and the good of the country seems to be a very distant second to the good of KR.
and to the good of JG?
Labor, federally, seems to have achieved the level of disfunctionality that the Libs displayed at state level for the past decade and which kept labor firmly at the helms of the states. And look where that's now got labor in most states, other than Vic.
Let's presume that Gillard holds a spill in caucus and wins. What happens to Rudd? Does he go to the backbench and continue to undermine her? Does he stay on as Minister for Foreign Affairs and continue to undermine her? Or does he resign from Parliament, triggering a by-election that the LNP has a chance of winning and changing the balance in Parliament?
If Rudd wins, what does Gillard do? Back to Education? Backbench? Resign?
Labor would probably have a better chance of holding her seat if it went to a by-election, something which might count in Rudd's favour when caucus members are thinking about their own future prospects .
And what if caucus brought in a compromise candidate? What do Rudd and Gillard do? Stand up and applaud him/her and provide full and unquestioned support? Somehow, I don't think so.
Regardless of the outcome of the leadership dispute, it has only served to distract commentators from the fact that it's labor's overall performance and policy direction that has driven the loss of electoral support.
Once the dust settles on who is to be in the drivers seat of this inevitable train wreck, the underlying problems and the instabilityremain.
Is being in Government, particularly a minority government in thrall to the water melons, the best place to be when you are trying to sort out who you are and what you are doing? Possibly not. (Definitely not if you believe in providing sound government rather than simply holding power to satisfy your ego.)
Australia does best when we have a moderate socialist party balanced by a moderate conservative party.
At present neither party can be described by their detractors as being moderate.
It therefore appears inevitable that we will be experiencing rapid changes in government and a degree of social turmoil until one or other party sorts themselves out.
Labor is pursuing a political line that has been discredited both here and in the UK.
The libs are far from perfect but are demonstrating greater electoral appeal at present.
Taking the long view, it would be better for labor to ditch both Rudd and Gillard and rethink their direction. And the safest place to do this is in opposition, while watching the flaws in the liberal lineup expose themselves.
But it ain't going to happen while the egos rule.