”Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has acted decisively to axe firebrand union chief Dean Mighell from the Labor Party …”’

In so many ways they were the headlines Labor needed. Kevin Rudd slaps down a mouthy unionist in a fast show of force. Look at the positives: distance from the union movement; calm, decisive leadership in a crisis; a sign of tough, moral authority. Impressive stuff.

Dean Mighell’s feisty words were recorded last November and hoarded for release yesterday. Who says the leak came from the Liberals.