Everybody's somebody's fool

In the end Simon Crean’s folly overwhelmed his bravery, a diminished Kevin Rudd left his backers out to dry, journalists were shown up and Julia Gillard’s government almost certainly doomed.

On one level, it was farcical. Indeed it was beyond farcical if that’s possible. Most of yesterday it seemed like Gillard’s hours as prime minister were numbered – one journalist said that only a miracle could save her. Why even Simon Crean, her most loyal supporter, deserted her. He did so publicly. Not for Simon the cloak of anonymity in which the Rudd backers have wrapped themselves.

This was very brave of him. The journalists swooned in unison. At last, a name we can use, you could imagine them crying out. They had a real story, unlike most of the stuff they had been reporting on the Labor leadership.

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