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KEV’S JUST A SOUL WHOSE INTENTIONS ARE GOOD: “Assassination party” was media invention

kruddinvite450While accurately described by star News Limited reporter Samantha Maiden in their Sunday newspapers as a party (scheduled for tonight Wednesday)  on what Rudd has apparently been calling “Assassination Day,” less astute journalists have misinterpreted Rudd’s gathering of his former Prime Ministerial staff – now cancelled – as an “assassination party.”

Someone can hopefully help aging lefty email newsletter writer Bernard Keane to do a Google search so he can figure out the difference between the ex-PM referring in jest to his “assassination day” (as he is well known to have done from time to time) and his arranging of an “assassination party.”  Big difference.

Bearded clam Keane colleague, Andrew Crook, believed to be seeking an Age traineeship while bravely and contemporaneously pouring scorn on their senior management, could perhaps explain the difference, in semiotic terms over a soy latte, next time Canberra-based Keane takes the bus down to Melbourne.

Keane in the loss-making lefty email newsletter crikey falsely asserted earlier this week that Maiden had described the event as an “assassination party,” in a failed attempt to stitch her up which backfired odiously when VEXNEWS probed – if you’ll pardon the expression – the “erroneous anus” in the kind of forensic detail that would have made a proctologist wince.

In yet another VEXNEWS exclusive, we have obtained a copy of the invitation from an aggrieved member of the Rudd’ PMO Generation Y All-Stars who says it clearly demonstrates that Rudd’s invitation makes no reference to “assassination party” or anything like it.

They told us on strict condition of anonymity because the party was meant to be a private affair:

“Rudd would have been criticised for failing to have the party that he promised. Rudd was criticised for having the party. He’s still being criticised now it’s cancelled, albeit by Twitter. While Sam Maiden’s story didn’t refer to it that way, the follow-ups all described it as an Assassination Party in a way that was quite misleading. Keane was one of many offenders.”

The awkwardness of the situation was compounded – insiders from Rudd’s home state of Queensland explain – by Rudd’s remarks to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Hartcher that he probably should have had some more “greybeards” on his staff. The Generation Y majority took that as a bit of an insult from their guy and some were looking forward to drinking as much of Ruddster’s grog as possible before telling him so at “the gathering”. Talk around Sydney was that a few of them were so dark about Rudd’s greybeard remarks that some were planning on not attending in protest.

danstreetInsiders say – contrary to Rudd’s implication to the contrary -  that there’s been no outbreak of “greybeards” in the new Rudd office, with twenty-something Daniel Street serving notionally as an international development adviser but was recently spotted near the Darling Harbour premises of the ailing Fairfax company chatting up a storm with frequent-flyer on Rudd’s Air Force One of Leaks, Peter Hartcher. Cynical snouts attached to the militant Sydney wing of the famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit regarded it as highly unlikely they were chatting about “micro-lending” or conditions in Palau.

While Rudd’s treatment was reasonably brutal after Maiden’s compelling exclusive on Sunday, certainly the timing of the occasion was deliberate and unfortunate. But he paid a high price for it, all the same, further alienating himself from the party he is thought to still hope to lead. As we have said, Daryl Melham has more chance of getting the framed leadership pic on the caucus wall. On that note, wasn’t it touching the other week to see Labor’s second worst ever Leader, Mark Latham in the Financial Review, defending the honour of its worst, Doc Evatt from the savage criticisms of a patriot with a much-needed long-memory, Gerard Henderson.

Rudd was painful but a world apart from those two admittedly tragically talented dirtbags. Rudd’s views were mostly (very) sound, his treatment of people mostly so appalling that it’s a wonder he went into the people business of politics in the first place.

The zero tolerance of most of the Gallery and the vast majority of the caucus for Rudd’s little games is surely a pointer to Rudd that his Wilderness Years are not going to end in Churchillian comeback glory. If invaded by Indonesia in a ‘Tomorrow When The War Began’ style attack over our stunning decision to stop the cows, then surely the nation would turn to Labor’s modern Major-General Mike Kelly rather than the bookish uber-nerd with Pol Pot people skills.

Failing that, Gillard is as safe as Paul Howes’ house, which seems very safe indeed. Nearly as safe as Peter Garrett’s seat.

That said, here’s the invitation. It was meant to be tonight. But it wasn’t meant to be. Therese (sorry we really can’t be bothered with the acutes and graves) wisely cancelled the event. If they hadn’t the volcanic ash would have stopped many from showing.

The invitation itself seems pretty innocuous to us and our Rudd-love was nearly fully extinguished when – on his watch – Israel was outrageously singled out for attack over its foreign intelligence service supposedly using false passports even though every intelligence service (including our own) does exactly the same thing for the very good reason that it would like to keep its agents alive. Modern anti-semitism rarely comes in the form of vile, chilling hook-nosed caricature, it comes in imposing on Israel standards that never seem to apply to anyone else, least of all its enemies.

The nature of life in the fast lane might mean that Rudd will never get to host his former crew unless he’s holding a retirement party. Perhaps bringing that forward would be best for everyone. We suspect Prime Minister Gillard would have her own celebration too.



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  1. Andrew,

    This is crap. That’s why I got a logie and you are still yearning for a Walkley!

    Have a nice day!

    Posted by Karl Stefanovic | June 22, 2011, 0:16
  2. Not a bad story. Still, anything that highlights the truth about Rudds shortcomings is a plus in my book.
    Karl who? Logie? Big deal.It’s what you are like as a person that counts not some silly award from equally silly people just for being a talking head.

    Posted by Python | June 22, 2011, 7:32
  3. Where was my invite. Kev must have lost my address. Shame Kevin Shame.

    Posted by Brett Hinch | June 22, 2011, 8:20
  4. “…frequent-flyer on Rudd’s Air Force One of Leaks…”

    Andrew Landeryou once again produces gold, absolute gold.

    Posted by The Man in the Mac | June 22, 2011, 9:06
  5. Kevin Rudd.

    He took the labor party from ear wax, to carbon tax.

    End of Transmission.

    Posted by Admonkeystrator | June 22, 2011, 9:18
  6. Dear God! Are all the people in the photo sucking on the taxpayers’ tit? No wonder this otherwise fabulous country is going down the gurgler. Get a job. Contribute, you leeches on the back of honest human endeavour!

    Posted by Harry Viderci | June 22, 2011, 9:40
  7. Bernie Keane take the bus to Melbourne?? No way Andy,he rides his bike and before you get too excited,no,he doesn’t tog up in bum-hugging lycra,it’s cargo-shorts and sandals with those very attractive snow white hairy legs proudly displayed. He’s said to drive the truckies wild.

    Posted by Nark Latham | June 22, 2011, 11:16
  8. Harry Viderci speaks the truth.

    Posted by The Truth | June 22, 2011, 11:48
  9. 60% want him back over Gillard. That makes him nearly as popular as Bob Hawke compared to Hayden. “Remove the caucus and drink to Kev Rudd, the wonder of the up-and-comer lads, let’s all drink to Kev Rudd (provided it’s a nicely matured red with a whiff of rose petal). I remember Bob Hawke saying Keating (?) held a beer in his hand like he was holding a turd. I’m sure Kev Rudd would rather have a fair suck of the sauce bottle instead.

    Posted by Giuseppe De Simone | June 23, 2011, 22:39
  10. MIC conference november in sydney bring Rudd back, no more greeen mold.
    Show your color, red.

    Posted by Freddy | July 5, 2011, 11:25