Today marks the first anniversary of the 24 hours that led to the deposition of Kevin Rudd -- aka the Night of the Long Knives. Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane and senior journalist Paul Barry draw a portrait of a man at the height of enormous power, and how quickly his base was eroded. Keane and Barry plot how Rudd unwittingly trashed his own power base with astonishing swiftness -- hollowing out his influence so effectively that when his public popularity collapsed, so too did his prime ministership ...

Kevin Rudd’s downfall, in the eyes of his Labor critics, began early.