It’s not about policy – it’s not as if Gillard has stood strongly for women (shoving them on below subsistence Newstart) or the poor (keeping Newstart below subsistence) or the vulnerable (adopting the Liberals’ destructive offshore processing regime which doesn’t deter genuine refugees, it just makes their lives even harder) or equality (her opposition to marriage equality making precisely no sense) or education (slashing tertiary education funding) or basic common sense economics (adopting the Liberals’ obsession with self-destructive surpluses). And it’s not as if Rudd stood for anything different on those issues.
It’s not about fairness – the media campaign against Gillard has been hideous, both nasty and stupid, and it’s galling to think of giving the hounds what they want. Particularly when the biggest part of the problem is their utter failure to hold the Liberals to account at all. (How ludicrous was that Age editorial blaming you for their inability to write about policy when we’ve all been begging them to? Lol.)
It’s certainly not about justice for the politicians – politics simply isn’t, and in any case neither Kevin Rudd nor Julia Gillard are paragons of virtue themselves. Gillard can hardly object to bad polls being used to justify suddenly deposing a leader, since she did the same in 2010. And it’s pretty hypocritical for Rudd to demand that everyone unite behind him “for the good of the party” given his wrecking campaign in 2010 and since.
The issue is solely minimising the length of time that the even worse Liberals are in government, if indeed they have to be. Losing the election isn’t the only question – how badly they lose it matters too. The fewer MPs they have, the longer it will be before they can fight their way back into government. And if the Coalition gets the Senate, you can only imagine what they’ll get through.
As a progressive, I’m not voting ALP anyway. I’m voting Green, and preferencing the ALP.
But I presume that even ALP MPs remember enough of why they’re in parliament to want to minimise the destruction the Liberals will wreak on ordinary people when they get their hands on the joint again.
In which case, the answer is clear.
Does the ALP’s internal research tell them they will win more seats under Rudd if Gillard resigns and he takes over cleanly? (Please tell me they’ve done some proper research that takes all the factors into account.) Yes or no.
If not, then stick with Gillard.
If so, then for the love of ordinary Australians, Prime Minister Gillard, please resign. This week.