Good on ya Rupert

via Daily Telegraph

via Daily Telegraph

A GIANT ego. A narcissist. A micro-manager. An impulsive control freak. A haphazard and secretive decision maker.

I think they missed out vain, mean and stupid.

This is not what Kevin Rudd’s political enemies think of him. It’s what many of his colleagues do.

Whether openly or whispered in hushed tones to journalists, this is the picture once painted by his fellow ministers, MPs, public servants and diplomatic associates.

It’s a decent rap sheet – one that easily tops the usual bile directed at colleagues or opponents in the den of iniquity that is politics. But nothing that borders outlandish.

Then, one day, the dam broke. The outspoken and literally outgoing member for Bendigo Steve Gibbons took to Twitter and publicly declared his former leader a “psychopath”. Among other less than genteel terms.

Rudd is at the very least an ego-maniac.  We have enough examples of them.

Cue disgraced Italian President Silvio Berlusconi, the balding media tycoon who thought he was so far above the law of the land, and predominant moral standings, that he thought nothing about paying an underage prostitute for sex, and then abused his powers in an attempt to cover a multitude of sins.

Berlusconi – Stamped: Psychopath.

Cue Anthony Weiner and his misbehaving, err, wiener. Having received a generous bounty of grace from the public over his sexting scandal that forced him to resign from Congress in 2011, the leading candidate for the New York mayoral robes was again caught with his pants down last month, using an alias Carlos Danger to text a woman, describing himself, among other things, as a “perpetually horny middle-aged man”.

Weiner – Stamped: Psychopath.

“Psychopaths are the ones that are do incredibly stupid things, things that are easily found out, then they lie and deny. This is a general pattern and you see that in politicians around the world. Berlusconi in Italy, Weiner in New York. It is as if they think they are above scrutiny. Yet of course they live in a fishbowl.”

“At the end of the day, most of them get caught out.”

Where Kevin Rudd sits on the scale, if at all, is an open-ended question – one that only a psychiatrist and a comfortable couch could deduce. Besides, maybe we should be grateful that our top politicians could be psychopaths. At least we know where they are.

Who are our New Zealand psychopaths in politics?  Add your suggestions in the comments below, and I’ll run a poll tomorrow to pick New Zealand’s Top Political Psychopath.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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