Shades of Nero fiddling - don't face up to the Pink Batts, the AWU Scandal, school halls, asylum seekers - or to summarise it all, the unimaginable incompetence
I'd be a bit cross if I was a Labor politician in the Federal Parliament.
After all her stuff-ups, Ms Gillard's key message to her team is "don't mention the stuff-ups". One of the key bits in convincing other people that you understand where you've gone wrong is to fess up and talk about it.
This article is from today's Daily Telegraph and other News Ltd papers - I've spared you the photo.
Julia Gillard's demand to plug leaking in her own party
A FURIOUS Julia Gillard yesterday turned on her own MPs for leaking, accusing them of destroying the government from within in remarks later described by several as "bizarre."
Frustrated amid bad polls, the Prime Minister told a caucus meeting of MPs, many of whom were left confused and disillusioned by the government's performance over the past week, that they had to be unified.
The comments came as senior ministers Anthony Albanese and Simon Crean started reaching out to her predecessor Kevin Rudd to save them.
Mr Albanese is already considered a Rudd backer but Mr Crean supported Ms Gillard in last year's leadership ballot.
"He is an asset and we should use him. If that combination of discipline plus the asset can be agreed upon, it would be a fantastic boost to our fortunes," Mr Crean said yesterday.
While Ms Gillard was bawling out her MPs and demanding unity, the man at the centre of leadership speculation, Mr Rudd, called in sick.
He was expected to arrive in Canberra last night as speculation emerged that support for the former PM among desperate colleagues was growing.
In the Caucus meeting Ms Gillard said journalists had complained to her that when they returned from leave they had messages waiting from MPs offering "negative assessments".
The remarks led to further speculation by MPs that her leadership was vulnerable.
Labor faces a wipeout based on a Galaxy poll published by The Daily Telegraph yesterday which showed it trailing the Coalition by eight points. Newspoll had the Coalition leading Labor by 56 per cent to 44 per cent in two-party terms.
One MP said they were gobsmacked the PM had suggested that it wasn't just one or two MPs that had been backgrounding against the government. "She suggested we were lining up to undermine the government," the MP said.
"I don't understand it. It only reinforces the view that her leadership is vulnerable."
Later Nicola Roxon, newly returned to the backbench after stepping down as attorney-general, said Ms Gillard had not been talking about herself getting white-anted but rather the Labor cause in general.
"She was simply giving people an appropriate reminder ... that if we don't all pull together and work for the Labor cause, instead of maybe gossiping or possibly leaking to the media, that we'll actually damage ourselves," she told the ABC.
Ms Gillard also faced questioning from Senator Doug Cameron about how Trish Crossin was pushed aside to make way for Labor novice Nova Peris.
Ms Gillard said it took 10 years for her to get into parliament and that putting Ms Peris into the senate as Labor's first indigenous representative was the right thing to do.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott fronted his own senior colleagues yesterday, urging them to start behaving like an "alternative government".
He said Australians wanted the Coalition to "hold the government to account".
"What people are now looking for is for a little bit more from us," he said. "They want us not so much to be an opposition but to be an alternative government."