Kevin Rudd’s election campaign looks to be in tatters, moral is slipping and North Korean style back slapping and sing alongs aren’t going to help.
… reports emerge of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s behind-the-scenes fury at how events have soured for him. According to several sources, his travelling party has witnessed familiar outbursts of anger and a growing cranky demeanour from the PM, while campaign headquarters in Melbourne is at a low ebb. Staff members who have dared to voice opinions and challenge strategies have been removed, leaving a sense of distrust and insecurity among those remaining.
Frustration is also growing at how Mr Rudd and his pseudo campaign manager, Bruce Hawker, have been freewheeling on strategies and policy. “The mood is so depressed. It’s like there is no reason left to keep fighting,” one insider said.
I can’t wait for the cellphone videos to emerge. More information is leaking out of Rudd’s unhappy campers.
The campaign theme is New Way: a carefully focus-tested message designed to break with the nasty soap opera that consumed Julia Gillard’s leadership. But Rudd’s promise of a New Way is a joke among some staff at Labor’s Melbourne campaign headquarters (CHQ), where about 100 young staff work long hours. Read more »