The Rudd-Gillard nickname contest is filling the Crikey inbox with enthusiastic responses and bile in equal measure.

Some think Crikey should grow up and focus on serious political analysis (see Comments, corrections, clarifications & c-ck-ups). The rest sent in their suggestions.   In the name stakes, great TV partnerships are featuring strongly:

  • Kruddard from the Blue Lagoon — Victoria Collins
  • Tin Tin and the Welsh Rarebit — Michael J Beech
  • Professor and Ginger (together at last) — Niall Clugston
  • Batwoman and Robin — Geoff Penaluna

Thanks to Rudd’s bookish looks, Harry Potter combos magically appeared, including a possible title from Scott Nicholls: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of the Left? Special mention to Adam Rowland for his suggestion of Mike Kelly and Hillary Brooke — nemesis of (Lou) Abbott and (Bud) Costello and Costello’s love interest respectively.

Dylan Brady may have hit gold with the moniker Rud ‘Yard Coupling and for sheer silliness, we like Robert Bromwich’s Gilly-a-GoGo-Fudd.
 Making consistent appearances however is the satirist’s dream of Kath and Kev (owing to Julia’s Fountain Gate drawl).

Hon Jack Phat writes. “After actually hearing Gillard speak for the first time last night I was immediately struck by how much she sounded like Kath, of Kath and Kim fame, so maybe we should make it Kath and Kev, I can just see Gillard behind closed doors going, “Look at me Kev, Look at moye.”
Should Kath get the shadow treasurer’s nod perhaps she could begin her budget reply with, “we wanna be effluent Kevvy, effluent”.