A Thatcher moment for Gillard

It somehow seems appropriate that Julia Gillard shared some front pages this morning with a picture of Meryl Streep being rewarded for her portrayal of Maggie Thatcher.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

A Margaret Thatcher moment. It somehow seems appropriate that Julia Gillard shared some front pages this morning with a picture of Meryl Streep being rewarded for her portrayal of Maggie Thatcher. That female British prime minister would never have won a public popularity contest either yet she endured at the top for a long time because of a grudging admiration of her toughness.

Prime Minister Gillard should try for the same vote winning formula and start by showing no mercy on some of those ministers who publicly backed Kevin Rudd in the leadership contest. Send a few of them to the backbench to sit next to Kevin and hope for the best. Some fresh faces on the frontbench will do no harm.

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8 thoughts on “A Thatcher moment for Gillard

  1. Barbara Boyle

    Why not a full line up of new faces for the front bench?

  2. klewso

    Boltongate/Limited News –
    “Fair dinkum, what good are news if you can’t pimp ’em out to the highest bidder?”

  3. Omar Khayyam

    re Gillard; It isn’t the message not being delivered, there is no message.
    The 2 party system is an abject failure and needs immediate replacement.
    Local representatives who actually represent their constituents, and can be removed by same, when said constituents decide!

    re Murdoch; Ignorance isn’t a defence against criminal charges.
    The claim by Murdoch et al that they were not aware of what was being done is beyond belief.
    Perjury would probably be a more accurate description.

  4. Gavin Moodie

    I agree with Omar that ignorance is no defence to a criminal charge.

    On Radio National breakfast on 28 February at 8:58 am James Carleton’s reading of the papers included a claim that Arbib’s resignation was Rudd’s price for going quietly. His source was freelance journalist Alex Mitchell’s facebook page, which I haven’t been able to find.

  5. Bill Hilliger

    Re Murdoch – if Rupert and James had have fessed-up at the beginning of the phone hacking scandal they would have been released and out on parole by now.

  6. f sweeney

    Your spill advice to PM Gillard at the opening of the 2012 Parliamentary year was spot on though tardily acted on at cost to the PM. Shr has learnt and I hope she listens to your ‘reds under the bed’ like advice and exiles several parasites wetting the Ministerial benches.

  7. Physician Assistant 1

    Brilliant we are paying for politicians to squabble like chickens in a hen house. Why not begin to debate openly some of the important issues on the table. 3 trails have demonstrated that implementation of Physician assistants to Australian health system willl not only improve efficiency, patient care, reduce waiting times but also assist medical students to get more time with their trainers. This position has worked overseas to improve health care which poly has the guts to tick the box and bring true reform to health care.

  8. K Stefanova

    Sorry, Richard, but the carbon price and household assistance that comes from making our biggest companies start to pay to pollute our skies won’t “make things more expensive for everyone.”

    A couple of months ago, The Climate Institute, CHOICE and ACOSS commissioned CSIRO to try and put a price tag on the impact of the carbon price and the assistance on offer. That research found that Australia’s carbon pollution price will add a mere 0.6 per cent to inflation in 2012-13. That’s the equivalent to 6 cents on every $10.00 spent. Or in even simpler terms, it’s an extra 2 cents spent on bread and a litre of milk, 11 cents on a leg of lamb and 14 cents on a week’s worth of fruit and vegetables. Petrol will not be affected by this legislation. Electricity prices will increase by around 10 per cent in 2012 outweighed by other cost pressures in upgrading poles and wires.

    The CSIRO research found these rises will be offset by government assistance in 9 out of 10 households, and most Australians will gain rather than lose if they invest in energy efficiency measures for their homes. Households can check out their situation at http://www.yourcarbonprice.com.au

    The research also shows that climate and/or extreme weather events like Cyclone Larry have made – or will make – greater impacts on our cost and way of life.

    Kristina Stefanova
    Communications Director
    The Climate Institute

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