As Gilly hits the phones to guage support, the tortured politics of the ALP’s attitude towards Gilly’s marital status etc. is examined in a feature in The Australian. Among other outrages, apparently her kitchen is too clean. I wish I could say the same about mine. The Oz in its editorial (which does say these factors are irrelevant) refers to her “pristine kitchen” and infers this means that she is “a stranger to the domestic mess of family life”. Hello? Hello? Maybe she cleaned her kitchen because tv cameras were going to be there. And, guess what, I can attest that you don’t need kids to have a messy kitchen. But I don’t expect this issue to come up if I apply for a job, and strangely, when I was active in politics, it was never something I was attacked over. Does anyone care that Mike Rann is single? Could all this be because Gilly’s a woman? You get that impression with comments in the feature from the (fortunately) anonymous Labor MP that “the Australian people will not cop a left-wing sheila.”
Gillard dismisses such comments as the “politics of the absurd” and argues that all leadership contenders should be judged on their merits alone.
I reckon the Australian people are just about fed up with gormless Labor MPs actually. A “God-awful mess” as Ruddy put it – Gilly can help restore it to pristine cleanness!
You go Gilly, you good thing!
ELSEWHERE: Tim Dunlop’s pretty unimpressed with Ruddy, Flutey thinks Ruddy squibbed it, miss piss asks “would anyone (other than the Women’s Weekly) give a crap what Kim Beazley’s kitchen looked like?” Meanwhile, in the meeja, Michelle Grattan thinks Ruddy may have been in third place and Gilly is being urged to run.
UPDATE: Andrew Bartlett’s discovered a citizen who’s worried that Julia might be a Commo as she went to Vietnam for her hols. The question arises – is the floor under the bed clean for when the reds drop in to hide?
AUSTRALIA DAY UPDATE: Gilly’s not running, so it’s the Beazer.