Kevin Rudd’s opinion of himself as Labor’s, and Australia’s, great hope is not shared by voters.
With just a week to go until election day in Australia, Labor is almost certainly heading for a landslide defeat.
Sydney Morning Herald columnist Gay Alcorn writes:
. . . I have been around too long to predict election outcomes, but it is looking as though September 7 will be a day of reckoning for a party that has come close to destroying itself. Labor seems so hollowed out that perhaps it had no choice but to grasp onto an American-style campaign centred around one man, Kevin Rudd, the man who more than any other contributed to the party’s predicament.
Perhaps Rudd’s elevation will mean that Labor will avoid the ”catastrophic defeat” it faced under Gillard, and it will console itself with that. But there is so much heaviness in Labor’s campaign, weighed down as it is by bad memories and bad blood. . .
Put a u in Labor, change the leader’s name and this could have been written about the Labour Party here.
It too is hollowed out, weighed down by bad memories and bad blood.
It will have a new leader in a couple of weeks but it won’t have a new culture.
Hat tip: Keeping Stock