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EYE-BALL Opinion on – The Duchess has won – but has she?

February 22, 2012
The Duchess has won – but has she?
Dramatic developments tonight over Kevin RUDD’s resignation will have media scribes up well into the night. It is similar to the dramatic events 20 months ago when positions were reversed.

Australians across this Nation are turning away from Labour in droves – there is no hope and why the ‘faceless men’ stick like glue to someone that has no sway with the electorate begs the questions on many issues.

The scenarios being talked about tonight have not canvassed the Governor General and what role she might play as this sage continues to hold the Nation to ransom.

Who are the ‘faceless men’ – they need to be publicly outed and recognised for bringing the Australian Government intro disrepute.

This is a logical debate – Gillard trails Abbott and each has toppled the other in the polls on a regular basis.   RUDD trumps both of them.   Gillards approval ratings languish in the high 20’s to low 30’s and is clearly out of favour with the electorate.  Labour cannot win with her as Leader.   SO the question is – why not RUDD – and if not WHO else?

These ‘faceless men’ – and there are names to a few of them – Shorten, Arbib, NSW and Victorian factional powerbrokers – all left out of the RUDD Ministry – and the reason why they sought to remove RUDD and Gillard has duly elevated their Parliamentary status for the favours they did her.

If RUDD is humiliated as most are forecasting – he has the ability to deliver an election to the Australian people.   Will he?

The Ministry have come out in force tonight discrediting RUDD in terms that will in fact cause backbenchers to think hard and long how they will vote in any spill early next week.

The only Front Bench Ministers who have been talking to the Media and openly dumping on RUDD have been , Swan, Crean, Combet, Shorten, and Bourke – this is a small fraction of the Ministry –

Rudd is a prima-donna – but he is a popular prima-donna with the Australian electorate and they are being manipulated by both sides.   Listening to Shorten speak highly of RUDD on ‘Q&A’ on Monday night made skin crawl – the man is all creep and someone you would shoot first and ask questions later.

Gillard will be gone before Australia next go to the polls – weak Labour backbenchers will see them turn on her as they did on RUDD leading into the 2010 election.

Gillard owns the Craig Thompson debacle – she owns the decision to back-flip of her deal with Independent Wilkie – she owns the Mining Rent Resource Tax – Carbon Tax and she has run a deficit close to $100 billion since she took office … talk of good Government under her rule is poppycock.

The Independents will have to make a call – do they take the Nation to the polls – or does the GG?

As  a groupie Labour Party member since her university days – Gillard has many to thank for her rise – but as a Leader – most of Australia wouldn’t spit of her if she was on fire.


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The EYE-BALL Opinion …

  1. Herman
    February 22, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Rudd is the master strategist and will inspire many supporters. This is another bluff. By not standing against Gillard he will increase the volume of “why was he replaced by faceless men”. He has said he will not be part of bringing down a duly elected leader.

    Meanwhile the PM has called for a spill, and will announce details on the morning. Again she has spoken before she has thought through the details.

    You can call it a game of chess, or a game of poker. For me this is spy v spy in the mad comics of my youth.
    In my article; “Clinging to Power” please see
    I said that the PM was not prepared to do what is best for the nation. She is a power freak. In her words the “little doer”. Well this time she has done herself.

    Eyeball said some time ago Rudd wants to do her slowly. He has possibly also done the treasury benches. Will he stay as opposition leader for 6 to 9 years to truly reform the ALP? Will he fix the faceless men once and for all?

    I will speculate that Rudd will not throw his hand in the ring in the caucus meeting on Monday morning. Therefore Captain Gillard and Leading Seaman Swan will be left on the sinking ship, and many other rats will press Rudd to stand for the sake of government, for the people of Australia, and the ALP philosophy. He will extract a big price. Shorten, Arbib, Feeney and Howes. He will need Roxon, Combe, Wong, Conroy, and a few more. Crean will get extra. He will be disendorsed. And all of this is only on the basis, the middle ground won’t try an alternative.

    Yesterday Chris Pyne was doing a great impression of Brer Rabbit, but please don’t throw me in the briar patch. He was claiming Simon Crean was the most formidable opponent as ALP leader. He knows Simon Crean could hardly win a chook raffle.

    Kevin Rudd has stolen all the play for now. His timing is impeccable, but his dummy spit after Copenhagen was his undoing last time around. Will he know what to do from the backbench to continually force his elevation back to saviour? Our Messiah.

