’s face.

Update Update: I didn’t realize that the title of the article is “We Need To Talk About Kevin”. That pun referencing the book that was adapted into a film that was released this year has been overused in the form of article titles on subjects not to do with the film more than News has overused #leadershit. 

Classic Miranda, 2007: The Scores story simply adds pixels to an image emerging of Rudd of an unscrupulously opportunistic chameleon. That he will do and be anything if it will further his ambitions, no matter how out of character or inappropriate, from playing pool and downing schooners with young Daily Telegraph journalists after midnight, as he did last month at the designer-grunge Darlinghurst pub the Gaslight Inn, to going to a Manhattan lap-dancing club with Col Allan, the legendary editor of the New York Post and confidant of Rupert Murdoch.

* Disclosure: Col Allan was my editor for several years, and I, too, have dined with him (and his wife, Sharon) in New York and gone to bars for drinks, well into the wee hours. Unlike Rudd, I remember it all.

What’s good for the goose is bad for the gander it seems.