While it may be true that Kim Beazley remains Labor’s best bet as leader for the next federal election (Canberra Observed, News Weekly, April 1, 2006), it is surely not because he possesses any outstanding talent, charisma or articulateness, but rather because the rest of the ALP front bench is so untalented and unattractive.
And as for your praise of “Mr Beazley’s good traits”, as a voter/public servant I found these noticeably absent whenever I had anything to do with him when he was Defence Minister.
Up close and personal, he was uniformly arrogant, humourless, cold, without the common-touch, and unengaged with his employees – definitely not avuncular.
It is time to dump the myth of him being a roly-poly, giggling good guy who is generally liked but who just somehow can’t get the polls to reflect this
Instead, it is time to describe him honestly as a repeat political failure whose career accurately reflects the factional dysfunction and personal political aggrandisement which have been at the core of the ALP since the 1955 Split (the 2006 Hotham pre-selection imbroglio being just the most recent example of this).