By Sumer Dayal
Oh the glory and the celebration raking the news as we pat ourselves on the back for having our first female Prime Minister!
How quick we are to get on the bandwagon as a political disaster is turned into triumph. In case people are thinking this is a triumph for women’s lib and their position in society, don’t push it. This was not democracy at work. This was not the voice of the Australian people. It still isn’t. Australia now has a PM nobody elected and nobody considered.
At least in America the Vice-President goes on the ticket. Today I felt powerless as the Prime Minister we chose was removed with a less-than-reasonable explanation. This isn’t a victory. This was sloppy politics. Kevin Rudd couldn’t hold on to his party and got ousted. Labor isn’t united; it’s struggling to fix itself before the next election. Dear members of the Cabinet.
Whether Rudd is good or bad, it’s our call. Not yours. We chose him, we deal with him.
Give me some evidence that Rudd was doing real damage, and then this action is justifiable. And face it – a woman is Prime Minister not because anyone thought she deserved it, but purely because the man elected couldn’t do his job properly.
Nobody looked at her and said she’s the one to lead this country. Is that what a female PM means? To me, she’s just a seat-warmer. The real PM is the one we elect. So political allegiances aside, I’ll just say this. Win the election Gillard, and then you might gain my respect. Do it like a lady. Come on and show us that behind-the-Cabinet backstabbing isn’t the only way a woman can get into power.
Then maybe the Australian people might get my respect as well.