I have just listened to the interview between Julia Gillard and Mike Willesee. In it she cites the following reasons for why she is not liked:
1) the fact that she is a woman (she doesn’t say it, but implies it). This theory of course fails to explain why she was popular in her first couple of months of being PM. It also fails to sufficiently take into account all the factors listed below.
2) the “relentless negativity” of those who oppose her broken promise on the carbon tax. Perhaps instead of blaming people for criticising her over the broken promise she should look at the broken promise itself.
There are many reasons why she is unpopular. Most of those have to do with her integrity, of lack thereof. Perhaps the PM should gloss over the following list:
1) Broken carbon tax promise
2) Betrayal of Andrew Wilkie on pokies
3) Standing by Craig Thompson
4) Her office inciting what was arguably a mino race riot on Australia Day.
5) School hall ripoffs
6) Backflips and debacles on boat people
7) Rolling Kevin Rudd (note: I don’t hold anything against her for this one)
8) Denying that she broke her carbon tax promise or her deal with Andrew Wilkie
9) Sleazy deal with Peter Slipper
If any male politician was responsible for this list of sleazyness and incompetence, he too would be looking at similar levels of unpopularity. If Gillard really believes her own tripe, she is very seriously deluded.
Rudd and Gillard have together led the ALP to ruin and made Australia a weaker nation. How ironic that Rudd may yet get his old job back.