Blood and Guts, Ctd

The battle is on. Kevin Rudd has declared war and Gillard’s video leak has backfired. Most people have reacted quite differently from how Gillard’s team might have predicted it. His response wasn’t contrived or fake, it was real and resonates. Quite the contrast between Rudd and Mallard here.

Off the back of that he has declared the war is on and started the campaign to return as leader of the ALP and to the Prime Ministership.

THE Labor leadership challenge is now on.

The only question is whether there will be a formal ballot when parliament resumes in a week’s time or whether Labor limps into March with its leadership unresolved.

Kevin Rudd, in response to the damaging leak of an expletive-ridden video of him when he was prime minister, has publicly disclosed his intentions, with declarations of having learned from his mistakes and wanting to get the government’s message back on to the economy.

Giving what was literally a five minutes to midnight interview to Sky News, Rudd formalised and unveiled a campaign to return to the leadership that has been underway for months.

The release of the damning video and Rudd’s response gives his campaign even more momentum amid an atmosphere of dirty tricks, ministers desperately trying to frighten backbenchers about Rudd’s personality, and the possibility of an early election.

But too much of the Gillard camp’s response is coming too late, there has been too much denial about Rudd’s intentions, and a false confidence that Labor MPs and voters would not accept Rudd as prime minister again.

Rudd’s campaign has gathered huge momentum in the last two weeks and the belated tactics from the Gillard camp to shore up support or demand Rudd “put up or shut up” have failed.

The situation is now flipped and the incumbent prime minister is in the position of seeking support ahead of a ballot.

Rudd has effectively put up. This week promises to be all sorts of awesome politically and non of it will be playing here in New Zealand.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.