She’s still standing but the media is blind


Cartoon by @GeorgeBludger

PM Julia Gillard: “Well, the first thing I would say is, don’t write crap, can’t be that hard.” National Press Club 18/07/11

By @Thefinnigans
Source: The Bisons
The ides of March

AFHP:  This is the updated list of blindfolded journos and commentators, courtesy of @Thefinnigans, updated to the moment 

The Finnigans has collated this incredibly long list of failed commentariat predictions since 2011. Let’s not forget that this is the product the media is selling to us as quality insider information with context. In the 24 hour news cycle you can say and publish whatever you want and you get rarely held to account for your work, shoddy as it may be. Just last Thursday, the twitterverse went into overdrive over this quality false rumour:

How come they never explain how or why they were wrong? If it finally happens they will say they were right, but won’t admit they helped make it so. If it doesn’t happen they’ll try again. Accountability doesn’t happen for political journos, commentators or their bosses. And if they have their way it never will.


Twitter cures all things, even endless leadership speculation – Credit goes to @zackster for coining #Leadershit

Here is our running tally of 81 Leadershit stories stories from 42 insider experts.

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Fairfax Media
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1 Peter Hartcher 9
2 Mark Kenny 6
3 Michelle Grattan 5
4 David Day 3
4 Dennis Shanahan 3
4 Malcolm Farr 3
4 Peter van Onselen 3
4 Phil Coorey 3
4 Richo 3
4 Tony Wright 3
5 Andrew Bolt 2
5 Fran Kelly 2
5 Lenore Taylor 2
5 2
5 Paul Kelly 2
5 Piers Akerman 2
5 Simon Benson 2
5 Sam Maiden 2
6 Alan Stokes 1
6 Ben Packham 1
6 Bob Gosford 1
6 Chris Kenny 1
6 Clive Palmer 1
6 Derryn Hinch 1
6 Gerard Henderson 1
6 Heath Aston 1
6 Janet Albrechtsen 1
6 Jeremy Thompson 1
6 Jessica Marszalek 1
6 Katharine Murphy 1
6 Lanai Scarr 1
6 Leo Shanahan 1
6 Malcolm Turnbull 1
6 Nike Savva 1
6 Peter Costello 1
6 Peter Reith 1
6 Philip Adams 1
6 The Age Editorial 1
6 Tory Shepherd 1
6 Troy Bramston 1
6 Judith Ireland 1
6 Laurie Oakes 1

The Publisher Tally is won by Fairfax (Tabloid Format) 37 to 33.

Fairfax 37
News 33
The Conversation 4
Crikey 1
 Ch9 1

2011 – 5 stories

15/05/2011 – Gillard is dead, politically dead – Peter Costello

06/06/2011 – Gillard gone by December – Andrew Bolt

01/09/2011 – Labor stalwart says Gillard ‘finished’ – Jeremy Thompson

06/09/2011 – JULIA, resign. Let Rudd resume rightful role – Philip Adams

17/07/2011 – Gillard down for count – Phillip Coorey

2012 – 20 stories

20/02/2012 – Gillard delusional and in retreat – Dennnis Shanahan

21/02/2012 – Too late for Gillard to save herself – Niki Savva

23/02/2012 – Assassins reap what they sowed – Simon Benson

21/04/2012 –  Gillard will be GORN by end of May, Hewson & Richo jointly on #Slynews

30/04/2012 – Credibility gone, PM should fall on her sword , Michelle Grattan


02/05/2012 – Julia’s going: it’s a matter of time – Dennis Shanahan

18/05/2012 – Despite the poll and budget uptick, Gillard and Labor are doomed –  Richo

19/05/2012 – String of disasters mean the party’s over for Labor – Piers Akerman

26/05/2012 –  A leadership change to Kevin Rudd is the last real option – PvO

28/05/2012 – Lame duck Labor likely to waddle on to term – Gerard Henderson

25/07/2012 – Labor’s choice is Rudd or oblivion – Paul Kelly

12/06/2012 – Determined Gillard may be, but her leadership is looking terminal – Shanahan

14/08/2012 – Pride comes before a fall for Gillard Government – Derryn Hinch

23/08/2012 – Gillard in big trouble no matter what happens – Leo Shanahan

12/09/2012 – Just like Howard, Abbott has the numbers that really count – Janet Albrechsten

