Sunday, 26 February 2012
The Revolving Door Of Australia's Labour Leaders
There's an election going on in Australia - the Labor leadership election.
The Labor party are sliding badly in the polls and some say it's the fault of Julia Gillard the current PM. It seems she's not popular with the electorate although she claims she has the support of most of her MPs.
Kevin Rudd resigned from his position of Foreign Secretary last week then decided to stand against Ms Gillard.
If you would like to watch the ballot results you can do so on this updating site.
No matter how much the candidates call for unity after the ballot, it won't happen because it won't solve the problem - that the party is locked in unstoppable destruction.
Ms Gillard's problem is that she's widely considered illegitimate, having ousted Rudd last year - and Rudd's main problem is that most of the caucus would rather lose government than work under him. The PM is unacceptable to the people; the alternative leader is unacceptable to the people who choose the prime minster.
Only one can win but neither will be a true victor.
I hear belling ringing in the distance...
Update: The result was 73 to 29 to retain Gillard as leader of the party and therefore country.