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Beware the quality of political leaders

Posted on: 4 July 2013


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Beware the quality of political leaders

To some extent the major political parties model their structure on that of mainstream churches of different beliefs. In Australia the main stream churches are Catholic, Protestant and Jewish while the mainstream political parties are Labor and Liberal. Interestingly, and make of it what you will, the latter describe themselves as broad churches.

At the same time there are minor political parties. For example: the Nationals, the Greens and many other parties that although they take politics very seriously the major parties see them as pests. On the minor religious front are Scientology, Mormon, Unification and many others plus branches of Islam, a two in one combination of political and religious belief, which many Australians not only view as suspicious but dangerous.

Like churches, the history of political parties is awash with stories of conspiracy, internecine war, the imposing and deposing of leaders much like what happened recently in Australia. Indeed evidence that internecine war is alive and well in the Australian Labor Party was demonstrated clearly in 2013 when leadership of the party could be likened to the prize in the last unwrapped parcel in the children’s game, pass the parcel.

As to why this happened has been reported ad nauseum by every branch of the media I don’t intend going through the tortuous process again. Instead I shall join the multitude of people who have commented on the prize in pass the parcel.

In case you don’t know the prize in the parcel was Kevin Rudd, a man who loves talking about himself. He also speaks Chinese, a talent few, if any of his colleagues possess, which, since his replacement as Prime Minister in 2010 by Julia Gillard, a change approved  by many in the ALP and many voters  because they thought his dictatorial style of government was bad for Australia.

But whether or not you agree with me I favour the suggestion that Kevin Rudd has a messiah problem and it was this problem in 2010 that made a cabal of what he thought principled colleagues, feel he was not the stuff of which leaders are made. Carried away with the idea but at the same time exhibiting the lack of qualities needed by followers of a messiah, the cabal disposed of him in an action worthy of a Chinese Triad.

Following his disposal, the cabal replaced him as Prime Minister with Julia Gillard, a woman who allegedly shared its belief that Kevin Rudd was not the kind of leader needed and that she was the woman for the job. The cabal believed her, but at the next election it was clear that many voters didn’t see her in the same light with the result that Labor ended up as Leader of a minority Government with the support of the minor parties and Independents it thought were pests.

And while the cabal was patting itself on the back for being so clever clearly they had forgotten those famous words of Poet Rabbie Burns: the best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft agley and leave us naught but grief and pain for promised joy.”

It has to be said that PM Gillard certainly gave them grief and pain, so much so that the same principled cabalists found themselves in the same situation two years and ten months later, when after two earlier attempts by Kevin Rudd to depose her had failed, the cabal finally removed her and replaced her with Kevin Rudd.

As PM Rudd says he is a changed man and will now consult with his colleagues when decisions need to be made. Whether or not voters will believe him, what is more important will they vote for the people in the cabal with the power to help keep him as PM? As this won’t be known until the close of the next election, which isn’t far away, it will keep the ALP and the cabal on tenterhooks.

In the meantime Kevin is conducting his campaign in the following guises: that of an old time evangelist, an ancient Roman Emperor who claimed divinity and a popular game show host. The substance of his campaign is based on recounting the success of various Labor policies as if they were his although Julia Gillard originated them and his castigating of Tony Abbott, Leader of the Opposition for lack of courage because he won’t rise to his taunting that they engage in debate and that Abbott’s policies will lead the country into misery land.

As for me I think his main hope lies not in taunting Mr Abbott but in persuading voters that his change of attitude is real. I don’t think much of his chances because many voters I know seem to be adhering to the age old advice of: once bitten twice shy.

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1 Response to "Beware the quality of political leaders"

Following his disposal, the cabal replaced him as Prime Minister with Julia Gillard, a woman who allegedly shared its belief that Kevin Rudd was not the kind of leader needed and that she was the woman for the job. The cabal believed her, but at the next election it was clear that many voters didn’t see her in the same light with the result that Labor ended up as Leader of a minority Government with the support of the minor parties and Independents it thought were pests.

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