13/10/2012 – Misogyny tactic will backfire – Paul Kelly

13/10/2012 – Gillard’s hypocrisy stripped bare –  Chris Kenny

05/11/2012 – Hanging by a thread by Peter Hartcher

24/11/2012 – Knives are out for Gillard – Peter Hartcher

29/11/2012 – Ducking and diving, but PM’s goose is cooked – Piers Akerman

2013 – 55 stories

January 2013

05/01/2013 – Rudd’s support for a challenge edging closer – Mark Kenny

February 2013

15/02/2013 – An adrenaline charged Rudd increases pressure on Gillard – Michelle Grattan

18/02/2013 – Poor poll for Labor plays to Rudd’s ambition – Michelle Grattan

19/02/2013 – Beware knives of March – Mark Kenny

19/02/2013 – Gillard’s departure is a matter of timing – Peter Reith

19/02/2013 – Final nail in PM’s coffin – David Day


19/02/2013 – Something has to give – sooner or later – Lenore Taylor

19/02/2013 – Desperate caucus eyes leadership switch – Ben Packham

19/02/2013 – PM Julia Gillard ‘gone’ if she struggles in next week’s Newspoll – Tory Shepherd

19/02/2013 – Labor’s critical question: time for a new leader? – The Age Editorial

19/02/2013 – Julia Gillard’s support base is softly slipping away – Simon Benson

19/02/2013 – Kevin Rudd’s odds on leading ALP in September election shorten to $2 –

19/02/2013 – Labor in despair over dire poll – Phil Coorey

19/02/2013 – Dead woman walking – SMH


19/02/2013 – Final nail in PM’s coffin – David Day

19/02/2013 – Rudd’s just in storage, waiting for sun to shine – Tony Wright

20/02/2013 – Dear Julia, it’s time for a dignified exit speech – Alan Stokes

22/02/2013 – PM should go for party’s sake – Graham Richardson

23/02/2013 – Gillard may not recover this time – Katharine Murphy

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23/02/2013 – Drumroll, then exit on a final cymbal crash – Tony Wright

23/02/2013 – Julia Gillard risks her legacy by not ceding to Kevin Rudd- Peter van Onselen

23/02/2013 – Labor feels guilty over Rudd: Turnbull – Malcolm Turnbull

23/02/2013 – Teams lining up early for a Coalition victory – Lenora Taylor

March 2013

02/03/2013 – Hating Kevin, loving the saviour – Peter Hartcher

10/03/2013 – Deadline looms for Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Sam Maiden

11/03/2013 – Julia Gillard must resign as leader or Labor is doomed at the election –

11/03/2013 – Clear message from the west is that Rudd is the only hope – Peter Hartcher

12/03/2013 – PM’s backers must move for the greater good, says Rudd camp – Mark Kenny, The Age

12/03/2013 – Fran Kelly & Peter Collins #newspoll will give PM Gillard one more week to survive

13/03/2013 – Demoralised Labor hangs on every poll – Peter Hartcher

15/03/2013 – Media bill threatens leadership – Mark Kenny SMH

15/03/2013 – Julia Gillard – gone by next Wednesday – BOB GOSFORD

16/03/2013 – Labor poised to restore Kevin Rudd, insiders say Peter van Onselen The OZ

17/03/2013 – Is that a drum roll sounding? – Judith Ireland – SMH

17/03/2013 – Helpless blues. Why won’t Labor just go with Kevin?- Samantha Maiden Herald Sun

18/03/2013 – Labor troubles now entrenched – Mark Kenny, SMH

18/03/2013 – Poll piles more pressure on Gillard –  Michelle Grattan – TheConversation

19/03/2013 – Ministers turn on PM – Peter Hartcher SMH

19/03/2013 – Trouble brewing, but don’t blame it on the usual bloke – Peter Hartcher

19/03/2013 – Ministers forced to defend their loyalty to Gillard – – Michelle Grattan – The Conversation

19/03/2013 – There could be a leadership spill on Friday – Laurie Oakes Ch9

19/03/2013 – Gillard an ineffectual campaigner – Peter Hartcher brisbanetimes

19/03/2013 – The faint sound of a ballad for Gillard. MEMORIES of the way we were – Lanai Scarr HeraldSun

19/02/2013 – Pushing Gillard to the edge of her temper – Malcolm Farr

20/03/2013 – Many shades of grey in art of denial of spills and other ills – Tony Wright – brisbanetimes

20/03/2012 – No honour, no authority, no chance – Andrew Bolt HeraldSun

20/03/2013 – The numbers game. Rudd supporters consider another tilt – Mark Kenny, TheAge

