Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Giving the election away

Default position for our politicians is to avoid answering the question at all costs.

Pushing hard to top the table as the worst of all is Prime Minister Rudd. He must have lost thousands of votes for his party with his constant off-subject waffling.

He was at it again on the ABC's AM programme yesterday.

The first question he was asked was: "If the polls are right, you won't be Prime Minister this Saturday night. How much of the blame will you shoulder?"

Pretty straightforward I thought.

His answer: "As I said before, I think what your listeners want to hear this morning is what our policies are, and what the alternatives are, and at this stage of the campaign, we are left simply poking in the dark in terms of what Mr Abbott has in his hidden box of cuts - large scale cuts - to jobs, to hospitals, to schools. And the reason why he's keeping it under wraps is he doesn't want to frighten people into not voting for him.

And I think people are beginning to scratch their heads and wonder about this and if they're in doubt about it, they shouldn't vote for him".

The interviewer let that one go through to the keeper and moved on to the subject of the Coalition promising to scrap the carbon tax. Part of it was to ask whether Labor would block in the Senate the Coalition's (laughable) Direct Action policy on carbon emissions.

Naturally he waffled, so was asked the simple question: "Getting back to the point of the question. Would Labor block it?"

The answer to that should have been yes or no or we haven't decided yet.

Not to waffler Rudd though. He said: "Our position as far as our policies for this election, is absolutely clear. These are the positions we're taking into the 2013 election. People will vote for them one way or another. I'm in the business of this election in order to secure a win for the Government because I believe that's the best outcome for all Australians including on climate change.

Post election speculation is something I don't enter into."

There was a big surge to Labor when he resumed the leadership, but the more he's gone on like this the more supporters he's lost. Even in his parochial home state of Queensland.

I can't see him lasting long in the job post election - assuming he retains his seat, which is in serious doubt.

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