    For mine it is a fairly good bet. Other ALP frontbenchers wanted Julia to do some hard yards before a spill in the second half of this year maybe even next year, closer to the polls. They have lost the ball.

    Kevin Rudd you have the ball between your feet. Lets see how you can run with it!

  2. Herman
    February 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

    As this saga unfolds it is hard not to dwell on the 3 other great chasms in the ALP. Billy Hughes, Joseph Lyons and Jack Lang. Lang was part of the Lyons defection in 1931, and then expelled from the party in 1949. It is now history that the ALP remained in opposition for 23 years after 1949. Indeed Labour has been in government not much more than 38 years of the total 112 years since Federation. (approx 1/3rd)

    At this point in time there is no policy difference between Rudd or Gillard. From the backbenches it is highly likely that might occur.

    According to Peter Beattie, the loser of the leadership ballot should retire from politics. On the other hand he/she should not bring about a by election that will see this government fail.

    What does the electorate think. What is the chance of the government being heard through all of this nonsense? Who will cross the floor, and bring about utter destruction. I think a 3 way contest in the Federal electorate of Norman would not help. Julia Gillard does have more capacity for public backflips.

  3. February 23, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Morning Herman –

    This saga brings out the emotivenss we all have with regard to Politics – that in itself is worth a pause to think upon …

    In reality – all we are is a single vote and in that reality why should any Politician bother what we think?

    Collectively we all can see and form an opinion on what is happeneing – and that is the crux!

    Collectively the ALP Leadership know the polls don’t like GILLARD and perfer RUDD – if the Governemnt was truly ‘of the people’ – that would carry weight – but because this ALP – much the same as the NSW ALP – is being macro managed by the ‘faceless men’ or in laymen terms – ‘The ALP mafia’ – the backbench is being intimidated into supporting the ‘mafia’ choices.

    Traditional Labour value supporters are disenfranchised – they are deserting this Leadership and the next poll data will have GILLARD support dip seriously and that will be after the spill due to happen early next week.

    Herman – the electorate have never got over the June 10 assissination of RUDD – and for the Cacaus to not understand that – and the ALP Front Bench to be out there trashing RUDD in a way that can only backfire – Roxon, Crean, Swan, Conroy, Bourke, all openly creating wounds that will never heal …

    The ALP brand is in its death throws – and whilst all the bile is directed at RUDD in the immediate context – history will reveal that the RUDD assissination in June 2010 – will be recorded as when the dye was cast …

    The NSW election humiliation was the first chapter of thuis demise – the QLD rout will be Chapter 2 and as this Government limps to the next Federal election -earlier than scheduled – the story will have been completed.

    Is it time for a new brand of Politics?

    EYE-BALL …

  4. February 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Oh the wonders of technology – from Washington RUDD is able to schedule his media performances to suit Australian Prime time – and so it is happening this morning – GILLARD scheduled her conferenc efor 9:30am NSW time – and now RUDD is to have a Washington news conference 30 minutes before GILLARD –

    Good media it might be – but the emotional drain on Labour supporters is too much to bear as they cringe at what is being played out before them.

    People like Shorten and Arbib, Howes, and the like are the usurpers and people responsible for where we are now.

    Roxon says RUDD is no mesiah – he did oust HOWARD – and had a 70% approval rating – and he did put the factional leaders on the outer – that is what this whole saga is about – internal power brokers running the party from the backrooms.

    The vacuum that is Politics – have these MP’s so encapsuled and devoid of realism –

    Great TV this might be – but the downside is that we are watching the demise of the Federal Labour Party …

    EYE-BALL …

  5. February 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

    The RUDD Media conference 23rd Feb 8:05 Sydney time…

    Rudd looked Presidential – he spoke with confidence – and the immediated assumption was that he spoke as someone who had the numbers – time will tell …

    The audience back in Australia now have to see the overnight attacks against RUDD as desperate and the momentum swing is on …

    EYE-BALL …

  6. February 23, 2012 at 8:13 am

    RUDD is the best communicator in the Labour Party – his vision is known – and when you stack this up against GILLARD – it is hard to imagine how she is the Leader …

    It’s time to name and expose the ALP Mafia – let them deal with the public directly rather than from behind masks and hidden from ownership of their actions –