20/03/2013 – Gillard and Rudd in limbo – Phil Coorey AFR

20/03/2013 – Confidence is name of game for survival – Peter Hartcher, SMH

21/03/2013 – Time for Rudd’s sweet revenge? – Heath Aston The Age

21/03/2013 – Gillard should not contest – Clive Palmer

21/03/2013 – Time for Labor to break the deadlock – Malcolm Farr

21/03/2013 – Labor burning up the history books by dumping the first woman to be PM – Malcolm Farr

21/03/2013 – ‘Rudd delegation ready’ to visit Gillard after ‘first strike’ – TROY BRAMSTON The OZ

21/03/2013 – Rudd has kept nose in front of Gillard – Jessica Marszalek

June 2013

09/06/2013 – Gillard backers wobble in support – DENNIS SHANAHAN

09/06/2013 – Gillard backers weigh leadership change – Phil Coorey

09/06/2013 – Julia Gillard loses significant support among caucus – Barrie Cassidy

09/06/2013 – Rudd is Labor’s best last hope – Chris Johnson

10/06/2012 – PM’s leadership on the line – DENNIS SHANAHAN

10/06/2012 – Still time to install people’s PM – PETER VAN ONSELEN

10/06/2012 – Shorten warns PM: We have a problem – Simon Benson

10/06/2012 – Choose your poison on Labor leadership – Andrew Bolt

Latham only commentariat who called it right on the morning of the spill
‘He’s always inflating his numbers’: Latham unleashes extraordinary diatribe on Rudd, Fitzgibbon and Richardson


11/06/2013 – This is Shorten’s one shot at redemption –  PETER VAN ONSELEN
11/06/2013 – Spinning out of control – Chris Kenny12/06/2013 – Leadership trauma might not be on the menu – Chris Kenny12/06/2013 – Kevin Rudd declares war on Julia Gillard with blue-tie choice – Malcolm Farr

12/06/2013 – Emotional blackmail follows political terror – PETER VAN ONSELEN

12/06/2013 – PM spouts a load of femi-nonsense even she couldn’t possibly believe – Miranda Devine

13/06/2013 – The enemy has been identified: don’t trust the men in blue ties – Tony Wright

13/06/2013 – Shorten must tell her it’s time to go – PETER VAN ONSELEN

13/06/2013 – The road to Labor apocalypse – Simon Benson

13/06/2013 – Gillard cooks herself over phony menu – Piers Ackerman

14/06/2013 – I will put money on Rudd being PM by Monday (16/6) – Mr. Denmore on PB

14/06/2013 – Gillard’s hold on power weakens – Phil Coorey

14/06/2013 – PM lacks total recall – Miranda Devine

14/06/2013 – PM Gillard asked if partner is gay – SBS

15/06/2013 – Julia Gillard struggles as Labor looks at Kevin Rudd again – Paul Kelly

15/06/2013 – Divided, demoralised, done – Peter Hartcher

15/06/2013 – JULIA Gillard’s leadership is over – Dennis Shanahan

15/06/2013 – It’s 2007 all over again – Gillard could bravely step aside for Rudd but she won’t – Mark Kenny

15/06/2013 – Caucus in crisis as Julia Gillard loses protection of the AWU – SID MAHER

15/06/2013 – Julia Gillard struggles as Labor looks at Kevin Rudd again – Paul Kelly

15/06/2013 – Shock jock Howard Sattler’s grubby question to PM Julia Gillard not an isolated incident – LAURIE OAKES

16/06/2013 – Either the PM goes or the party is over – DENNIS SHANAHAN

16/06/2013 – Gillard struggles as ALP looks at Rudd –  PAUL KELLY

16/06/2013 – Poll rise is cold comfort: it’s gone Rudd shepherds flock back to the fold – PETER VAN ONSELEN

16/06/2013 – Gillard loses protection of the AWU – The Australian

17/06/2013 – PM on brink as male voters desert – Mark Kenny

17/06/2013 – Going back to Rudd gives Labor a shot – Mark Kenny

17/06/2013 – Switch to Rudd would boost chances, but figures are slippery  – Mark Kenny

17/06/2013 – Labor’s choice: status quo v the survival instinct – Phil Coorey

17/06/2013 – Men in revolt against Gillard – Phil Coorey

17/06/2013 – PM’s gender call now an implosion – Paul Sheehan

18/06/2013 – Labor MPs push Kevin Rudd to challenge – Phil Coorey

18/06/2013 – Kevin Rudd ‘in front’ but no putsch – DENNIS SHANAHAN

18/06/20`13 – Coalition prepares for Rudd return – Mark Kenny

18/06/2013 – Gillard sex assault flops – Piers Ackerman

19/06/2013 – Prime Minister Julia Gillard can’t hide behind a skirt – Andrew Bolt

