Kevin was yesterday's Prime
Two and half years ago in November 2007, he
created a "ruddslide" in Australia's political
landscape and claimed general election victory with massive
swing. During the next two years, he enjoyed consistent high
approval ratings in the polls and became one of the most
popular prime ministers in Australian history. Even a few
months ago, he was still quite a heartthrob and pin-up boy
of many Aussies. It is not without reason - a man of dignity,
courage and intelligence, Kevin Rudd is a hero who led Australia
safely through the recent global financial crisis. As a true
humanitarian, he pushed reconciliation forward by bravely
offering an apology
to Indigenous Australians for the "stolen
generations" crimes committed by the government
and Christian churches.
Then how could a hero be reduced to zero in
less than 24 hours?
Most attribute his downfall to the unpopular
mining tax, but which in fact is just the last straw that
broke the camel's back. Others blame on the internal factions
within the party that hold sway within the Labor ranks, but
which actually is the result of his political demise.
Many observers reflect on the change of the
mood among the Australian public after he announced to put
on hold the Emission Trading Scheme, which was one of his
core election promises. Since then he was no longer listened
to by the voters who regarded him as a man of over promise
The lesson of a hero's fall:
1) Don't make a promise that you can't
2) Or you will have to sleep in the
bed you made. 人、党、国无信不立!
of May 30 Movement