Browsing the news today I came across this article.
Instantly I smiled as I thought it referred to his skills crisis. Finally, I thought, he is realising that as Mr. 37%, he is woefully unskilled as a future Prime Minister and more importantly- unelectable.
Sadly, there is no such story. Instead it’s a piece inviting me to listen to the Labor party’s response to the budget.
Dutifully I listened- then very quickly wandered off. In my under whelmed state I went searching for something of substance from someone of substance. My search took me to the ABC’s 7.30 report from 8 May 2006, where in a recent interview Kerry O’Brien and former Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating meet. Whilst I am aware that the majority of Australians were not saddened by Paul Keating’s demise in 1996, I was. Once I had distracted myself from fantasising about a Kerry and Paul boy-sandwich, and I read the transcript, I realised why I can’t abide the feckless Beazley. Compared to lichen and lint he comes across as insipid and uninspiring. I want a Labor leader who has leadership qualities and can manage presence and passion.
I need a leader (and a party) who will not be frightened by the coalition’s campaign against them. Someone who can convince Australian voters that they can vote out the mendacious HoWARd (or Costello) government and it will be the right thing to do.
This is what Paul Keating’s advice is:
“First of all you take him [John Howard] on. John Howard had the highest interest rates in Australian history – 21 per cent bank rates in 1982. What did he leave? He gave us a huge recession and 11 per cent inflation. We had interest rates peaking at 18 per cent, but we came out of it with 1 per cent inflation. I mean, we had stagflation under Howard. We had stagnant growth and inflation.”
I know Keating is gone. But why not Julia Gillard? She’s a talented politician poised and primed for consideration of the ALP leadership.
Please, anyone, but the bomb- Beazley.