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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Gillard's trashing of Kevin07 has only just begun

Annabel Crabb of the ABC's The Drum adds weight to the previous post on the trashing of Kevin Rudd. One of the reasons he was denied a cabinet job is because of the hatchet job on the way .

It's probably for the best that Julia Gillard has opted to keep Kevin Rudd out of the Cabinet room for now.

In fact, it's probably advisable, for the immediate future, for Ms Gillard to ensure she is not in any room at the same time as her immediate predecessor.
This is a man who is reported to have freaked out when confronted by an inferior sandwich at 30,000 feet.
How will he be taking the sight of his former deputy calmly, charmingly, deliberately - and with significant apparent success - dancing on his grave?
Thursday's press conference by the new PM must have been bad enough.
In it, Ms Gillard - her tresses redone in a particularly murderous shade of claret - made repeated reference to the Rudd government as "a good government that had lost its way".
If you listen to the polls, and Julia Gillard does, you can assume the abandonment of the emissions trading scheme - effected back in April, when Newspoll went south at the angle of a Himalayan goat-track - was a significant instance of way-losing.
And where did the relevant players stand, on the trashing of the ETS?
Gillard: For.
Rudd: Against.
Ms Gillard has never denied this, but she has done little to dispel the popular perception that identifies the dithering on climate change as Kevin Rudd's.
If the victory press conference was tough for Kevin Rudd, one wonders what he might have felt on Sunday morning, when he unrolled the papers to find wall-to-wall coverage of Julia Gillard's renunciation of "his" population views.
Mr Rudd has argued at length that his comments embracing a "big Australia" were not an active endorsement of a 36 or 40 million population target.
Those figures, he explained umpteen times, were departmental projections, not an objective.
For months, Tony Abbott has joyously capitalised on the opportunity offered by Rudd's "big Australia", suggesting that the Government's plan was for 16 million extra newcomers to be personally escorted into your job and mine by an obsessively expansionist Kevin07.
Which is fine, because verballing Kevin Rudd is - or was - Tony Abbott's job.
How must Kevin Rudd be feeling, now that it is clear that Julia Gillard also considers it her job?
The new PM's weekend interviews deliberately plant Kevin Rudd in the "increase immigration" camp, and herself several hundred kilometres away, which makes perfect sense if you happen to be Julia Gillard but cannot, one imagines, feel anything other than utter outrage if you happen to be her luckless predecessor.
The weeks ahead will include many such examples, as Julia Gillard tacitly encourages a public awareness of Kevin07's failings, so as to deflect attention from her own.
It's a brutal job they're doing on him.
Under these circumstances, including Kevin Rudd in the Cabinet would amount to an invitation for him to join in.
And that - after a week of indignity - would be the cruellest cut of all.
The press should ,and mostly won't , ask where Juilia was when  the Government "lost it's way" as she euphemistically puts it. Was she locked in a closet as Barnaby Joyce suggests?
There is enough ammunition for Abbott to use if he and his team are up to the task of unseating Gillard but the job is much harder now.

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