Politician’s reputations are in the pits, so low that even unionists can’t stand them:
Key Labor figure Paul Howes has lashed out crudely at Labor MPs he says are undermining Prime Minister Julia Gillard, telling those who anonymously attack their leader to ”grow a pair”.
The Australian Workers’ Union national secretary, who earlier in the week pledged his 110 per cent support for Ms Gillard, took aim at insiders who spoke anonymously to journalists and speculated about a return to Kevin Rudd or spread criticism.
”Nothing upsets me more lately than opening newspapers on a daily or weekly basis and reading anonymous quotes from ‘senior Labor sources’ undermining our Prime Minister, undermining the leadership of our movement and this country,” he said in his closing speech to the AWU national conference on the Gold Coast.
”What a bunch of gutless pricks they are that they can’t put their names to what they are saying.”
The tough talking drew applause from union delegates at the four-day national conference.