Friday, November 6, 2009

Rupert Murdoch and Laurie Oakes have an epiphany

Hmm, seems the boss has gone cold on Kevin Rudd - and nothing I’ve heard elsewhere contradicts the impression given in this interview:
KEVIN Rudd is delusional if he thinks Australia can lead the world or act as a bridge between the US and China.

He’s very intelligent, he’s very interesting, but he’s kidding himself with the G20 - the grouping of the top 20 countries in the world, according to Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation, the Herald Sun reports.

“(President) Obama actually wants to cut the even more exclusive G8 to a G4 - and really, to a G2; just the US and China,” Mr Murdoch said in a wide-ranging interview yesterday.

“If Rudd thinks we can set an example for the rest of the world with a cap-and-trade system on greenhouse gas emissions - the ETS - all it would do is push up the cost of living in Australia and the rest of the world will laugh,” he said…

Even Laurie Oakes seems to be cutting Rudd loose:
A COUPLE of days ago, I found myself shouting at the radio: “For God’s sake, answer the bloody question!"…

Kevin Rudd was being interviewed - one of the 14 or so radio and TV appearances in his much-publicised media blitz on the asylum-seeker issue. And he had nothing to tell us. No answers. Just platitudes, slogans and spin.

The Prime Minister’s minders would have done better to keep him locked up in The Lodge and away from the phone. What is the point of a media blitz when you have nothing to say?

All Rudd achieved was to deepen the suspicion in the minds of voters that he hasn’t got a clue about how to deal with the problem. He resembled a headless chook running around in circles.

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