Rudd vs. Abbott (letter)by Frank BelletNews Weekly
, June 26, 2010
Those who pay attention would have noticed that on each occasion when Kevin Rudd's latest "misspoke" can no longer be ignored by the media and so is eventually reported, the report is always "balanced" out or neutered by some criticism of Tony Abbott as well.
I do believe Tony Abbott is being fed some bad advice, particularly after I viewed that amateurish "blah, blah" commercial on Kevin Rudd, sponsored by the Coalition.
The PM is constantly making himself look foolish, without the Opposition following suit.
Perhaps some of this "bad advice" is coming from staff or advertising agents, who haven't had their political philosophies and real allegiances properly scrutinised.
Where critics of Tony Abbott come off the rails is with their insistence that Malcolm Turnbull should be a major participant in the Coalition.
Turnbull has form and his time as Opposition leader, and his dabbling Rudd-style with the ETS, should deprive him of any role in any party in opposition to Labor.
It would be a blessing if he followed Petro Georgiou and Judith Troeth out the front door.
Also it does not make sense to suggest, as many journalists do, that the Australian public should suffer another three years of Blunderers Incorporated, led by serial-blunderer Kevin Rudd and co-blunderer extreme Julia Gillard, simply because the media don't like Tony Abbott.
Their shallow argument is that the Coalition isn't "ready" to govern.
Two years ago, Blind Freddy could plainly see that Labor wasn't ready to govern, even if the media, as usual, were absolutely certain that it was.Frank Bellet,