Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Poor Kevin

Glen Milne reports criticism of Kevin Rudd that he is too much of a micro-manager, while Phillip Coorey reports complaints that the Ruddbot shouldn't be travelling to New York "when the work is mounting up at home".

The latter includes the delightful criticism that Kevin in 10 months will have met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon three times and SA Senator Nick Xenophon not at all. Bizarre really - Ban Ki-moon represents all 205 or so countries in the UN, Xenophon represents about 14% (a quota) of the citizens of South Australia who are also represented by a host of Labor Senators, Penny ong among them. Plus Nick has actually been a Senator for under three months. And really the PMs message to the opposition and cross benches at tis stage should be "bring it on" - it is the PM who would be suited by a double dissolution.

As for the Milne piece, I'm trying to figure out how he has a report about a meeting carried out under what he (incorrectly) calls "Chatham House rules". There is only one rule. That, for the record, is;

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed".

Get it right.

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