Cold revenge   22/2/2013

This comment at Bolt’s blog makes sense. In a machiavellian way.

Andrew, I think it’s possible that Kevin Rudd is telling the truth about not challenging Gillard. I suspect he may be playing a longer game.
He may think that if Labor suffers a massive defeat, he may be able to take over and rebuild the party in his own image – in particular, he may be able to break the grip the union movement has over Labor. This would indeed be a huge accomplishment and would allow Labor to become a party much better suited to the times. The last few years have proven that the Hawke years were an abberation and that Labor remains a party wedded to class war and union patronage.
Rudd has no love of the unions and would love to do to them what they helped do to him. And it would actually create a better party. Strange as it sounds, Rudd may be Labor’s last best hope for genuine renewal. He’s young enough and egomaniacal enough to believe he can do it and give himself a permanent and major place in Australian political history.

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2 Comments for 'Cold revenge'

    Ian George
    22/2/2013 | 2:22 pm

    Rudd would not like to lead Labor to a defeat he believes is Gillard’s failure.
    And surely, if Labor loses, there’s a silver lining for him – to see the electorate do to her what she did to him.
    Remembered, Gillard’s been twice selected, never elected.

    27/2/2013 | 9:30 am

    Must admit I thought the pundits had got it badly wrong thinking Rudd would take over the leadership again for the election. Rather he enjoyed driving his Labor mates crazy with his personal popularity and when they got smashed he’d happily resign early next term to take up a cushy OS post proffered by the Coalition.

    Perhaps I’m wrong about that last bit and he’s really going to take a leaf out of Howard’s book and see them all eat their words over the long haul and he’s got some unfinished business with the faceless union hacks.

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