Miranda strips down to the gym shorts and pom pom to barrack for Bill
Further to my disparaging post on the ostentatiously ambitious Bill Shorten, there’s something more than a little suspicious about an aspiring Labor leader who has uber-Tory Miranda Devine on his cheersquad. Of course, in part she’s just gleefully pouring petrol on the Bomber’s funeral pyre, but she really does seem to be a Shorten fan.
I’m not. What has Shorten actually achieved as a union leader in concrete terms? He’s hardly a Bob Hawke in any sense except his ability to manipulate the media to his personal advantage, and his recent tawdry factional manouevrings over pre-selections displayed Labor at its very worst.
If they’re thinking about drafting a potential leader from outside the current federal parliamentary ranks to cover the situation after Beazley’s seemingly inevitable failure (which isn’t a bad idea – the only one of the current crop who I think might have the goods is Lindsay Tanner – I’ve well and truly cooled on Julia Gillard and Rudd’s school prefect/nerd demeanour makes him unelectable), it should be someone with a proven track record of achievement in something more than blatant self-promotion. If PJK is a non-starter (and I accept he’d be carrying an awful lot of excess baggage), how about Peter Beattie? Or Clare Martin? Or even Geoff Gallop if the medication is working. A Labor leader with chronic depression at least won’t have to strive to achieve what may well be a rational state of mind if Dr Troppo is right.