With an October election looking more likely by the minute, Kevin Rudd plans to emasculate the people who handed him the Prime Ministership.
“I would only consider being drafted into Office again if there is an overwhelming Caucus majority”, said our Kev. But there was nothing like an overwhelming majority.
Contrary to Labor Ministers’ insistence, if Bill Shorten had not brought the required numbers to the Caucus table, a mere 20 minutes before the vote was taken, Julia Gillard would likely still be Prime Minister.
It was only after she heard that Shorten had ratted on her that Gillard admitted defeat. How did she know that?
Well, the final vote was 57 to 45 in Rudd’s favour. Prior to Shorten’s announcement it was line ball, as Gillard had said.
It was close and she knew it teetered on which way Shorten jumped.
A differential of twelve votes meant if six Caucus members had voted the other way, Rudd would have faced yet another failed attempt to assassinate Gillard.
But shorten carried more than six votes into Caucus… possibly eight.
Calling a Press conference to announce his prescient intention to back Rudd indicated the votes he spoke for were easily sufficient to kill Gillard.
Rudd knew without Shorten he was dead meat but Rudd has not appreciated Shorten’s support. In fact he has moved to destroy Shorten’s long-term ambition of ALP Leadership.
Shorten’s numbers were instrumental in Rudd’s initial knifing and critical to Gillard’s elevation… and to her eventual demise.
More proof is hardly needed that Bill Shorten will stoop to any low to fulfil his Bill Ludwig-bestowed destiny.
But Kevin Rudd too was on a mission to claim what he saw as his rightful role as Australia’s Prime Minister and Julia had handed it to him on a plate the moment she announced an eight-month election campaign.
It was a tactic aimed at Abbott but blind to her real enemy, Kevin Rudd. Yet another instance of Gillard’s lack of political judgment.
An eight-month campaign allowed the “I’m only here to help” Kev to commence campaigning in the marginal seats of those who supported him.
He could not have done that without her inane eight-month campaign announcement.
The results were devastating and marked the end of Gillard.
Kev’s campaigning immediately encouraged the pollsters to draw a renewed comparison between the two protagonists and forced a nervous Caucus to again start counting numbers.
But the cost to Shorten was great. He had ratted on his mates and his union base is now fractured.
Even the AWU’s “we’ve got your back, Prime Minister” Paul Howes, has disowned him.
Worse still for Shorten is Rudd’s order for Presidential style Party elections that, in effect, neuter the unions’ influence.
Rudd will never forgive those who arranged Gillard’s knifing of him and he is currently seeking to kill them off for good. It’s a task that may be beyond him.
What Rudd is proposing is that the Parliamentary wing of Labor divest itself of the unions’ faceless men. But it may be that the faceless men will again divest themselves of Rudd, and this time for good.
Rudd’s is a perilous gamble that has little chance of success because unions will not allow ownership of their Labor Party to be snuffed out by one arrogant, anti faction populist who they temporarily installed as PM.
Rudd’s bump in the polls will soon dissipate as memories of his myriad inadequacies are jolted.
Union powerbrokers are gathering their loins for the next ALP National Conference in a livid rage at a virtual outsider attempting to steal their heritage of 123 years.
Kevin Rudd is left with a precarious skeleton of potentially disloyal Caucus members who have already shown they will readily turn on a Leader when it suits their interests.
The best of Caucus and most of the front bench have resigned in revulsion. Albanese alone will not be enough.
Kev is virtually on his own with a crippled and incompetent C team incapable of dealing with a sophisticated union onslaught.
Our Kev has the conceited arrogance to believe he can rip the Labor Party heart from the breasts of trade unions and simply walk away
It could be his making but more likely it will expose his mortality.