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Tuesday, 28 April 2015
The large last part prev. comments reproduced...
The last large part from prev. comments reproduced from my earlier blog entry.
Simply because all comments could not otherwise be reproduced.
To me this seems just another ploy to keep Labor in the forefront of the media, as only Labor can do.One has to wonder though what would possess them publishing books which are just an apology for their long litany of disasters and poor policies and just brings into focus their sheer disconnect with both voters and the needs of a present day economy.I wonder if they truly believe that this constant sad parade of books and interviews will in anyway help their cause?
From where I sit, it just reinforces the wise choice the nation made in voting in Mr Abbott and his able team.
@Myra Totally agree. This 'sad parade of books and interviews' is just their means of justifying the decisions and processes put in place that brought this country to its knees. Other than throwing a few bones (Gillard on Carr) they are just not admitting their mistakes, they are still in denial.
@Myra I note Howard was interviewed last night.. mainly because he published yet another book. All former politicians do it. They crave the limelight because it has now been removed from them most spectacularly. Personally I like these interviews because its the first time you usually get any honesty out of them (and I am pointing at both sides here) about what actually went on behind the scenes for most of the iconic moments of politics.
It's amazing that Gillard, like other ex PMs of this country, can remember the smallest details when creating their own historical version of their time in politics. It is truly a great shame that she can't remember whether or not corrupt union money was used to pay for renovations to her house.
@Robyn But could balance the books concerning the renovations expenditure and invoices paid when questioned, with no paperwork, very accurately going back all those years, supposedly proving it was all above board. Yet much simpler questions received the "I cannot recall" response. That's credible?
@Pat.@Robyn Like she couldn't remember in 1995 when asked by her boss but now, 20 years later and having no bank records available, can remember definitely paying herself. And they wonder why are all the people are cynical!! Go figure... :o/
Incidentally I wonder how many of these insights will be shared with her St Louis Missouri USA audience in October when she is a key note speaker at one of the Universities in St Louis - or whether it will be more about the socialist paradise that she and Swannie set about establishing.
What a waste of pixels (or ink). Great she can remember these things given they happened 5 years ago. All in all her leadership was characterised by blunder after blunder, spin after spin and cover-up after cover-up and policy failure after policy failure - remember she's the one that surrounded herself with the fools at the wheel like Jenny Macklin and Stephen Conroy, and Bill Shorten - whoops isn't he leader now?
Gillard's term as Prime Minister was an Encyclopedia of mistakes. She should fade away into the background and virtually disappear like the Cheshire cat leaving a humble smile on view. It could be though that she is being paid for this ridiculous heart to heart with the Ray of Sunshine so, one can only hope that 9 will get it's money's worth.
@RM Oh come on RM!! Gillard being interviewed by anyone at the ABC? Are you joking? Who're they going to get to ask hard questions? Although they don't have an interviewer called Dorothy Dix to interview members of the ALP (and the Greens for that matter) there are at least 6 who might just as well be called that and they're not all female either. How hard do you think the questions would be from Barrie Cassidy or David Marr or Leigh Sales or Emma Alberici or Fran Kelly or Tony Jones? That said, it would be both remiss and unfair not to note that Chris Uhlmann probably would have given Ms Gillard a much more searching interview than many of his colleagues at the ABC. However, what are the chances he would have been selected as the interviewer?
If Labor had any guts then it would have kicked Rudd out of the party for undermining Gillard. But instead they were weak and Gillard had to conjure up the nonsense that Tony Abbott was a misogynist. It also makes you seriously question Shorten's judgement to bring back Rudd. It really could not have been a worse six years of Government.
@Flanders AND...if they had expelled Rudd he would have resigned from parliament...AND..LNP would have won the subsequent by election..AND labor would not have the numbers to govern.Remember it was a hung parliament...The score is on the board for Gillard..She had a choice when she told Rudd she would not challenge..personal ambition or integrity..her ambition to be PM won out..When she promised that there would be no carbon tax under a government she would lead she had a choice.. personal ambition or integrity...AGAIN..ambition to be PM won out over keeping her word.As an insider she had the goods on Thomson yet she defended him for months to hold power..when Slippers sleaze reared its ugly head she defended him..to hold power....By her own actions she displayed repeatedly that raw ambition won out over personal integrity...
Apart from Rudd....the biggest mistake for the Labour Party was the appointment of Gillard." All this drivel about being "beaten up by Rudd, Abbott and the media"...Misogyny was it??
How weak can a person be?....especially when they dish out the dirt but can't take it themselves.
That this absolute goose of an incompetent woman, lounging around on a whopping ex PM's pension after pile driving Australia's economy and its legislature into the ground now sits in judgment of others just makes one laugh.