Kevin Rudd

With negatives like this forget about game changers, the game is actually all over

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Labour has claimed variously that this policy or that person will be a game changer for them.

But, if the accounts in Richard Prebble’s The Letter are anything to go by it is no use changing the game, the game is actually over already.

¬†John Key confessed one of New Zealand‚Äôs worst kept secrets that National is addicted to polling and polls every week.¬† This is how they know voters think National is going to win.¬† National polls show ‚ÄúDavid Cunliffe has failed to connect with voters.¬† In Christchurch Cunliffe is polling at minus 63 percent.¬† This unfavourable rating puts him behind Russell Norman and Winston Peters‚ÄĚ.¬† A 63% unfavourable rating in Labour voting Christchurch means most Labour voters do not like their leader. Cunliffe has no cross party appeal. Every time he appears on TV he loses Labour votes.¬† In the tough minded Australian Labor Party faced with this situation with Julia Gillard the caucus held its nose and re-elected Kevin Rudd who they hated.

Those negatives are telling…in Christchurch…the red core of Labour in the South Island and David Cunliffe has worse negatives than even Gerry Brownlee.¬† Read more »

Kevin Rudd vs Helen Clark for the top UN job

How entertaining. Two massive megalomaniacs fighting each other out for the top global government role.

Former foreign minister Bob Carr believes the United Nations could do with a dose of Kevin Rudd’s “legendary forcefulness”.

There has been some speculation the former prime minister covets the UN secretary general gig.

The incumbent Ban Ki-moon finishes his second term in 2016.

While spruiking his memoir at a Sydney bookstore on Saturday, Mr Carr said Mr Rudd had his support.

“He would be a very strong, credible candidate,” Mr Carr said. “It would be the most natural thing in the world for him to stand.”

The race was wide open.

“I think the forcefulness Kevin showed sometimes in selling a case might be considered by some in the UN as an advantage,” Mr Carr said.

A lot of members of the UN general assembly liked Mr Rudd’s agenda and Australia’s international personality.

Hopefully they attack each others campaigns. That will be worth a big bucket of popcorn. ¬† Read more »

Labor to refund illegal $200,000 donation

Here is a great headline, unfortunately its Labour in Aussie.

Labor to refund illegal $200,000 donation used to fund¬†polling in Kevin Rudd’s seat of Griffith in 2013 federal election

LABOR will refund an illegal $200,000 donation that was used to fund polling in Kevin Rudd’s seat during last year’s federal election, according to a report.

The donation was allegedly paid to Labor’s Griffith branch bank account by Taiwan developer and former banker Kung Chin Yuan on September 3,¬†The Australian¬†reports.

Labor officials found the transaction during an audit and were advised by lawyers that it breached state electoral laws.

It is illegal in Queensland for a registered political party to receive a gift of foreign property.¬† Read more »

Watkins on Cunliffe

Tracy Watkins writes about David Cunliffe and asks if it is at all possible that he can turn around the sinking ship that is Labour.

You could probably have cut the air with a knife at this morning’s Labour caucus after another poll showing the party on a slide toward defeat in September’s election.

The Herald-Digipoll has Labour on 29.5 per cent which simply confirms what every other poll has been telling the party since the start of the year.

Blame National leader John Key’s extraordinary popularity, blame the surge in economic confidence and belief that the country is on the right track, blame Labour leader David Cunliffe’s stumbles over trusts and party policy, blame the carry-over of mistrust toward Cunliffe from within his own caucus, or blame the fact that there is clearly an internal struggle within Labour over direction and strategy.

What it all adds up to is a party that is yet to put up a convincing case to voters that it is ready to govern or that there is any reason for a change from National.

Can David Cunliffe turn things around?¬† Read more »

Labour parties are the same the world over

The headline is scarily similar to what happened here in NZ.

Labour the world over booby traps the economy of their victim countries.

When Joe Hockey was growing up and dreaming of becoming prime minister, he would not have imagined that his dream would lead him to joining a bomb disposal unit. Tomorrow, he will unveil the first bomb he must dismantle and it is almost nuclear in its capacity for destruction.

