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Flopping fish, the Rudd revival show, and the spectres of the past present and the future

As Labor seems to be flopping around gasping for political breath  like a fish on a jetty we conservatives can only look on with amazement at how that poor fish moves further away for any chance of getting back in the water instead of ending up in the frying pan of history as the only self filleting fish in living memory.  For those individuals who have nursed any hope that Labor could stage a spectacular come back after the Carbon tax failed to make the sky fall in are being sadly disappointed. The voters are all just so over Labor and just counting down the days until they can use their stubby electoral commission pencils  to put the party out of its misery.

We have the confected outrage at Tony Abbott’s speech made in the USA the other day but I’ve carefully read the speech and its nothing it warrant the sort of criticism that desperate lefties have been trying to serve up.  The voters have, I think, already decided that Gillard is for the chop and the fact that they have to wait until 2013 to use those stubby pencils means that politics is relegated to the back-burner for most people. Hence the narrow and rather desperate hope that Kevin could be drafted to be the saviour of our oldest political party. Yes comrades just as a thirsty man dreams of water in the desert Labor tragics dream about a white knight leading them out of the wilderness and into a future where the Labor party is not reduced to a cricket team in the currently  fashionable Queensland and NSW style. The problem is that after Gillard succeeded in calling him out before he was ready to win the contest last February he promised not to challenge again. This put him and his backers in the rather tricky position of not being able to openly campaign or even do the numbers as Graham Richardson observes in the OZ    :

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As much as I want the government changed the cautious me wants to see Labor at least make a decent show of it because we get better government when we have a decent opposition. That said even if we see Rudd raise Lazarus like form his political grave what is the chance that he will do anywhere near enough to win back even some of those dreamers of the stubby pencils? Would Rudd, for instance, re make our “asylum” policies into something effective? Would he dump the  truly despised Carbon tax? Would he tell the Greens that the door is that way? Even if he did all of that would it make the slightest bit of difference?

I am reminded of the way that Charles Dickens  opened his novel “A Christmas Carroll”

Labor was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.

   Old Labor was as dead as a door-nail.

   Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Labor was as dead as a door-nail.

The trouble is that there will be no Ghosts to show the party the “glories” of its past (Gough anyone?) The bleakness of its present (a very  miserable  Julia Gillard ) and a portent of  its dark future (none other than Anna Bligh). Labor’s is a future without the possibility of redemption and there in we find the tragedy of a once great party that shuffles zombie like towards utter oblivion but the sad thing is that apart from some desperate denialists no one even cares any more.

Cheers Comrades




Richo and Bolta try not to enjoy the demise of Gillard too much

Well I loved listening to this over my morning coffee so I thought I’d share it with the Sandpit’s readers.

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Lazarus with half pike and flashy somersault

Who else out there thinks that the introduction of Gillard’s legislative fix for the high court decision on her Malaysian solution was a really bad strategic move? The only reason that she could have been doing so is some sort of empty hope that Abbott would relent when the question was definitively put in the house. Of course as he is a far more astute player than Gillard. Tony Abbott has just been able to watch as yet again Labor  drives a dagger into its own collective chest on this issue. Its just another case of Labor ineptitude and who better to go to but Richo who must thank his lucky stars every morning that he does not have to spin such bad strategy to a public who used to believe that Labor was a realistic option for decent government only to find that they have a very bad comedy act who seem to have forgotten that you don’t save a bad performance with even worse scripts and worse acting.

Leadership speculation is inevitable in this climate of confusion and desperation. Kevin Rudd is the name on every journalist’s lips and the lips of many voters, if the polls are to be believed. The big question is will the caucus be so panicked that it would swallow its pride and bring him back.

Rudd, of course, is doing nothing to dampen down this speculation and no doubt he will be emboldened by that stupid leak to The Daily Telegraph. If the Prime Minister or her office had workshopped for a month to find the most ham-fisted, clumsy way to leak a damaging story on Rudd’s largesse on his overseas trips, they couldn’t have been silly enough to come up with this. This one had the PM’s fingerprints all over it.

While wholesale panic has not yet set in, there is movement at the station on the leadership question. Rudd always had some supporters and the prospect of losing 40 seats has seen that support base grow from about 10 to somewhere in the early 20s. None of the caucus big guns have jumped on board yet and I doubt they will.

The intractable problem of the three independents who keep Labor in power has not diminished. There is no sign yet that they are prepared to countenance a leadership change. The problem is that this latest mega-failure on refugees has extinguished all hope in the caucus that their poll numbers may recover in time for the next election.

This is a dilemma as awful as it is unprecedented. With no logical candidate, no agreement for change with the independents, there is a sense of hopelessness settling over the entire caucus. There is a view that like good little lemmings they have no choice but to follow Gillard over the cliff.

Graham Richardson

I think that its only a matter of time now and even the much mooted return of Brother Number One from his enforced long (on frequent flyer) march can save either the government or the party. The only way that he would stand a chance would require him to drop the Carbon Tax, saying that it needs electoral endorsement before becoming Law and cutting back the NBN while trying to run a very dull “caretaker” government that focuses on sound administration rather than the endless and often questionable “reform”. Some how I don’t think that Brother Number One will be able to do this because his ego is just too uncontrollable and that he will want to invent some new “big vision” concept to redeem himself as the nations visionary saviour…

Cheers Comrades

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