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.”  

The former Labor frontbencher, who quit politics at last month’s election to spend more time with her family, also spelled out “handy hints” for a future Labor government. In reference to the whirlwind days of the Rudd government, Ms Roxon argued that governments should not do too many many things at once.

“The truth is, government actually can’t cope with it and the public can’t absorb it.”

I love the use of “political bastardry”…there is nothing better than low bastardry in politics, it rinses the squeamish and sorts out the ratbags.

Good leaders always have someone who can act with low bastrddry…Helen Clark had David Lewis for the backrooms and media manipulation and Trevor Mallard as the public head kicker.


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  • Never in the dark…..

    When ‘rude’ & ‘dysfunctional’ caught my eye, I thought we were still talking about the 2-minute wonder, as the following is how a client of mine described him last week:

    “Rude, dysfunctional and a smug, arrogant bastard to boot”

  • Chiefsfan73

    Not really news. They couldn’t say this when he was the PM. Everyone knew his arrogance and nastiness was legendary.