How will the breakup of The Smiths affect the Rudd-Gillard thingo?
To the Canberra Press Gallery.
Chaps, I know it’s the silly season and all and the desk still expects you to file even if nothing is actually – you know – happening in Canberra, but you really need to ease up on the whole “Rudd versus Gillard” thing.
It’s just getting silly.
Witness the current brouhaha over the decision not to give the tender to run the Australia Network to SkyNews*. Instead of focusing on what the decision means in terms of broadcasting policy, how the region perceives us and whether the entire tendering process was a good idea or not - the stuff I rather thought journalists were supposed to do - a goodish chunk of the Gallery decided to focus on how the entire saga reflected on the “Rudd versus Gillard” Strum und Drang.
“Earthquake in China kills thousands, will Rudd challenge?”
“Syrian Government accused of massive human rights violations, can Rudd and Gillard get along?”
“Obama’s nuclear plan reveals stresses within Labor.”
Sit back, have a quiet lie down and a cup of tea and trying and work out what’s important and what isn’t. Because, quite frankly, you’re making yourselves look absurd.
* And stop it with this cutsie-poo typography. That joke isn’t funny anymore**.
** You see what I did there? I worked two Smiths references into the one post. Win!