There was one way Julia Gillard could have neutralised Kevin Rudd.
"Diversity matters because we need many voices - as many as possible commenting on politics and interpreting politics and I think what we're seeing at the moment is too much concentration of voices, frankly", Michelle Grattan rued as she departed Fairfax yesterday.
Bill opened one eye, he looked out the window, there was a faint pinkish tinge in the sky to the east. He pulled the towel around himself and struggled to his feet wrenching the drapes closed but the entire valance fell to the floor.
So both Evans and Roxon informed Gillard of their decisions to quit 12 months ago? Really, is that what she said?
It's a common cry in Labor circles lately, and it's probably true... under union law, that is.
It's a Sheraton smorgasbord and I can't decide on what to devour for fear of leaving no room for something better. So I'll just pick at lots of little things.
And if just once you could believe what Gillard says, again this isn't the time. There were three reasons why Gillard locked herself into September 14, and let's remember she has locked herself into many things before including a surplus.
Let's chuck PC out the window here and call a spade a spade... Tim Mathieson is a bloody yobbo and he has been banned from microphones for good reason. But what the hell did he say wrong? Nothing that wouldn't be said to a bunch of sports blokes in normal jocular banter.
Tony Abbott is off and running and there is no doubt McTernan will arrange to have Catholic Tony attacked this year on the difficult and divisive subject of abortion.
Fairfax aspired to objectivity when I worked there... well, sort of, but now it is badly listing to the Left and taking on serious water.
[This article below was on my desk at 5am today... it is fascinating to read how the SMH treated the AWU story way back then. I was taken with the prescient nature of the last paragraph.]
Information out of Melbourne is that more than a dozen detectives on an unlimited budget are on the brink of laying charges in the AWU Wilson/Gillard fraud case.
The reason for Gillard's bastardry wasn't that sitting ALP Senate Member Crossin was a Rudd supporter, there are many Rudd supporters on her front bench.