In the wake of news that Mark Latham’s pancreatitis has recurred, only announced after he was criticised for his lack of comment on the Tsunami tragedy, reports are already appearing about his leadership being called into question. This is not a good start for Labor’s new year. My take on this is that Latham’s leadership is finished, unless he can really turn around Labor’s chances quite soon. He’ll probably survive til after the budget, though:
“His position’s quite secure,” a Labor MP, who asked not be named, said. “Otherwise they [the anti-Latham group] would have done something about it.”
But all of the Labor members the Herald spoke to conceded that the adverse publicity generated by Mr Latham’s failure to respond publicly to the tsunami disaster had hurt the party and raised the spectre of another leadership challenge.
ELSEWHERE: Saint has a different take on the politics of disaster over at DogFightAtBankstown.