Suffer in ya jocks Kevin

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


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 – 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 – 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”.

“We will also continue to press for the council to take action to assist the humanitarian effort in Syria.”

Ms Bishop’s 10-minute address followed her world debut on Thursday as president of the UN Security Council, in which she successfully passed a landmark resolution on small arms and light weapons.

The cruel irony for Mr Rudd was that Ms Bishop’s position chairing the two-hour meeting was only made possible thanks to his four-year campaign to snare a position on the council, a battle that was criticised and even ridiculed at the time by Ms Bishop.

Last year Ms Bishop said the campaign was a waste of taxpayers’ money and, when Australia was awarded the position on the Security Council last October, she called it an “expensive victory”.

But on Thursday she took the glory of Mr Rudd’s efforts, and accepted praise from nation states, who applauded the Australian government for addressing the issue of small arms trade.

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