Well, what an interesting day it has been in Australian politics. (ABC News)
I say that as a person who doesn’t really have much interest in the day-to-day machinations of the political parties and thinks they should all just stop whining about each other and get on with governing.
Nevertheless, the events of the day have been most interesting and I would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the caucus room when the vote was taken and our Prime Minister Julia Gillard was ousted by her long-term nemesis, Kevin Rudd.
I have done posts about the rivalry between Kevin and Julia before (Feb 2012 i and ii) and more recently there were murmurings of a spill. This had a high price for a few notable politicians when Kevin was a no-show.
Since the PM called the election an age ago, Kevin has been a busy little bee, buzzing around and making sure every photo opportunity was grabbed with both hands. Even though he said he was being helpful and doing his best to advance the party, pretty much everyone else described it as destabilization.
Tonight, with him being restored to the top of the pile, it seems as though his evil plan to regain power and destroy Julia has finally come to fruition….. All I can imagine now is him going home to his lair of evil, taking down all the pictures of Julia he has on the walls, with texta’d on fangs and moustaches, and replacing them with pictures of the next enemy on his list, Tony Abbot. *insert dramatic music here*
Kevin will have his hands full leading his party to the next election. After all, they have to campaign against an opposition who has been given the gift of all those soundbites from members of his own party telling us all what a horror he was to work with when they chucked him out last time.
A youtube clip has already been cobbled together and I am sure we will be sick to death of similarly dramatic ones playing in every ad break by the end of the week. I’m just hoping that the election comes quickly so someone can get on with managing the country. Yeah, I know, neither of those things will happen….
Oh well, as the cartoon says below, what’s going to happen next?!