Kevin Rudd is going to save the world from ruin.
Back in June 23 2010, when Rudd was "STABBED" in the back by Julia Gillard, my own belief at the time was, and I did post it somewhere on the ASF, the event was well engineered to release Rudd as Prime Minister to pursue his ambitions for the UN Secretary Generals top job.....Had he resigned as Prime Minister it would have looked too obvious.....so he was disposed in what looked like an ugly scene...Gillard then appoints Rudd as the new Foreign Minister.....Good move for Rudd.
Ban-ki-Moon's term in office was due to expire in December 2012...Kevin Rudd needed 18 months flipping around the world at tax payers expense to popularize himself with the great world leaders.....He becomes a renowned figure in every country he visits..."my names Kevin and want to save the world from ruin"....He probably traveled more than any other Australian Foreign Minister.....Ah!! but alas, it all came unstuck when Ban-ki-Moon ( a renowned Greenie), unknown to Kevin Rudd at the time, decided to run for another 5 year term and was duly reappointed......It was not long after December 2012 when Rudd resigns as Foreign Minister, Rudd returns to the back bench to watch Gillard's popularity plummet....His words at the time were "I will not challenge Gillard as the leader of the Labor Party, I back her 100%".....but there was a challenge set up by Simon Crean and Rudd chickened out due to lacking in numbers.....But as time went on and Gillards popularity continued to fall, Rudd made his move to save some of the furniture as the saying goes......He did succeed to a point at the 2013 election but not long after he resigns as opposition leader, goes to the back bench and then resigns from parliament altogether and creates a bi-election a few weeks after.
To the best of my knowledge, Rudd is still a member of the UN Climate Change Committee and hoping for a leg up to greater ambitions......The UN Secretary Generals position will once again become vacant at the end of 2017.....we might say that is over 2.5 years away, but, Rudd will need that time to again establish himself amongst some new world leaders.....he is quietly traveling around the world without much media attention and will no doubt increase his activities in the months ahead.
Bob Carr this week has broken the ice or perhaps spilled the beans on Rudd's second attempt to become the UN Secretary General....l wish him luck with his ambitions but am not sure whether his popularity around the world is all that great...Only time will tell.....I have yet to do some research on when and how the appointment is made before the present Secretary General stands down.....I believe 2 x 5 year terms are the limit.
It will be interesting to follow how this all unfolds.