Just a quick one as I have a brain-freezing writer’s block and shooting pains across my foot and can’t stop whinging, but I wonder who at The Age gives politicians their identifying prefixes for news stories. Bill Shorten must’ve paid a few dollars for this beauty:
Labor factional warlord Bill Shorten has admitted he urged Julia Gillard to challenge Kevin Rudd for the prime ministership last week.
The federal parliamentary secretary from the ALP’s powerful Victorian right faction said he made the approach last Wednesday.
“I did speak to the then deputy prime minister and say she should think about this,” Mr Shorten told ABC Television’s Q&A program last night.
“She gave it a great deal of serious reflection.”
I want to be a factional warlord, but I don’t want to be a Labor factional warlord who crows about playing the part in a routing well *after* the event just to grandstand and look like a master power player. I want to be a classier factional warlord than that.
Crank-o-meter: just garden variety cranky