Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Praise Rudd and give the Della Bosca a rest

DH was a bit hard on Kevin Rudd about the work ethic, but the fact is that she thinks he's terrific.
She was fortunate enough to be in the audience at Q&A and was nervous as hell in anticipation of what she was sure would be a debacle.  She has never been one to take pleasure in seeing gladiators being thrown to the lions for the delectation of the mob.
But lo and behold, St Kev did battle with the lions and came out covered in honour and glory.
He was humorous, he was totally across everything,  he was compassionate, he was intelligent, quick on his feet, altogether bloody fantastic.
DH came away feeling that Australia couldn't be in better hands. What more can we ask of just one man?
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Now poor Della Bosca. For heaven's sake, give the man a break. Does it ever occur to the ravening pack that what was at stake may not have been his own personal gain,  but also the stability and continuity of government. By all accounts, Della Bosca is an intelligent and competent minister.
How can anyone be expected to take on the vital job of government if they can be torn down for the slightest trivial character flaw?
Let s/he who is without blemish cast the first stone.
DH, BTW, has been convinced by people more knowledgable than herself, that a selective selloff of power stations is a good idea, what really matters is a strict regulatory regime to protect consumers against market failure. Still what does she know? Her general principles is, fools rush in, when it comes to difficult technological questions, but wise women abstain from taking sides.


Andrew Elder said...

Yeah, and Louis XVI was a competent King of France.

You can't trust these guys to handle the sale - it's the "sweeteners" that kill ya, as the State Bank and Lane Cove tunnel showed. Set the sentimental nonsense aside, they certainly have - NSW Labor needs a rest. The A-team (Belinda aside) have gone to Canberra anyway.

DH said...

You have a point Andrew - but I was thinking more of the stability and continuity of governance than about any individual party. If a Minister does something truly heinous, then they should stand down. But for something like this, where we don't know what happened, and at very worst, it was hubris, and arrogance, we are paying a man to do a job, and he should continue to get on with it. Of course, this whole incident is an excellent warning to any politician not to get too arrogant. My sense is that even most ALP branch members think the state parliamentary party would benefit from an extended stretch of wandering in the wilderness. If only the Liberals could be trusted to apply a social conscience to their policies.