J is for Julia and the Joy she gave.
U is for Us, so Useless to save
Labor while staying Loyal to her,
In spite of our Instinct that never
Again could we Australians be so proud of our name.

NOTES:   I thought I wouldn’t write another pome or post for this site, but I’ve just been struck by this paragraph and the above picture in the  accompanying article by Chloe Hooper  in  The Monthly.

Why was this intelligent, dedicated, conscientious, patriotic woman, loved by her staff, glowingly admired by the independent MPs who’d just helped her minority government pass the highest rate of legislation of any prime minister, why was she being killed off? One would have thought from the frenzied, almost primitive calls for her head that she’d brought the government or the country to its knees, not just proven herself to be the most capable person in the Labor party.

POST SCRIPT  I’ve just (29/07/13) been commenting over at the Political Sword about why I still think that this may possibly be my last effort in verse at polliepomes.  Hard to explain why that might be, even to myself much less put it in writing.   Of course, one should never say never, so I won’t. At first I thought my reluctance to comment on events of the coup was partly because I have not wanted to put time and effort into arguing the case for (or even against!) the Krudd!   I do, however, admire the stalwart determination of people like Lyn and Ad Astra to maintain the fight against the Coalition.  I go there every day to read what he has to say and to follow up Lyn’s invaluable links.  In the same way I visit Cafe Whispers and read Miglo’s other work at AIMN.     BK over at the PUB also helps keep me in touch with mainstream events and commentary on the struggle which many good people on the left are maintaining, and at last with success it seems.  So KRudd has his uses. I haven’t however wanted to become involved in discussions as passionately as I have in the past few years.  Not just because the joy has gone with Julia.  Initially I thought it was that and that as grief passed I would be commenting again.   But I think that may not be. These past three years with Julia,  those sturdy Independents,  the hung Parliament  and her government,  along with the comedy of Tony Abbott and his inept Opposition,  have been a wonderful distraction from the task I had set myself to organize all my old journals and writings.  I am increasingly aware of time passing and my memory fading.  So if I’m not going to leave a mess for someone else to tidy up or simply dump in the bin I’d better get back on task! If I can find a pome already written relevant to any pressing issues or some particularly dramatic event occurs no doubt I’ll have my say! Ad Astra at The Political Sword responded to this with………

Ad astra

Patriciawa It would be so sad were you to retire completely from commenting on political blog sites, and of course on TPS.  So please return from time to time to leave us a brief comment, or one of your delightful pomes.

I have noticed that the volume of comments on TPS has lessened since the departure of Julia Gillard.  Suddenly our beloved PM has gone – from being in the news many times a day to scarcely ever being mentioned at all.  It’s sad and disheartening, all the more so because the current PM and his ‘Team Rudd’ spent three years undermining her and making life so much more difficult that it need have been.  Internal sabotage is much more corrosive that external aggression. The ‘zing’ has gone out of political discourse, and the enthusiasm to comment is diminished. For my part, Kevin Rudd, the mastermind behind the erosion of Julia Gillard, owes Labor supporters big time.  His only hope for redemption among many Julia Gillard supporters would be for him to win the election and keep Abbott’s destructive, ultra-conservative hands off the levers of power. I understand your situation, and empathize with your feelings. Take a rest, but please come back once in a while to say hello.

We’ll see, I guess!

27/02/14,   Well, here is some news of former PM Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard has told a global audience that the sexism she endured as prime minister, while taking a toll on her, will make it easier for the next woman who gets the job. But she also said that sexist attitudes to women leaders were not just ”something Australian” but that ”many of the things that happened to me as prime minister happened to other women leaders”.

26/07/14 ,  And here’s an interesting comment from Greg Combet,   who said in an interview about his own memoirs in the Guardian that ……….Being inside the Labor government during the leadership rivalry between Rudd and Gillard was like being trapped inside a political and moral dilemma. It was not possible to have honest conversations with your colleagues in the caucus, apart from trusted friends, because the risk was that such conversations would themselves be leaked. I found the destabilisation of Gillard’s leadership vicious and extreme.

Latest news?    But where’s the link?  So far only as below!

