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The Insiders’ opinions are only as good as yours

Posted on: 10 June 2013

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The Insiders’ opinions are only as good as yours

Judas Iscariot really started started something when he sold his loyalty for thirty pieces of silver. History shows, that in century after century since Judas, the selling of loyalty by people of influence in all spheres of life is still going strong.

If rumour is right, thirty two Members of the Australian Labor Government have done a Judas and sold their loyalty although, if their scheme doesn’t work as planned, the net effect will cost each of them more than thirty pieces of silver. Not only will they lose their seats they will also lose the respect of their former constituents. Worse, if they have family, it is more than likely that it, too, will be affected.

But the most serious effect is likely to be felt when the MPs try to find a job. Unfortunately, they will find out, as others before them have found out, that without integrity, finding a good job is fraught with more difficulty than they ever experienced as an MP. And though leprosy has almost vanished ex politician tainted by disloyalty will be treated as Lepers by people they once thought of as colleagues and friends.

In this case the MPs have sold their loyalty to former PM Kevin Rudd. Effectively, it is an attempt to bribe former PM Kevin Rudd because if restored to the Prime Ministership and they are re-elected they hope he will look kindly on them. Any remarks they make that they became disloyal on behalf of the Party is just pie in the sky.

But how would Mr Rudd be restored to the Prime Ministership? Apparently some people believe the negative publicity currently surrounding PM Gillard is so strong that she will buckle under the pressure and offer herself up a candidate for martyrdom on behalf of the ALP.  I have to say that just as Maggie Thatcher was a ‘lady not for turning’ PM Gillard is a ‘lady not for buckling.’

At the same time the rumours about the PMs possible martyrdom are being fed less by the Opposition than by the disloyal MPs, a former leader of the ALP and the media. Take last Sunday’s ABC Insiders program for example. Sympathetic to Labor and at times acting almost as a Labor publicity forum, last Sunday’s programme managed to convey that Labor would be better off with a new Leader if the negativity about the PM didn’t abate.

That apart, umpteen comments on what should happen are being made by various members of the commentariat as if they receive information about what the PM is thinking. The fact is, whether Insiders or Outsiders the only thing they can give you is their Opinion and I am yet to know how their opinion is better than yours.

And while I too have an opinion the only comment I’m going to make about the next election is: that if the predicted Coalition landslide occurs, the number of Labor representatives in the next parliament could probably be accommodated in an old style telephone box.

It seems to me also that Mr Rudd, ho suffered political martyrdom at the hands of PM Gillard and her supporters, is hastening the idea of replacing the PM. Ubiquitous and unctuous as usual, he keeps telling people he will not offer himself as a leader while urging all MPs to support her. Such urgings however sit ill with the fact that he has accepted the invitations of the thirty two disloyal MPs to speak at their election campaigns.

As for the other leader involved in the election, I suspect Mr Abbott thinks the focus on the negative attitude of many Labor MPs to the PM as an unexpected political bonus but will leave it to Labor to carry on the good work on his behalf.

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