What does everyone think of Kevin Rudd's potential as leader?
I think the change can only help the Labor Party, though the good Mr Rudd needs to moderate his "professorial" approach to something a little more laid back at times.
I dunno much about Rudd - but from the little I've seen he seems to have about as much charisma as a bag of spuds - & a small one at that.
Ufortunatley for the ALP charisma (and the now obligatory 'playing on the fears of the general public') are what wins elections.
As much as I detest the man - Johnny will probably win again by deftly engineering a security issue, scapegoating refugees etc.
Maybe he'll claim that he personally spoilt a plot by refugee terrorists against the Aussis cricket team!!!
(can't you tell - I'm a political cynic )
As one liberal leader said yesterday..Beasley to Rudd is like bad to a disaster..basically labor has no leadership and u only have to look at the last federal election..enter Latham who bankrupted the liverpool council and the silly labor party thought he had good leadership qualities..labor is a joke out to destroy this country and love them or hate them u cant go past quality leadership in Howard and Costello.Originally Posted by Julia
Exactly.....the strongest thing the Liberal party has going for it though, is really the Labour Party!Originally Posted by petee
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Just as well because it hasn't much else going for it. Labour 's problems are the only thing keeping it in there. Where is Pauline now? they need another scare or stirOriginally Posted by CanOz
Since one of Rudd's favourite expressions is " the coaltion are just trying to appear hairy chested " ...
one of these days he's going to have to unbutton his shirt and show us how hairy his chest is
(At least Beazley was witty, and had a few more quotes in his repertoire than references to hairy chests)
The gamble is on Sadly, whoever wins the next election, we're gonna be stuck with a politician.!
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Petee, Is that the same outstanding leadership that led us blindly into Iraq, created a two tiered health and education system, stuck its head in the sand over climate change, ... and on... and on...I don't know whether Rudd has got the goods to fix up Jonnies mess but seriously, he could hardly do worse. The consistent claim by the Libs that Johhny manages the economy doesn't even cut it. He DID NOT create the GLOBAL era of affluence over the last 10 years. He merely squandered the fruits. Interest rates - when you listen to the overwhelming majority of unaligned economists, the almost unanimous opinion is that the effect of government is neglible. When Howard and Keating where treasurers in a high global interest environment, so was Aust. Now their low, so is Aust. Global interest rates edging higher, so is Aust. The only outstandind aspect of Howard and Costello's leadership is their ability to prevent themselves hearing the endless stream of bad news. Bart Simpson, we didn't do it, there were no witnesses, you can't prove a thing.
P.S. that was supposed to read "the effect of gov't is negligible (about.5%)
what was that quote I read recentlyOriginally Posted by skint
"dont confuse genius with a bull market?'
or perhaps , for this thread ""dont confuse genius with the stuff that bulls make?
on these points at least I agree skint
Juddy and 2020 - touche
Unfortunately while I was venting my political spleen, EXT is up and gone. Been waiting for this a while. Hopefully there'll be another opp'y to get in.
Note to self - place order then rant
Did I see that Kim Beazley's brother just died - sheesh.
Not really his day, all in all
Rudd will be the next PM, Libs are gone on the IR issue alone! Do the figures, more employee's then employer's. Not to mention Iraq. I afraid it is the end for "bonsia" the little Bush.
I hope your right Carmo, but don't understimate "Bonsai's" ability to conjure up another scare campaign. He's as cunning as a dunny rat on that note.
I have been a fan of Rudd for a long time.
He is there by ability and intelligence rather than his Dad (like Beazley) or running a faction like most of the others. He is actually not that popular within the party as he doesn't tow the line.
Don't compare him to Latham who was a complete fool.
I voted Howard last time but will be voting for Rudd this time.
Either way this is a bad thing for labour, only shows that they are a split party wont be getting my vote...... Hopefully Rudd can turn things around a bit, mabey make the party look more professional from the outside and stop acting like school children. At least then we could have some respect for the party. Might be a good start to get out of the CFMEU's @rse or visa versaOriginally Posted by spitrader1
Anyway, 'Dream Team' my **** yeh, we dream of leading labour to a win.... Tell em their dreaming!
By the way, you spell Australia like thatWhen Howard and Keating where treasurers in a high global interest environment, so was Aust. Now their low, so is Aust. Global interest rates edging higher, so is Aust. The only outstandind aspect of Howard and Costello's leadership is their ability to prevent themselves hearing the endless stream of bad news. Bart Simpson, we didn't do it, there were no witnesses, you can't prove a thing.
Mint man, Aust. is a commonly used abbreviation for Australia. "Maybe", on the other, has never been spelt "mabey".
I am with Knobby on this one. I am Liberal through and through but there is a certain appeal about Kevin Rudd. He is certainly much smarter than most politicians. Lets hope his sunrise counterpart Joe Hockey challenges the Liberal leadership. Now there would be something to see.