Yikes. Kevin Rudd has just quit as Foreign Minister. It is a spectacular escalation of the battle for the leadership which Rudd hopes will achieve two things – enhance his status as a martyr with the voters, and free him up to devote himself fully to the task of wresting back the prime ministership.
Tactically, Rudd has sensed Gillard’s hesitation about whether to discipline him, to dump him, to bring the issue to a head by calling a spill. She has been reluctant to do any of those things because she knows Rudd is already a figure of considerable sympathy with voters who believe he should not have been knocked off in the first place, and would much prefer him over Gillard as PM.
By sacking himself Rudd is trying to play the victim.
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