Who leaked this footage? Was it someone from the Julia camp, or just a Liberal stooge?
One of the first public criticisms of Rudd’s leadership was that he was too obsessed with the daily media cycle. But was it all about spin, or was he simply trying to beat the media at their own game?
I had thought the recent media focus on who caucus hates most – Julia or Kevin – was a beat up. The tragedy for Julia is that she could not get on top of the rumours, and has done nothing terribly positive outside this issue to take back control of her image.
But nothing shows who frames the debate or who is deciding what questions are important than this clip of Rudd doing a dummy spit. No wonder Kev was obsessed with trying to control the media cycle. Politicians seem to be more accountable to the media than to voters – so much so that I feel not just impotent but that, as a voter, I am being manipulated.
If the media really frames all political debate, maybe the question is not one of whether we truly get the government we deserve, but one of whether we get the media we deserve.
Rudd is reputed to be a bit of a perfectionist, reputed not to be a team player, and reputed to be someone who does his block over trivial things [like crappy sandwiches on a long flight].
While I don’t know that it’s okay to swear at an innocent flight attendant over someone else’s failure to provide decent food, I must admit that I have, from time to time, lost my temper and used bad words just the way Rudd does in this clip.
It doesn’t change my impression of him one bit.
God help us if the media gets wind of some politician breaking wind.
It does the Liberal Party no credit that Tony Abbott has had their loyalty for so long. If they stood for anything, they would want to be represented by a spokesman prepared to tell us what that is.
What the leak suggests is that the ALP is a party at war with itself.
And if the party is at war with itself, this is because it doesn’t stand for anything, any more than the Liberal Party does.
If no one wins elections, but simply takes power by default because they are the lesser of two evils, who will win the next election? Who do you choose when there’s not even anything left to scrape from the bottom of the barrel?
tradition of having the leader chosen by the majority party in parliament is no longer workable, for the majority party no longer sets the agenda or frames public debate. At the moment it seems the media pulls all the strings. Unfortunately, the media is no more offering any leadership or vision than the major parties. Westminster
We are leaderless and – no pun intended – rudderless.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it – to myself as usual if that’s the best I can manage – the person who represents this country and sets an agenda and vision for parliament should be chosen directly by voters. It must be someone who is free to speak their mind, not someone beholden to a bunch of movers and shakers.
A reasonably independent agenda would hold parliament accountable, by framing debate and asking those who work against this elected vision to explain themselves.
The corollary of this is that any directly elected leader would be held openly accountable by parliament, not simply threatened behind closed doors.