Bewdy Bob 18/9/2005
Don’t know if Bob Hawke intended it, but he’s certainly shored up Kim Beazley’s position as ALP leader. The Sunday Age reveals that Hawke has described his former protege, Beazley, as not “a good Leader of the Opposition”.
In a week in which the nation has been repulsed by the anger, malice and madness of former leader Mark Latham, Hawke disparages Beazley as lacking the “tough, nasty streak” to be effective in the top job.
Yeah, Bob, the last thing Australians want is a Labor leader who’s jovial, capable, trustworthy and a bit of a dag. They’ve already got a Prime Minister like that who just keeps winning elections.
Beazley’s like a pair of solid boots: they take a while to get used to, and they’re not very fashionable. But eventually you get really comfortable with them and you can’t imagine putting on anything else.
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