Gillard should use Wikileaks as an excuse to fire Rudd #auspol
“It is with a heavy heart that, earlier today, I called Kevin Rudd and asked him to step aside as Australia’s Foreign Minister. To his great credit, Kevin understood how revelations of his confidential discussions with Hillary Clinton on the subject of China and its leadership make his position as Australia’s chief diplomat untenable. Kevin was gracious in conceding that this leak, while disgraceful in itself, constitutes a grave threat to the bilateral relationship with China, our preeminent trading partner. Kevin agreed with my assessment that, in the long term interests of the nation and with due deference to the central importance of Australia’s relationship with China, he stand aside as Foreign Minister, effective immediately. Kevin has indicated that he will return to the backbench rather than accept another portfolio, and I understand this decision. We will miss his contribution blah blah blah.”
These are words we are certain not to hear today from Australian PM, Julia Gillard. But oh that we would!
The embarrassing leaked cable exposing the showing-off by Australian Foreign Minister and intolerable know-all Kevin Rudd is not enough to get him fired, alas. But the act of being Kevin Rudd is objectionable enough to warrant termination without notice, if you ask me.
Rudd as Foreign Minsiter is a drain on Gillard’s leadership. Since his return to the front-bench, his presence deprives the PM of the clear air she needs to build a decent rapport with the voters. He pongs the joint up.
By using the Wikileaks story to sack him, Gillard would remove his sickening stain and signal to the Australian people that she is tough and decisive. It would also exhibit a degree of confidence and authority on the foreign policy front that has been missing to date.