Why I don’t think Kevin Rudd should be Prime Minister.
At 4:30pm today, 21st of March 2013, there will be a ballot in the ALP for the leadership of the party and therefore determining who will be Prime Minister of Australia.
It appears that the ballot will be between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. Whilst not a great fan of Julia Gillard, I don’t want Kevin Rudd to be our PM. Here are the reasons why:-
1) Since being ousted from being PM, Rudd has acted less than honourably as a member of the Government and a member of Gillard’s team. He has white anted, spread rumours and leaked memos all with an agenda of destabilizing Gillard’s leadership. The party has twice chosen Gillard above Rudd, once when he was rolled and secondly the ballot of February 2012. I think of how my church would operate if I have a key member of my leadership team acting as Rudd has acted. I have a problem with how he has behaved.
2) A commentator a few months ago pointed out that Rudd never comes out and supports Gillard by name. Every time he denies leadership speculation he says “I support the Prime Minister”. He will not name her. This to me lacks character and it all part of the games he plays.
3) I don’t see Rudd standing strong and putting himself forward. Even in this ballot today, it was Simon Crean who did the press conference. Even the way he resigned in Washington when he was Foreign Minister, and then jumped on a plane where no one could reach him – to me all shows spinelessness.
4) Somewhere in all of this, Rudd must have been lying. Constantly saying in public that he supports the PM but then behind the scenes saying something different. So he shows disloyalty and dishonesty.
5) It’s been well documented that Rudd as PM was impossible to work with:- I am reading an article right now written by James Button, ex speech writer for PM Rudd: Here is an excerpt
The truth is, Rudd was impossible to work with. He regularly treated his staff, public servants and backbenchers with rudeness and contempt. He could be vindictive, intervening to deny people appointments or preselections, sometimes based on grudges going back years.
He made crushing demands on his staff, and when they laboured through the night to meet those demands, they received no thanks, and often the work was not used. People who dared to stand up to him were put in “the freezer” and not consulted or spoken to for months.
His staff’s prodigious loyalty was mostly not repaid. He put people down behind their backs. He seemed to feel that everyone was always letting him down. In meetings, as I saw, he could emanate a kind of icy rage that was as mysterious as it was disturbing.
He goes on to say that in 2009, Canberra’s best kept secret was Rudd’s dysfunctional personality and how it was damaging the Government.
6) I don’t see that Rudd’s Character reflects his publicly stated Christian conviction.
Reality is that whoever wins the Leadership Ballot will need our prayers. Right now I am praying Gillard wins. In this Easter Season, the only Resurrection I want to hear about is Christ’s.