Latho has made his statement. Reaction seems, largely, well, confused. The SMH ponders whether the Party will go back to the Beazer or plunge into the unknown. Senior MPs, this time identified as frontbenchers, are said to be confused and angy:
Far from soothing his party, Mark Latham’s statement has fuelled anger and frustration across his front bench, throwing federal Labor into disarray. After a week of waiting for Mr Latham to give an explanation of his illness and its prognosis, Labor MPs say the statement fails to resolve the two most vital issues: the real state of his health and his long-term leadership plans. Exasperated by Mr Latham’s failure to make a tsunami statement, many senior MPs were even more disillusioned by the absence of a detailed explanation of his health in yesterday’s statement.
The Age characterises Latho as “trying to buy time”, while Michael Gordon in the same paper says “confidence in Latham is evaporating”, and rates the pretenders to the throne. The Australian says “Mark buys Gillard some time”.
You’d have to wonder who’d want to lead this mob. Maybe Gilly’s supporters should hope for her to become Deputy and wait and watch as another leader is sacrificed. It’d be really nice if Labor got its act together, though.