19/06/2013 – Not a Judas in sight but it’s not over yet – Mark Kenny

19/06/2013 – Blocking Kevin won’t leave Julia a martyr – PETER VAN ONSELEN

20/06/2013 – No martyr’s mantle for Gillard – Simon Benson

20/06/2013 – Cracks appear in union support for PM – PETER VAN ONSELEN

20/06/2013 – Gillard’s fall is far bigger than Labor’s – Tim Colebatch

21/06/2013 – Get it done: Gillard should call a ballot, Rudd should stand – Michelle Grattan

21/06/2013 – Men flay Gillard in poll – Michelle Grattan

22/06/2013 – For the sake of the nation, Ms Gillard should stand aside – TheAge

22/06/2013 – The Age tells PM to go for nation’s sake – SBS

22/06/2013 – With regret, Gillard must go, for nation’s sake – Mike Carlton

22/06/2013 – Political vanity, personal pride – Peter Hartcher

22/06/2013 – Unions won’t risk giving Gillard a helping hand – Peter Hartcher

22/06/2013 – Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd set for showdown next week – DENNIS SHANAHAN

22/06/2013 – South Australian Labor MPs waver on support for Julia Gillard – Sam Maiden

22/06/2013 – Tony Abbott says people should be ones to choose PM – Simon Benson

23/06/2013 – Yet another bad poll for Gillard, if anyone in Labor is listening – Michelle Grattan

23/06/2013 – Pressure on Rudd as Gillard digs in – Phil Coorey

24/06/2013 – Tony Abbott widens gap as preferred PM over Julia Gillard in latest Newspoll – DENNIS SHANAHAN

24/06/2013 – Gillard defiant as pressure mounts – Jonathan Swan

24/06/2013 – Gillard held firm in union grasp – Paul Sheehan

24/06/2013 – The Age wants Gillard to go but can’t admit the reasons why – Piers Ackerman

24/06/2013 – Jittery Labor MPs push for end to Gillard-Rudd leadership confusion – Malcolm Farr

24/06/2013 – Prime Minister Julia Gillard brushes aside questions over Labor leadership as a MP calls for a ballot – LANAI SCARR

24/06/2013 – Grattan calls it. It’s PM Abbott –


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TheFinnigans from the famous Beautiful Inspiring Set Of Numbers – BISONS  blog started to collect the PM GORN headlines after the appearance of this “JULIAR BITCH” picture in March 2011.


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  1. Joy Cooper says

    My word, Thefinnegans, that there is some list of crap from the know-nothing media. I’ll wager that isn’t even a complete list of all the nonsense the MSM has been spouting about the PM, either.

    Wasn’t Bill Shorten going to resign last Tuesday or Wednesday? In the fevered synapses of the press gallery this was supposedly shorthand for his “tilting” at the leadership, I’d imagine. Another made up bit of garbage from the media just like the alleged Ministerial posse tapping Julia on the shoulder at the same time. The only visit she had that day was from the Mozambique PM (or President. I forget). At least the press & cameras were there for it but it didn’t get reported.

    Talk about an orchestrated action from a desperate media. You’d think they would give up by now.

  2. Wow.. Particularly like the hypocrisy of the no follow up after polls came good. On ya Tory shepherd . Get some gumption . You are out of order

  3. Yes, noted the ‘no comment’, when the polls are good.

  4. The earliest departure I can forsee for Gillard is September 14, and even so she could still win the unloseable election from Abbott, just like Hewson did in ’93. Because as far as I can see Abbott has lost a lot of credos within his own party and Bishop (just like Gillard was for Rudd) is doing most of the heavy work of Opposition, not Abbott.
    I predict a ‘one term Tony’ even if he does make it as leader right up to the election, because as his party very well knows his stubborn determination to repeal the Carbon Tax will inevitably cause a double dissolution and this threatens the stability of government, with a possibility of this happening within months of him assuming office. And as Grattan reminds us, two liberal leaders have both recently been removed from leadership in succession in their first terms.

    • If the msm disobeys Rupert and starts doing its job, the Liars will be gorn for all money well before 14 September.

      They could start with Ashby/Slipper. That’d keep them occupied for months.

