Fresh from this morning’s substance-free assault on Kevin Rudd’s character, Piers Akerman has filed another column attacking Rudd, this time decrying the quality of Rudd’s statement about the commencement of the election campaign. It appears that this is a column from the future – presumably it will appear in tomorrow’s Telegraph:
KEVIN Rudd had the opportunity to make his case for a change of government yesterday and came off looking like he was auditioning for a role on Young Talent Time.
Of course, Piers managed to throw in a bit of Howard cheerleading to break up the character assassination of Rudd:
Howard’s posture and his ability to answer the toughest questions the Canberra press gallery could come up with at noon on a Sunday reminded poll-watchers that, yes, he is experienced, and, yes, he takes responsibility for his unpopular decisions.
In answering one question, he said he hoped that the unemployment rate would sink to the “threes”.
Given that it is currently riding in the unprecedented low “fours”, that may be one of Rudd’s too-distant bridges – but it is a goal worth noting.
So, what’s wrong with Kevin this evening?
Rudd, on the other hand, said his new leadership would be all about “working families”.
He likes “working families”. By one count he used the phrase a dozen times.
But what does he actually mean by the term? Where are the “non-working families” who have apparently been attracting all the Government’s attention to the exclusion of Rudd’s “working families”?
“Rudd’s working families”? Piers, here’s a historical note:
JOHN HOWARD: Working families in Australia have never been better off.
And it’s all downhill from there. Piers even manages to blend a comment on Rudd’s nickname of “Dr Death” to build an implied link with not only the “bureaucratic over-administration” of the Queensland health system, but with the other person to carry that moniker, Jayant Patel. Miraculously, Piers managed to go without mentioning the Heiner affair. Just a couple of digs at the unions, some jibes about “lethal bureaucracy” and Rudd’s lack of management experience, and Piers is done – based on his assessment of Rudd, I don’t even think we need to have an election. There is only one man capable of leading Australia, while his opponent is an incompetent killer of projects, trees and hospital patients.
Let’s see what Piers can dig up for the next column.
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