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It’s early Sunday morning. I wonder whether Rupert’s Rags are going to throw another non-story onto the nation’s front yards in a couple of hours time.*
Last weeks non-story, Rudd admits to US strip club visit by Glen Milne dredged up some 4-year old non-news. This part raised alarm bells …
Reports of Mr Rudd’s behaviour reached senior Australian diplomats serving in the US at the time.
One of those diplomats, who insisted on anonymity, confirmed to The Sunday Telegraph a version of events involving “inappropriate behaviour”.
To me, this smells (no, stinks) of the involvement of our foreign minister Alexander Downer. Sadly for Mr Downer and John Howard, none of the mud stuck — except to their own hands.
On Monday, our local ABC radio station was interviewing the man in the street and the majority of responses were favourable to Kevin Rudd: “It shows he’s human after all.” “He’s just like one of us.” etc.
Bob Brown landed the best punch
Mrs Fitz & I were watching Lateline on Monday night when we saw Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown deliver this…
“Four years ago Kevin Rudd got drunk and took himself into a strip club. Four years ago John Howard, sober, took Australia into the Iraq war. I think the electorate can judge which one did the more harm.”
Mrs Fitz howled with laughter when she heard it. Take that, Johnny.
Aurelius blogged about it straight away.
By Thursday, everyone was pretty relaxed about the story. One of my brothers sent me this picture of a billboard outside an establishment across the road from his workplace.
And why did Downer’s flunky in DFAT choose to leak the story to Glen Milne, of all people. Maybe it’s because he has had first-hand experience of drunken behaviour? Who can forget his performance at the 2006 Walkley awards?
I think the Howard government mud-slingers are going to have to try harder than that.
* Actually, I’ve just checked. Today’s top story is…
Flu outbreak hits racing
A DESPERATE race is on to contain a highly contagious horse influenza virus that has the potential to cripple the $8 billion Australia racing industry. …
While not wishing any harm to the horses, some filter in my head translates this story as…
Punters keep their money
FAMILY BUDGETS make ends meet and economy booms. …