Steven,     02//08/13,     What on earth is a “pome”? There is no such word. I think that if you want to write a POEM, you should first learn how to spell the word.

Patriciawa,   If you look above you’ll see an explanation  for that odd spelling for the ‘pomes’ or funny verses I write about politicians.   It’s satire and generally the name is understood by people who like to read these semi-humorous, or wry observations on current political issues.  You can also see from the the acknowledgement on every page here that the National Library is storing this blog in its archives.  So everyone does accept that the ‘pomes’ are very different from proper poems, as I’ve repeated again when more recently  I have begun trying to write Proper Poetry.

gigilene,    02/08/13,     patriciawa,    Julia Gillard has left a strong mark. Deep down I still consider her to be our PM. The other one is illegitimate as he was placed there by the media, the Coalition and some Labor traitors. KR will need to surpass himself to earn my forgiveness and respect. Which should be relatively easy to achieve providing the entire team continues to toe the line, the media becomes more compliant, and the LOTO continues his metooism. All these factors were non-existant with PMJG.

richo,    02/08/13,     All that maybe true and rightly or wrongly her fate was sealed the day she did Kevin in.  Now having said that I concur she was a Prime Minister who got things done. I suspect what she failed to do was to sell her many achievements. In the end if you can’t communicate it clearly you are kind of stuffed.

my say,     02/08/13,     julia never had a chance,she was hounded out of office by a coalition government ,who never got over loosing in 2010 to a woman, by the murdoch media, who believe their man abbott was born to rule,and by some in her own party, although i don’t agree with everything rudd has done i will still vote labor as to not let julia down for all the good policies that she had got passed in the parlament. we have a lot to thank her for

Gilly,     02/08/13,     Another lie about Julia. “Julia did Kevin in”, absolute rubbish, the Labour caucus voted out a man who is not a leader but someone who could never function as a leader. A leader leads others, to do this others need to be trusted, respected and taken into consideration. Kevin was too full of himself to ever have any responsibility for others. As for a communicator, it takes two for communication, someone to listen. Nobody wanted to listen about Government, all the focus was on politics. One of the greatest PMs the country has had was not a politician, she was too honest and focused on what she was elected to do, an adult who was not trapped into playing the immature game of politics.

Patricia Bensted,     02/08/13,       Julia did Kevin In.  What a load of rubbish. Rudd went into Julias office and abused her for not being loyal to him and this is after she REFUSED to go against him. She wasmade a scapegoat for the likes of Shorten etc: so get all your facts straight. I for one will miss the kind, compassionate lady. What she has done for the women ofAustralia and the World for that matter is remarkable. I will always voteLabor because I am aLabor person not like some of the friends of Rudd who even gave up their Membership of the Labor Party, so one must ask did they resign from the Party because Rudd was ousted or was it because a woman took his place. Methinks the latter.

Sandra,     02/08/13,     Gilly, Patricia couldn’t agree more. We will never know just what went down at either of the deposings. All I know is that I miss that wonderful courageous lady’s smile, her compassion etc. Don’t think that the new team is as good as hers, they have a slightly different agenda. Hope Bowen is as good at managing the books as Swanny was. Hope that Gonski doesn’t get watered down either. Julia got so many good things through didn’t she. Miss her heaps.

freedomsmoker,    02/08/13,   My only feeling was relief when Gillard got killed off. She definitely evoked polarized opinions. Worst prime minister in Australian history in my opinion.

Mobius Ecko,    02/08/13,     ……….can you tell us why she was the worst PM using something like facts. Oh and it wasn’t Gillard who polarised opinions, that would be Abbott and the MSM lies and deceptions putting Gillard into a no win situation no matter what she did or said. My opinion she was the best PM we’ve had, and the runs are on the board to prove it.

richo,   02/08/13,    Whatever the reality is……………..the perception out there is that she did Kevin in. Whether she did or didn’t she was part of it………

bilko,    02/08/13,    PatriciaWA,   Well said, now you have brought out the mists in my old tired eyes once again. Sad that Julia has vanished from the airwaves but not forgotten in our hearts.

