Today at The Guardian I have a piece on the Greens’ strategic dilemmas after cosying up so close to the Gillard government.
With the political class loathed by many ordinary voters, it should be no surprise the Greens have suffered politically and in the polls from their association with Gillard and the “old Labour” project she represented. But it is not easy for the Greens to go back and admit their strategy was flawed, because such a move would undercut their ability to spruik the legislative wins that the strategy delivered.
Despite being much more politically conservative than the Greens, Rudd poses an even bigger problem for them: much of his popularity is derived from his outsider status. It’s the kind of status that the Greens previously traded on to win a large swathe of disaffected voters from the ALP’s left flank. After 18 months of being trashed by his own colleagues Rudd is now even more able to present himself as the true anti-politics populist, coming to sweep aside the old establishment that has failed ordinary Australians.