Tim Blair


New Criterion



Monday, October 25, 2004
If Mark Latham is a strong leader, he's a very stupid strong leader.

Letting his preferred candidate for shadow Treasurer, Julia Gillard, announce her withdrawal from the contest is fine for Gillard, but it makes Latham look weak.

If he really thought she was the best person for the job of helping him re-construct Labor as an election-winning party then he should have stuck to his guns.

If she's expendable, too left-wing, and preferred for Treasury only because she delivered votes to Latham in the leadership ballot a year ago, then he should have dropped her. Like he's dropped more important allies before.

It looks like Latham is not sure who should be running the Parliamentary Labor Party, and his colleagues can't fail to notice.