As some members here might know I quite like cricket. I support Australia – until the ‘Ashes’. Bearsy changed his allegiance to Australia a few years ago – I didn’t, I support England. So it really doesn’t matter who wins – one person in this household will be happy!
A few days ago, one of the News Channels posed the question of what does Australia Cricket do when it faces its Ancient Rival – it sacks the coach!
Yesterday, the ruling Labor Party, about to face an election, sacked the PM. The situations were pretty similar. The Australian Cricket Team seemed set for defeat – the Labor Party appeared to be destined for annihilation. The Polls indicated that the Labor Party could retain more seats if Kevin Rudd, deposed by Julia Gillard and Union factions three years (and three days) ago led the Labor Party.
For some, the restoration of Rudd is simply a matter of redressing an injustice, for others it’s evidence of politicians trying to cling on to power. Some see it as proof that prejudice against women is alive and active in Australia, whilst others are indignant that Rudd refused to be sidelined and silent and has been rewarded for his bad behaviour.
My opinion? I’m sure that all of the above are correct.
Rudd’s restoration to leader of the Labor Party and PM for the next few months will not change how I will vote. Nonetheless, I sincerely hope that his elevation will save a number of Labor seats.
Democracy, in my opinion, is best served by a strong opposition and who ever wins the ‘prize’ of determining what happens in Australia in the next few years should have to justify its actions to a vociferous opposition.