  5. Richo who? the great Labor Party member who has done so much to destroy a great party. And who got away from Offset Alpine by a snifter. Walks away shaking head.

  6. The only answer I can think of is tall poppy syndrome. The Prime Minister has arguably been put under more public and private pressure than any previous PM. Prime Minister Gillard deserves the highest admiration, she has been subjected to continuous negativity and disparagement both personal and professional. Her response has been totally professional, correctly concentrating on the business of Government, ignoring the immaturity and non-professionalism of so many around her with their “fiddle whilst democracy burned” approach.
    The Prime Minster then had the temerity to display her superior professionalism by wiping the floor with the “Great Pretender” in her Misogyny speech. Yes, I believe, there have been somr errors made by the PM. The only way to make mistakes is to do something, or to accept the responsibility given. The much lauded “Great Pretender” who after a two and a half year dummy spit, has done nothing but try to disenfranchise the voters of Dobell and Fisher and unable and unwilling to do any more than concentrate on keeping his own foot out of his mouth.

  7. Sandra Searle (@SandraSearle) says

    There is a lot of white noise going on in all of the press releases isn’t there.
    Its becoming a case of ‘0h, here we go again’ for the readers.
    Lots of people are starting to realize that it is made up crap by journos & media owners.
    Propaganda is the aim and propaganda is the game.
    Victoria Rollison has written another good article to read for all of you tweeters & facebookers. Well worth getting that message out to all and sundry.

  8. iwhisperloudly says

    It’s all about wish fulfillment for the perverse mob of myopic reactionaries in the ranks of the Canberra press gallery. What is even more disturbing is the shrill and odious voices which emanate from the rank commentariat. Australia’s insidious cabal of puffed up neoconservative pillocks who dominate the nations mainstream news media. Give the lie to the notion of Australia being a pluralist society.

  9. All those wasted eggs on the faces of the above-listed swollen-headed prigs could have been used in a thousand soufflés .

  10. sulphurcrested says

    Totally sickening. A betrayal of Australia as a nation and of the people. And exactly why I don’t have any truck with MSM anymore. Filthy treasonous bastards.

  11. Joy Cooper says

    Totally agree, sulphurcrested, they are treasonous. The current journos have no shame whatsoever & compete with each other to see who can use the worst weasel words & most colourful hyperbole. They are too lazy to do their jobs properly.

  12. I wonder if this PM done at all before her have done, snuggle up to the media, would she be better off.

  13. eclectic eel says

    These pathetic “Journo’s” remind me of Economists who try to make reality fit their fanciful
    mathematical models and nearly always get their predictions wrong. The Gillard govt. has exceeded all expectations for a hung parliament that was predicted to fall within a few weeks or months. It has brought in a wealth of progressive legislation with the help of the cross- benchers and Greens.

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with the “marshmallow test” where kids are promised more marshmallows if they can sit alone for a time with the temptation of one staring them in the face. It seems this simple exercise in delayed gratification can have indications for the type of personality they eventually develop into. Can I dare suggest that the MSM media have collectively failed the marshmallow test, along with the appalling coalition members who couldn’t wait 3 years without trashing people’s reputations for their own ends.

  14. How should we hold journalists to account for the rubbish they write and publish.

  15. 1000 days as PM this Wednesday, and I don’t think there’s been a single one where the media hasn’t said she was gone.

    • Could be the reason for this latest load of old cobblers, ME. Couldn’t let a landmark of that nature be celebrated without the msm doing its usual hatchet job.

  16. I would really love all of those journos to take the Alan Austin test currently on In fact, I think this would be the best type of advertising the ALP could do. It forces the person completing the test to either lie to themselves or accept the truth.

  17. Alwaysgrumpy says

    OMG! A telling list… It demonstrates the incompetence of our political journalists, the mischievous, partisan purpose of the organisations they work for, and, I suspect, it also confirms the presence of a small group within the parliamentary Labor Party who continue to whisper in the gullible ears of anyone who’ll listen to them that Gillard is already dead. Nothing like a self fulfilling prophecy. I would love to know they names of these “reliable sources” most others would consider traitors, or Labor rats. And, our unreliable news media could probably tell us. But that would be disclosing the identity of an informant. That, I’m sure they’d tell us, would be unethical …

  18. gorgeousdunny1 says

    Well done to document this, Finns. I assume you have listed only the confirmed ones. I’d always assumed there were even more. But I don’t suppose you can really keep count of the wingnut ones like Bolt and Ackerman.

