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Yet again I turn to the political section of the newspaper. Yet again I feel I am reading the script of a soap opera. But the same scene and same dialogue is being replayed.

More stories on the Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard leadership crisis! Should Kevin be leader instead of Julia? Should some one else? It should be newsworthy. It isn’t. It’s boring. I’ve heard it all before. Sorry Michelle Grattan, Peter Hartcher, Paul Sheehan,¬†Katharine Murphy and Stephanie Peatling and your colleagues, I’m not interested any more. Here’s why.

Who leads the country is important, that is true. But changing leaders doesn’t change what politics is really about:

  • What will the leaders and their parties do in the short term and long term?
  • How will they do it?
  • And most importantly why?

The leadership soap opera doesn’t answer these questions. Neither does your coverage of it.