Now I tend to live in a news vacuum on the weekends…mostly by choice.
I did just happen to glance at the Brisbane Times website in passing and found the funniest story I’d seen in ages. Apparently Tony Abbott was claiming Kevin Rudd’s scalp and saying that he got rid of the Prime Minister.
Quite frankly I thought that he was the least qualified person of anyone in Parliament to spout this line, but let’s run over a few facts just to make sure:
1. Poll-wise is he less popular as preferred Prime Minister than Rudd….CHECK (not a tough one…I think he’s actually less popular than Barnaby Joyce FFS).
2. Did he get totally thrashed in the health debate…coming from a perspective of being a health minister for 5 years…CHECK.
3. Does he get consistently pwned by Rudd in Question Time in parliament…CHECK.
4. Did he completely disappear from view for a month, managing to keep his gob shut so he wouldn’t shove a foot in it…CHECK.
Frankly, this is just another thing that highlights his complete separation from something I like to call reality.
It was even funnier when I read that he got a congratulatory call from the lying rodent…yeah he’s not bitter and twisted about it at all is he?
I am totally filled with contempt for the factional arseholes in the ALP right now. After a couple of poor opinion polls (the ALP have been behind in 3 out of the last 24) and with momentum now returning their way, these dickheads have decided it’s time to dump Kevin Rudd as leader.
This smacks of a belated payback to me, as Rudd wouldn’t play the factional game with them last time and told them to get stuff. I was mighty impressed with the snippets of his press conference where he stuck it right up them and outed them as the reasons behind the spill.
I feel a bit sorry for Julia Gillard in all this…she clearly looked like she didn’t want a bar of it, but was manoeuvred into it against her will. From all reports she will get the numbers but I get the feeling the media and the Libs have a nice dirt/sledge file on her ready to be deployed at a moment’s notice…never mind the fact that she will completely school Tony Abbott in any forum at any time.
The ALP have rooted themselves massively now…it’s lose/lose all the way. If Rudd gets up they will lose one of their best Ministers to the back bench, and it will possibly be Julia’s last chance at PM. I would suspect Swan or Tanner would be the new deputy.
If Julia gets up we lose a very capable PM to the back bench, and probably politics all together, plus Julia gets tarred with the “back stabbing bitch” tag and it’s manna from heaven for the Libs.
More updates as it happens.
UPDATE: Done and dusted. Rudd stepped down before the ballot…probably the best move he could make in that situation. A dark day in Australian politics when a sitting PM can be ousted based on bootstrapped campaign and lies and distortions from the media. Rupert must be so proud.
It will be interesting to see how much Julia is beholden to the factions now. I hope to god she softens the asylum seekers stance and sticks to her guns on the RSPT.
Yes only in America could they think this is a good idea.
According to massive douche-bag Joe Liebermann, the only way to prevent a “cyber 9-11” is to give the US President the power to shut off the internet, because it’s a strategic national asset.
There are so many things wrong with this statement I don’t even know where to begin, but I wonder if it has crossed this man’s tiny little brain that there are web servers outside the US? Or that anything that impacts on the functioning of another nation as severely as an internet shutdown might just piss them off a tad? And make them a touch antagonistic towards good old Uncle Sam?
What an arse-clown.