Now it is all Kevin, our household either switch off or change channels. I will still vote labor to keep out Abbort not to put in Kevin. I have heard that in cabinet, Kevin is still acting the same old same old, a leopard never loses its spots. However almost anything is better than a Lieberal government wallowing in Howards hasbeens, who without him, never had an original thought amongst them. The proof is in the policies they have/not created over the last six years…………..PatriciaWa do not give up on the poems they light up the darkness.

Ragnvald,    02/08/13,    Julia Gillard carved her place among the greatest of Australia’s Prime Ministers.    I remain among her many admirers for her achievements, although there were some of her policies with which I strongly disagreed. But she rescued Australia from the ignominy of the Rudd years whilst he plotted and conspired his return. I cannot believe how many people have been so deceived by him and have ignored his spectacular failings……………..

Min,    02/08/13,    Ultimately it’s not about the person but the greater good and in this respect, whether people be Julia “supporters” or Rudd supporters, both persons having been elected by the Labor Party to be leader indicate that BOTH and I do mean both in some way embody what is right for Australia and most especially what is right for the Australian working class………………………………

Pamela Williams,   24/09/13,   Links at TPS filling out the JGPM story. http://www.afr.com/p/national/kill_kevin_the_untold_story_of_coup_cZPfd14BXwPurp6V65gM4N http://www.afr.com/p/national/killing_julia_how_kevin_rudd_got_XMQOCTPUG67OnGMh3LnXKO http://www.afr.com/p/national/how_kevin_rudd_campaign_unravelled_MUATc7semL7gLrK69U2OvN

Talk Turkey,     26/o9/13,    Julia Gillard’s Achievements,   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZFyt7M7NUc&feature=youtu.be

Casablanca’s Cache,     27/09/13,    A link to an article headlined “Julia Gillard offers no ‘hard insights’,

happy to fly under the radar in New York  by Ellen Connolly. Our former prime minister Julia Gillard appears to have found her public voice again, speaking up at the annual general meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on  Wednesday to call on nations to introduce a carbon tax. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/world/julia-gillard-offers-no-hard-insights–happy-to-fly-under-the-radar-in-new-york-20130926-2uf7a.html http://www.the-broad-side.com/former-australian-prime-minister-julia-gillard-you-can-have-a-crap-rest-of-your-life-or-move-on

Sue     20/12/13    Dear Patriciawa,  after all this time I’ve only now come to have a peek at one of my favorite sites. Thank you for all your lovely pomes.

Patriciawa   21/12/13,   Thank you too, Sue.   It’s so heartening to get feedback like yours!

Patriciawa    26/12/13,     Another great post referred by David Ewart of the Pub  http://realnewsone.com/2013/12/23/report-julia-gillard-one-of-the-best-prime-ministers-in-australian-history/ And another one found there 28/12/13

Julia Gillard, Australia’s 1st Female Prime Minister – YouTube – Inagist

Patriciawa     25/11/15,     Meeting old leftie friends for coffee, I still find huge regret for what happened to Julia Gillard, a fine leader with so much to offer to her Party and Australia.  I was asked today if we caught this tribute back then?     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moVXQzU0pOM

Song accompanying that is “No Regrets!”  and seems to have been more the message of  her gracious acceptance of the ALP reinstatement of the treacherous Rudd.   More than two years on there are the regrets of increasing numbers of us who now understand what we lost.  They make it hard for Bill Shorten to lead a united Labor party, once Rudd had so soon shewn his lack of staying power to lead in Opposition.   Images of FPMJG like this below now abound on the internet

Image result for images for Julia Gillard

Hundreds of other pictures of Julia are available, but I liked this one particularly.   How sad we don’t now have her strengths to help us with the upcoming struggle against the NLP Coalition, newly revived by the pretty-boy popularity of Malcolm Turnbull.


Patriciawa    03/02/16   Still more great postings of articles and comments about Julia who  still greatly missed amongst we lefties writing out there in the blogosphere.  This about FPMJG  is crying out for a new pome, I think.

Report: Julia Gillard One Of The Best Prime Ministers In Australian History

Patriciawa   02/03/2017     Thanks to David Foote for another great image of Julia!http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/national/never-before-seen-government-photos-by-david-foote-20170301-guo6ii.html




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