Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Sources close to the ABC say talk is growing about an imminent shift of three non-aligned backbenchers to the camp considering a vote for Kevin Rudd in order to silence ongoing media speculation about the release of the imminent pressures.
"We are all fed up. It is time to talk Turkey, or Vegemite if you prefer," said one source, who declined to be named in full and who asked to be called just Kevin, but the ABC decided this might provide a false impression about the scale of the pressures building inside the pressure cooker so would prefer to keep him nameless if you don't mind.
Julia Gillard, meanwhile, refused to be drawn on the mounting speculation, putting a brave face on the pressures growing more intense in the blistering powderkeg that is Canberra day and night, but more so during the day.
"It is a tinderbox waiting to explode," said another senior unnamed Labor figure, whose name might have been Anthony, but let us call him Kevin for the purposes of this exercise. "It will happen. And if it does not happen, we will regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of our lives," he said, indirectly quoting the final scene of Casablanca.
It is understood by the ABC (though not fully) that the pressure may come to a head, or approach a head, or approach the approach-path to a head within the next days or weeks or months or years, which we calculate provides the basis for 250 episodes of Q&A.
"You just cannot predict it. It is that huge. It is life-changing in its pressure, its unrelenting pressure," said another backbencher, who will remain unnamed because, to be frank, we just made up that quote because it seemed to fit.
As always, the ABC (conscious of missing it last time) is sinking all of its resources in covering this monumental story as the pressures go on mounting and mounting and mounting forever more. We will be bringing you updates through the day and night - in your alarm radio and kitchen radio and car radio and iPhone (or Android if you are one of those) and Twitter and The Drum and ABC24 and the worldwide web, popularly know as the Information Superhighway. Nowhere is safe from the mounting speculation.
Later this morning, Fran Kelly will interview Michelle Grattan about her discussion last night with Laurie Oakes about his interview with an unnamed senior Labor figure, who wished to remain anonymous but we will call him Kevin for the purposes of this story.
We also will be replaying Sunday's special "Inside the Insiders", in which we eavesdrop on the private thoughts of Peter Hartcher and other gallery gurus about the unrelenting and unforgiving pressure placed on journalists by the public, who just do not understand:
"We told them the challenge was on, but did they believe us? Mmmmm? No, they did not believe us. 'Beat-up', they said. Well, neagh, neagh, na-na-na. See! It was real! Take that reading public! That's why WE are the professionals and you are mere bloggers and tweeters, without pinstripe suits."
Also, don't forget 730 tonight and Chris Uhlmann, who will be interviewing Barrie Cassidy about his exclusive interview with Tony Abbott about how the unrelenting pressures of the leadership crisis have placed our entire democracy in a powderkeg that is set to blow at any minute and destroy life on earth as we know it. But not Rome, Tony added.
That's all from Canberra, but briefly in other news - the biggest revolution in education since Whitlam and a report by someone called Gomsky, Gonski or something (wasn't he in Anna Karenina?). Oh, and the euro has collapsed, spelling the end of the single currency experiment; Athens is inflames; tens of thousands are dead in Syria as the country erupts into full-scale civil war and Ricky Ponting just quit.
Posted by Mr D at 7:07 AM