  19. This leadership crap is all over the papers because that is the LNP strategy as discussed every week at Limited News. We don’t know for sure if Abbott or Credlin meet with the Fairfax press regularly but it is a pretty good bet.

  20. Reblogged this on Dhamma2553's Blog and commented:
    The manufacture of consensus is the central role of the bourgeois media.

  21. If only all those dingbats were as addicted to gambling as they are unreliable in journalism. Tom Waterhouse could retire tomorrow, young and very, very wealthy.

  22. Well, it certainly was an eat sh*t day for some!

  23. The approach taken in generating the above list undermines your argument; it seems like no effort at all was taken to evaluate the content of each piece. Some of these “predictions” appear from the headline (as the substantive arguments are not sorted or summarised) to be exhortations (e.g. “Dear Julia, it’s time for a dignified exit speech”), make predictions about popularity which can only fairly be measured by looking at the election or polls from time to time (e.g. any of the claims that Julia is unpopular, but not necessarily among caucus), and some are simply mirroring claims from acknowledged (if potentially vague) sources: “PM’s backers must move for the greater good, says Rudd camp”, “Kevin Rudd’s odds on leading ALP in September election shorten to $2”.

    Without defending the authors for what seems to be pretty widespread rumour-mongering, perhaps honesty and quality in journalism should begin at home?

  24. Rosie Johnston says

    Very little mention above regarding the constant needling of guests by Fran Kelly on her Radio National ‘Breakfast’ program to get titbits of gossip re any rumour that may be doing the rounds in Canberra. Where are the boundaries around which intelligent discussion takes place on the ABC Radio or TV or is the ABC now in the hands of the Opposition?

    More than enough wasted air play goes into interviewing Rudd, Abbott, Bishop, Pyne, Hockey etc, all who now, since the election date has been named, end their interview repeating the same old mantras that ‘this govt has lost its way’, ‘is ungovernable’, ‘Gillard being incompetent’ etc … But do we ever hear one so called ABC ‘journalist’ questioning the validity and evidence of these ‘sign-offs’. As a member of the Friend of the ABC since its inception, I am now so bitterly disappointed in the political journalism of national broadcaster as well as the Fairfax press.

  25. Andrea Chan says

    The latest outrage: Tony Jones ‘interviewing’ Jenny Macklin on Lateline, May 1. He talked right over her!

    I suppose these journalists think they are important.

  26. Whatever happened to leadershit? Still a thing? Many false MSM prophets still prancing around not missing a beat.

  27. It’s the polls stupid! Labor is about to go down the gurgler with Gillard, a brave, valiant determined leader who has served her nation and Labor’s purpose well. But not well enough in the ‘eyes of the public’, according to the polls.
    Stop blaming the media, they are merely tapping into the internal panic of the Labor MPs, as the election draws closer and the polls dive to new depths.
    Is it any wonder Labor are looking to a saviour in the form of a more popular leader, one who just happened to be usurped by the present leader and could justifiably (in many people’s eyes) be reinstated as the next leader.
    But the caucus are unsure, some say they won’t work under him, to others he is ‘the devil you know’. However, it seems many grass roots Labor supporters want their members to be prepared to sacrifice those few ministers who are defiantly against his return, because loyalty to a sinking ship (as the ALP is at the moment) means rescuing some, but most will not survive, if the current leader remains.
    So the most important factor now, is to maximise the ALP vote and minimise the Coalition vote (and to keep the media focus more on Labor and less on the Coalition) and since all sitting ALP members should be vitally interested in saving their Party’s vote (by electing a more popular leader) because this move will substantially improve their chances of winning back their own seats in the election.
    Therefore a change back to Rudd, the last Labor leader, (whom many believe was unfairly removed) seems the only logical way forward for a boost in the polls and to ensure a more positive election outcome.

  28. As long as the media keep up their groundless attacks and Julia Gillard hangs in there they simply reinforce for the government that

    “Gillard Has Guts!”

    One paper told the truth today
    No matter what the others have to say.
    You know, about the PM being dead,
    Politically I mean. How often has that been said!

    But here she is alive and well,
    And with plenty of good news to tell.
    This picture says it all dear reader.
    We couldn’t have a better leader.

    While leakers and gossip writers go to town,
    Character assassins bring her down,
    And Abbott does his stunts and struts,
    She keeps smiling. Yes! Gillard has guts!

  29. Maybe this is in the MSM so much because there are no LNP policies to report on!