Even my reading has been infected by Jules and Kev!

So I am reading The Jesus Man by Christos Tsiolkas and there’s all that wanking and that death by self-castration – and guess what I inevitably think of!

Yes, the ALP and Jules and Kev…

And the eBook I am working through is Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy – where this guy called Kev takes Jules out in a rowing boat on an isolated lake and…

Well, you know the rest…

To paraphrase Bill Hayden many years ago, even a drover’s dog could win for the Libs come the next election, whatever happens today — whether Bruce Hawker or Jules and the No Faces gets up.

I recommend the books.

So now we know

Jules has the support of a clear majority in the Labor Caucus.

That ought to settle the matter, but we’ll see I guess. People do forget that we do not — thank God! – operate in a US style presidential system and consequently to not vote directly for the country’s leader. We do vote for the local candidate who embodies more of the policies than not that we would like to see operating in the country, and that usually (but not always) means picking one party or another. The party that sweeps or scrapes in overall then forms the government and the leader of that party – however chosen – then leads the country.

Thus Julia Gillard is at present the legitimate head of government in Australia.

Goodbye, Kevin. Goodbye Bruce Hawker!

Had the 2010 election led — as it well may have — to a hung Parliament with Tony Abbott as Prime Minister we equally would have had, under OUR system, no say in the choice of leader. If I had the choice, as a matter of interest, Malcolm Turnbull would have had the guernsey.

Next day

Peter Costello is not far wrong, in my opinion.

Those ministers who came out for Rudd were largely the ones who had been demoted by Gillard and bore her a grudge: Kim Carr, Chris Bowen and Robert McClelland. The only person of significance to declare for Rudd was a weepy Anthony Albanese (why is it that Labor strongmen resort to tears on occasions like this?) and ”Albo” had been the numbers man on the last occasion. He was not a convert to the "new" Kevin. He was the last man standing with the "old" Kevin.

The most damning thing for Rudd was that apart from those mentioned above, and the honourable exception of Martin Ferguson, the whole of the cabinet was against him. His support was least among those who knew him best. Sometimes the closer you get to a person, the more you admire them. And sometimes you don’t! Rudd was stronger with the public because they were too far away to see behind the cheesy and slightly nerdy public persona. Those of us who have mixed with him in the parliamentary forum know the other Kevin as well.

This time the Gillard forces were determined to shine the spotlight on that other Kevin. They were led by Wayne Swan, someone who has known Rudd from high school. He described Rudd as "dysfunctional" with a "demeaning attitude to other people". He accused him of "sabotaging" policy announcements and leaving the government in a "mess". Swan told us that Rudd put "his own self-interest ahead of the … country"…

None of this would have surprised those who had followed Rudd’s career in Queensland, where his treatment of fellow public servants earned him the moniker "Doctor Death". The amazing thing was that it had been so well hidden. Every time a question arose about Rudd’s integrity in the lead-up to the 2007 election – for example, over his dealings with Brian Burke or his account of his night in a New York strip club – it was laughed off. The press were happy to ignore it because they wanted a change of government. And no two people did more to cover up for Rudd than Gillard and Swan…