Looks like being popular counts for nothing in politics. Before completing his first term in office as Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd was overthrown by his Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and ministers who were unhappy with him.
This came as a surprise to many as Mr Rudd was thought to be a popular figure in public. But it was a different story in his own party. When he became opposition leader in 2006, Mr Rudd made it plain he would not be held to ransom by union leaders who once held so much power within the Labor Party. Now its the same people that brought him down.
And at 9:00am (AEST), Julia Gillard became Australia’s first female Prime Minister after Kevin Rudd decided not to contest in the leadership ballot.
I marveled at how, in 12 hours, Mr Rudd went from being the most popular Australian Prime Minister, to become the first Labor Prime Minister to be dumped from office before completing a first term. This shows that nobody is ever safe in politics.
In this case, Mr Rudd’s overwhelming popularity counted for nothing as Ms Gillard and her cronies zipped into Parliament House, went in to his office and said ‘Good day, mate. Your time is over. Get out. Don’t let the doorknob hit you on the way out’