At 12.30 on Tuesday, Hockey, who has also been the stand-out thespian of the new federal parliament, will unveil the real horror, dysfunction and narcissism of Kevin Rudd’s contribution to Australian political history, disably assisted by Julia Gillard. Hockey will release the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, known in the trade as MYEFO, which will show a budget deficit much worse than Labor led us to believe, probably close to $50 billion, debt obligations much higher than Labor led us to believe, and unfunded liabilities that are so irresponsibly crushing the government will have to walk away from many of them. The most monumental folly is the National Broadband Network, whose economic rationale was worked out on a piece of paper by Rudd. The scheme subsequently created by former communications minister Stephen Conroy would cost more than $70 billion and never recover its cost of capital. The Abbott government will have to start again.¬† Read more »

Larry Pickering on Kevin Rudd

Larry Pickering writes of the end of the career of Kevin Rudd.

It is a superb sledge-fest from beginning  to end.

It’s difficult to find words that aptly describe your momentous contribution to Australia’s political scene. But I will try.

We will miss your quaint dysfunctional disasters, your megalomania, your narcissistic self absorption.

We will miss your conceited arrogance and rudeness… your schizophrenic flakiness and psychotic boorishness. ¬† Read more »

Kevin Rudd quits, cries a river of tears

Kevin Rudd has quit parliament and caused a by-election.

It is touch and go whether Labor can retain his seat.

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd is to quit politics, effective from the end of this week.

His departure will force a byelection in the Brisbane seat of Griffith.

Declaring “it really is time for me to zip”, Mr Rudd dropped the bombshell announcement to a packed House of Representatives on Wednesday evening.¬† Read more »

Rudd – a “bastard”, rude and dysfunctional

Now Kevin Rudd is powerless his former mates are going dog on him and slamming him openly in the media, describing him as dysfunction, rude and a “bastard”.

The former attorney-general Nicola Roxon has launched a scathing critique of the Rudd years, slamming former prime minister Kevin Rudd as a “bastard” who was a rude and dysfunctional leader and calling on him to quit politics.

“Removing Kevin was an act of political bastardry for sure. But this act of political bastardry was made possible only because Kevin had been such a bastard himself to so many people already,” she said on Wednesday evening.

But in giving the John Button lecture, Ms Roxon also acknowledged that while Labor did the right thing by getting rid of Mr Rudd in June 2010, the party did it in a clumsy way. “I think we had all the right reasons to act but I think we were clumsy and shortsighted in the way we did it.” ¬† Read more »

ALP not ready for a wog leader, select union heavy instead

The ALP have selected Bill Shorten to replace Kevin Rudd as leader after the bloodbath of the federal elections. He beat out Anthony Albanese, who was linked Obeid and MacDonald corruption scandals that brought down Labor in New South Wales.

Shorten is considered to be from the right of the party even though he was a union heavy, and was instrumental in knifing Kevin Rudd to push Julia Gillard into the leadership. There was talk in 2010 that he would knife Julia Gillard and take over even getting endorsement from Bob Hawke and Kim Beazley. He did eventually assist in the knifing of Gillard ironically in favour of the person he knifed earlier.

Clearly the ALP like distrustful ratbags as their leader…either that or a union heavy is preferable to a South Sydney wog.

Bill Shorten has been elected Labor leader, despite a clear majority of party members preferring his opponent, Anthony Albanese.¬† Read more »

Suffer in ya jocks Kevin

Kevin Rudd has found out what happens when you go from hero to zero…you become Nigel No Mates.

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Nigel No Mates strolls the streets of New York

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd cut a lonely figure on the streets of New York on Friday ‚Äď while just a few blocks away his old rival Julie Bishop stood confidently, addressing world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.

A forlorn-looking Mr Rudd, who only a month ago enjoyed the privileges of an enormous entourage, was spotted strolling alone in Manhattan ‚Äď no security personnel, no chief of staff and no friends.

It was in stark contrast to Australia’s freshly minted Foreign Minister who spent Friday meeting the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and also the United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Later she delivered Australia’s national statement at the general debate of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, in which she said she was “delighted” to take part, and that “the new Australian government will put economic diplomacy at the centre of our foreign policy”.