Jun 22, 2009

Utegate explained

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane lays out the Utegate scandal with easy-to-understand cast notes and diagrams.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The cast:

John Grant: Brisbane car dealer and neighbourhood friend of Kevin Rudd and occasional attendee at John Howard events. Donated a 1996 Mazda Bravo to Rudd in 2007, lobbied MP Bernie Ripoll for assistance in the face of the GFC.

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7 thoughts on “Utegate explained

  1. j-boy57

    and this would appear to leave Malcolm Turnbull looking about as forensic as the still surviving senator Heffernan
    after his homophobic attack on Kirby, any chance of a whoo-hoo Malcolm, the winner here is Craig Motors the losers
    would be the uteless Lib/nats Bravo Fella’s

  2. RuddIsACommunist

    Rudd and Swan are GUILTY.

    This issue is NOT about an email, it is about the fraud on seret backroom deals and favours and liars covering their ar*ces.

    Labour and Kevin ‘bully’ Rude’s private paid PR spin team can put all the smokes and screen diversion tricks up, coz Kevin ‘BULLY’ RUDE knows he is a goner and his reptutation shot…. he cried communist red tears last night, coz his globalist dream of being head of the United Nations Security Council is slippin away 🙂

    Rude and his Canberra flat mate of 10 years aka ‘Australian Treasurer’ Wayne Swan are in deep deep trouble over a scandal of favours for business dealings that could see both of them SACKED from Parliament, it has been labled as ‘Utegate’.

    In Kevin Rudd’s bid to dodge fire, deflect and confuse the media reporting on the truth, he is firing furfy’s back at the main accuser Turnbull and getting his team to throw curve balls that looks like keystone cops with contradictory statements of fact and fiction.

    One of them must go – Kevin Rudd or Wayne Swan.

    It may be a dead swan song final curtain call to take the fall for his Kevin bloody Rude.

    This is the Scandal of the Century as it involes LIES, DECEPTION, COVER UPS, FRAUD and PROPAGANDA SPIN at its Ruddy Best.

  3. Heathdon McGregor

    I think that the libs used this as a test run, to see the automatic fallback position of Mr Rudd and Mr Swann. As probably predicted the fall back was partial denial, full deflection and weasel words. Mr Swann’s interview with Mr Oakes was like listening to Howard. Q. Did he get special treatment? Do you monitor other applicants as closely? A. He didn’t get the credit so how could i have assisted? I get faxes all the time? Anything but answering the question.

    Why didn’t Mr Rudd just say my office never sent the email as opposed to We cannot locate any evidence. Were they, as Mr Abbot alluded making sure the email could not be found?

    If the Libs have something on the Prime Wowser and 3dub(www) Swann then they simply need top allude to it in future and watch them weasel word their way into trouble.

    (www = weasel words wayne)

  4. David1

    Bernard I think I understood you correctly when you state….Steve Lewis: Veteran Press Gallery figure, political journalist for 17 years, at The Australian until 2007 when editor Chris Mitchell moved him on. Now one of the nation’s most widely-read political journalists via News Ltd tabloids…..be interested to know where you received your information re Mr Lewis being so widely read. Is that since his discord on the now disgraced, fake email or before? I have never seen figures published or spoken regarding his readership numbers.

  5. Venise Alstergren

    Since when does Crikey allow identical comments to be posted on different sections of these hallowed pages?
    I refer of course, to Ruddisnotacommunist.

  6. David1

    Ditto. if the ignoramus cannot bother to construct another contribution, albeit an insignificant pack of nonsense and stupidity, he/she/it should be tossed.

  7. AR

    As usual, the magisterially omniscient, rabble-soothing, derailling trolls like ‘Rud…nist’ raqnts contain no typos, are constructed with correct, if latinate, grammar.
    This is not common with yer avraj RWDB.

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