Prime Minister, It’s Time To Sack Kevin Rudd

Julia Gillard should sack Kevin Rudd.

Kevin RuddShe should have done it around 10.30pm on Monday night when his breach of the Cabinet principle of collective responsibility was being digested by the Q&A audience.

Of course, not only has Gillard not sacked Rudd, she hasn’t even shown any sign of slapping him down.

Asked about Rudd’s comments last Monday, government ministers have been at pains to say that they don’t want to rake over “history”. Gillard said she would leave discussion and analysis of the matter to “the historians”.

But it’s not history – not yet. The matters in question are as relevant now as they were exactly a year ago. As they were then, a carbon price and an emissions trading scheme are front and centre of today’s political debate. The Gillard government’s fate hinges on its handling of these issues. [Read more…]