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Rudd’s rant – so f*cking what?

This video, that’s making all the headlines, was actually made some time ago, when Kevin Rudd was still PM. It’s a ‘blooper tape’ of Rudd attempting to record a message for the Chinese New Year, getting frustrated with it and letting fly with a few adjectives.

Obviously he knew the camera was still running so you’d reckon he felt pretty sure it’d be secure and not become public. It’s equally obvious that whoever posted it did so in an attempt to damage Rudd’s chances of retaking the leadership from Julia Gillard. At least that’s what’s implied in this Age article ‘Rudd row gets dirty’:

A Labor insider said the video could only have come from the Prime Minister’s office, which stores such clips. If true, that would suggest a bitter escalation of the leadership crisis between Ms Gillard and the Foreign Affairs Minister.

Gillard, of course, denies it came from her office. Then again, she also denied that the stirring up of the tent embassy people on Australia Day came from her office too. I reckon this will backfire on her just like that event did.

Quite frankly, I don’t think there’s anything in the video for Rudd to be ashamed of. We all know that, as PM, he had a reputation for not suffering fools and throwing the odd tantrum. So what? He wouldn’t be the first PM to bang his fist on a table and come out with a few expletives to describe the idiots around him. Keating comes to mind. So does Hawke.

The reality is that good leaders don’t have to be Saints or even liked by their underlings. This is politics and sycophantic nice guys do not good Prime Ministers make. I also like the fact that Rudd is not afraid to show his feelings about – and dislike of – the Chinese:

Mr Rudd has previously used disparaging remarks in relation to Chinese officials. It was reported in June 2010 that he had privately told journalists in Copenhagen amid climate change talks: “Those Chinese f*ckers are trying to rat-f*ck us

Way to go Kevin. Bring him back … please!


  1. Iain Hall says:

    Oh I agree with what you say here Ray , the vid does not show Rudd in a very bad light at all, sure he says fuck a few times but even then he is keeping a lid on his obvious frustration.
    I also think that you are right about Gillard being implicated in the release of this footage now there is probably some bullshit subterfuge so that she can deny direct responsibility for the release….
    Of course the other rather slim possibility is that Rudd himself leaked the footage in an attempt to double bluff the Gillard crew, either way its not going to damage Rudd as much as it is obviously killing Gillard.

  2. Agree with Ray and Iain. This video will not damage Rudd.

    Gotta really question the PMO’s political judgment here. These types thought that the Australia Day protest by a bunch of Aboriginal radicals would harm Tony Abbott. As if.

    Now this video is meant to harm Rudd’s chances. It won’t. Like the Australia Day protests, only she will suffer blowback.

    The PMO’s political judgment is as bad as Gillard’s.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Struth Chaps!!!

    This must be a first here at the Sandpit, all of us agreeing about an aspect of politics!!!!

  4. damage says:


    Double or nothin?

    End of FEB.

  5. Ray Dixon says:

    Thanks for fixing the video for me, Iain. I couldn’t get it to embed even in the youtube brackets.

  6. Ray Dixon says:

    Rudd’s on Sky News at the moment, lapping it up. He’s even back to his old PM style of asking himself questions and answering them:

    “Do I still swear?”
    “Yes I do”
    “Do I swear less?”
    “I hope so”

    I kid you not, it’s great PR for him.

  7. Amazingly enough, I too agree with you Ray on this one. And, rather regrettably, it’s good publicity for Rudd – he had a crack at the PM position, now he should just move on. However – and it’s quite a big ‘however’ – was there really a need to praise Rudd’s ‘opinion’ on the Chinese? Firstly, surely we should expect our prime ministers to show a bit more respect of other countries; secondly, China is a very important geographic and economic neighbour for Australia; thirdly, whatever people might think of China’s politics we should show a bit of good-natured respect for the general Chinese population. So, yes, I too can’t see what all the fuss is about Rudd swearing – we all know that many Australian love, erm, colourful language – but the denigration of the Chinese – in both Rudd’s bloopers and in the post above – is more than a bit off.

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    the denigration of the Chinese – in both Rudd’s bloopers and in the post above – is more than a bit off.

    I have a new name for you:

    Nigel the nitpicker

    Look, Nige, my comment was that I like the way Rudd wasn’t afraid to state his opinion of the Chinese. Get it? My emphasis is on his forthrightness, regardless of the subject, not on the subject. I’m not endorsing his views on the Chinese (I have Chinese ancestry, btw)

  9. Ray, I was just pointing out that it’s more than a little ironic that people are going on about Rudd’s swearing, but really people should be commenting on what appears to be more than a whiff of racism against the Chinese, especially for a man who claimed to be a big friend of China, and who’s now the Foreign Minister. As far as I’m concerned, our politicians can swear all they want, but they should be much more careful about how they talk about our neighbours!

    BTW I reckon bloggers by nature are nitpickers 🙂

  10. Ray Dixon says:

    people should be commenting on what appears to be more than a whiff of racism against the Chinese

    Oh, Nige, there you go again, reading “racism” into innocuous comments. Rudd’s comment was specific to the Copenhagen summit and to China’s blatant attempts to subvert it. There was no racism in saying, “those Chinese fuckers”. If I call you a “fucker” am I being homophobic? No, I’m just expressing anger at you. Btw, I’m not angry at you, just bemused.

  11. Ray Dixon says:

    BTW I reckon bloggers by nature are nitpickers

    Mate, if we really wanted to nitpick we’d be …. well, we’d be Jeremy Sear and his sidekick, Dave ‘Elsewhere’ Gaukroger.

  12. Iain Hall says:


    BTW I reckon bloggers by nature are nitpickers

    which is why we are so important in the on going battle against head lice…

  13. Ray Dixon says:

    And ‘intellectual dishonesty’, Iain?

  14. Iain Hall says:

    Gee I don’t know Ray our learned friend keeps coming a cropper trying to do that, when he is repeatedly hypocritical…

  15. Ray Dixon says:


    According to news report, a spill for the leadership is expected when Parliament resumes on Monday week (the week beginning 27th Feb). I reckon that’s about right. I also reckon that Gillard will actually win that spill … but not the next one. Within a few months.

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