    Let the RUDD assissination be the subject of a public enquiry to reveal the motives of these ‘faceless men’ …

    EYE-BALL …

  7. February 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Australia’s productivity will slow in coming days on the back of this Political ‘chook’ fight …

    Why are politicians paid – to do work for Australia – this saga has nothing to do with ‘work’ for Australia but individual tasks to self-promote and look to advance their positions within the party …

    Should they be docked pay until they return to genuine ‘work’ on behalf of the Australian people …

    ABC’s Chris Ulman from the 7:30 Report is quite openly anti RUDD and pro GILLARD – when the media start to openly take sides you know vested interests are at play …

    EYE-BALL …

  8. February 23, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Never was there a more important time in recent history for Journalists to be good at their job – they have to refrain from personal slants –

    Get it right ….

    EYE-BALL …

  9. Herman
    February 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

    My friend ran as a candidate for the ALP in the state election of 2007 in a safe liberal seat. In 2011 he did not even support the party. In 2007 he secured about 16% of the primary vote down from 2003.

    Once tireless workers who did such selfless acts might be considered for a safe senate ticket position after many years branch work. Today those positions are taken by the factions. Even the very concepts of sending delegates to National conference is corrupted.

    Elsewhere Oztruth speaks of the failure of the left/right paradigm. Last night when Burke attacked Rudd it is clear this government is not interested in the wont of the electorate but merely clinging to power. Stupid loyalty to present a united and coherent front. It does not make sense when logic comes second. It is even stupider when it does not clear the air.

    We the disaffected will wait to throw them out. We will get frustrated and angry in the process. The entire parliamentary process is a joke. What can we do but suffer this mess, this nonsense? And all the while we squander precious resources on this rabble.

    I often quip I wonder why people watch soap or reality TV. Real life is twice as ridiculous. Every day in the local courts, posturing continues, rather than the accused fighting for civil rights or simply saying sorry. Our parliament is even sadder. These idiots are our children’s role models.

    The will of the people is absolutely sacrocanct.

  10. February 23, 2012 at 9:15 am

    GILLARD finally fronts the media – 40 mins behind schedule 23rd feb 10:05 Sydney time –

    In comparison – GILLARD gave a ‘stump’ resume over her acheivements – nothing new in her presentation other than a guarantee that if defeated she would go to the back bench and renounce any further Leadership ambitions – she challenged RUDD to make the same declaration – how niave and ill-advised she is …

    She cannot engage the people – her persona when speaking to the Australian public does not inspire …

    Humility from a woman is never the same as it is for men – there is a reason why the female gender rarely make it to NAtion leadership – they suck at it … the dirty gutter existence needed to survive whilst others snipe and challenge does not sit well with the female gender …

    The reason the ALP Mafia went with GILLARD was that she would be easy to topple when the real challenger step forth – who will that be ???

    EYE-BALL …

  11. February 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

    What are the odds that GILLARD delayed her media appearence until RUDD’s plane was in the air and out of range of communication …

    EYE-BALL …

  12. Herman
    February 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The spill is 96 hours away. In that time Rudd will need to speak with the cross benches. I still think it is a good chance that Kevin will not throw his hat in the ring. He is very cautious. He wants to know that everything is aligned.

    By not challenging, he stays on the high moral ground. News 24 will keep re stating the bleeding obvious. The silence from Katter, Wilkie and the 2 NSW independants is very eerie. Each gets to renegotiate their support.

    At a general election the only likely survivor is Katter. It is hard to weigh up Wilkie’s chance. What has he done to earn the right in Denison.

    Oakeschott and Windsor will have many fundamental questions to answer. The high $ hurts the country party heartland. Why did they not stay with their conservative roots in forming government in 2010. The Nationals will run a very vocal campaign against them. Peter Slipper’s seat will revert to Liberal. It will be an election that Gillard can not win.

    It is time to get on with other business until Monday 10am. Be there.

    Before signing off; Therese Rein’s heartfelt this morning, Australians are not that active to campaign their local representatives. Too often letters to the local member go unreplied. This all engenders the feeling that only voting on election day counts. On election day Conservative count on 40% as do ALP. It is the balance of 20% that get to say who their government is. If you live in a safe seat either way, your votes do not count. It is only those who live in marginal seats that matter. When there is a safe local member you are more likely to be ignored, should you contact your local member. Again simply sad.

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