Total candour was only way to stop him

David Marr
Sydney Morning Herald

No Kevin. This isn’t a breakdown in civility. Your colleagues are at last telling us why you were sacked. And here the political is inescapably personal: you couldn’t run the place. The result was, as Julia Gillard said yesterday and every newspaper and television station has been repeating since, ”chaos and paralysis”.

It still beggars belief that Labor leaders – with or without faces – were unable to pull Rudd into line. They deposed him and decided the government would take the rap. We weren’t told it was Rudd but the Labor government that had lost its way.

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