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Kevin “Nigel” Rudd

May 1, 2010

It is official; Kevin has no friends. The papers today are wall-to-wall articles on Kevin and not a single one positive. It seems that the once relatively compliant media has gone feral.

Peter van Onselen, in The Weekend Australian, was particularly vitriolic as captured by the headline of his article – Spineless PM not worthy of wiping Gough’s shoes. Here’s a small taste . . .

Rudd has put his political self-interest ahead of what he regards as the greatest moral challenge of our time. You don’t get more callow than that.

There are only two explanations for what Rudd has done: he is a weak leader who should find another profession (perhaps go back into the bureaucracy) because he won’t do what he believes is right if it carries risks; or, worse still, he is a fraud who used inflated rhetoric to whip up hysteria about climate change but is running away from having done so because the political winds have shifted.

Neither possibility is particularly edifying for a national leader.

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  1. 224 permalink
    May 5, 2010 8:54 pm

    The first proposition by Mr. van Onselen concerning the Rudd leadership is of course well known, not only is our leader the king of spin but totally poll driven and hence devoid of any true or inspiring vision.
    The second proposition.
    “The greatest moral challenge of our time”.
    As the Citizens Electoral Council of Australia (28/4/2010) has said:
    “The ETS was always a scam, an attempt to create a new global derivatives bubble on a trade in thin air, to replace the derivatives bubbles on real estate and stocks that are imploding.
    “Did Kevin Rudd and Penny Wong decide to deep-freeze their emissions trading scheme (ETS), because Goldman Sucks was caught out and charged with fraud?
    Remember, Goldman Sucks is the financial power behind carbon trading worldwide:
    • Goldman owns 10 per cent of Al Gore’s Chicago carbon exchange;
    • Al Gore’s partners in his Generation Investment Management hedge fund in London are all former Goldman Sachs executives—David Blood, Mark Ferguson and Peter Harris;
    • Malcolm Turnbull, the man who almost delivered the ETS, by cutting a deal with Rudd without his party’s support, is Goldman Sachs’ main man in Australia.
    “The formula is relatively simple: Goldman positions itself in the middle of a speculative bubble, selling investments they know are crap. … They’ve been pulling this same stunt over and over since the 1920s—and now they’re preparing to do it again, creating what may be the biggest and most audacious bubble yet. … the new game in town, the next bubble, is in carbon credits … a groundbreaking new commodities bubble, disguised as an ‘environmental plan,’ called cap-and-trade. The new carbon-credit market is a virtual repeat of the commodities-market casino that’s been kind to Goldman, except it has one delicious new wrinkle: If the plan goes forward as expected, the rise in prices will be government-mandated. Goldman won’t even have to rig the game. It will be rigged in advance.”

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