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Post mortem of a Prime Minister

Posted on: 29 September 2010

Firts published The Chronicle, Canberra 28 September, 2010

Notwithstanding that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is strutting the world’s political stage, his unexpected political death at the hands of assassins needs a post mortem. His assassins don’t want one because a political post mortem would likely shed light on a range of political health problems they wouldn’’t want voters to know about.

Unlike Scarpetta’s criminal forensic skills, my political forensic skills are nil, so in tackling this post mortem I asked why did Kevin Rudd end up on the slab of the political mortuary? Was it because the assassins thought him dictatorial, lacking in ideas and competence and thought they could do better? Generally, history is unkind to assassins and I have no good reason to think history will treat Rudd’s assassins any differently although I am in no doubt that some political historians will try to show it in a good light. 

However, a brief background of the victim is useful when doing a political post mortem. So what of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd? From when he was sworn in as Australian Prime Minister 4 December 2007 until the events of 24 June, 2010, he seemed happy and content as he had every reason to be as the most popular Prime Minister Australia ever had.

Unfortunately for him, some of his parliamentary colleagues were less than happy and as time went by, the unhappier they became although their unhappiness was not exhibited publicly. Indeed, in public they praised him with laudatory remarks that would have pleased Louis XIV the Sun King. Unfortunately for Mr Rudd he had no Cardinal Mazarin type figure guiding him.    

Even more unfortunately politics breeds unhappiness in some practitioners, a situation that came to a head on 24 June 2010 when a gang of unhappy and ambitious colleagues plotted an act reminiscent of Sun King times when ambitious knights assassinated leaders who stood in their way. The only difference in our allegedly more civilised society is that this assassination would be metaphorical not physical – even if the assassins hoped the effect would be the same.

Did Mr Rudd know of the plotting but, convinced he was invincible, did nothing about it so that when deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her gang of four presented him with an ultimatum that he give up his position in her favour, he was so shocked he agreed? On the other hand as a man trained in diplomacy perhaps he expected an ambush and so had planned a fall back position.

From later events I am inclined to extrapolate that this was the case and that his fall back position was that he would accept the assassins’ ultimatum that he stand down as Prime Minister if they accepted an ultimatum in return. His ultimatum: he would go quietly in return for the post of foreign minister should they win Government at the next election. They agreed. 

And so Australia, in a sense, became a democracy of the kind it decried: a democracy where, in their quest for power, leaders of political gangs depose elected leaders.

No doubt the assassins thought the people would flock to their banner? Unfortunately for them, the people quickly showed displeasure at their action and, no matter how hard the gang and its new leader tried to portray Australia as off track and heading for disaster if Mr Rudd remained PM, they didn’t believe them. And nor did they pay much heed to them saying he had been dictatorial. For many it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black!

At the same time, if the gang’s alleged intention was to take power and get Government back on track, it has to be said that if off track before it soon was well off track. In fact so many mistakes were made that to avoid the danger of being seen as incompetent new PM Julia Gillard called an election early, even though it was clear the people didn’t want one.

Julia Gillard won Government. However in light of the welcome Mr Rudd has received in his first safari as Foreign Minister (some people have described him as a PM awaiting resurrection) she might now be regretting his appointment.

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